Here is the pattern I used for pilgrim hats for boys. I used a standard manila folder as the material so that the template is thick enough to last for years. I got the pattern from a past teaching partner and have used it ever since. It is too large to trace and scan on a 8.5 by 11 paper so I don't have a link for it. However, through the pictures you can see it takes up the entire size of the manila folder and traces nicely onto a large 18 X 13 construction paper without having too much excess to trim off.
|Pilgrim Hat Template to trace on black construction paper|
|Pilgrim hat trim and gold buckle|
|Pile of Pilgrim hats and all the fixin's! Ready for kids to glue.|
|Pilgrim Hats get fitted to each head.|
|Pilgrim hats get the excess overlapped and stapled to fit perfectly.|
|Pilgrim Hats for boys!|
Now for the ladies. They got to wear bonnets made out of white construction paper and black yarn. It took a lot of folding, one staple, two 12' pieces of yarn, and a hole punch.
|Pilgrims in a bonnet and hat enjoying a snack|
|Step One to making a pilgrim bonnet|
|Step Two to making a pilgrim bonnet.|
|Step Five to making a pilgrim bonnet.|
Step Six and Seven: Open the flaps and pick up the top peak and the inside squared flaps and hold them in the same hand together as shown above. This is where you will place the staple making sure the top peak and the two squared flaps are in the same staple. See below.
|Step Seven to making a pilgrim bonnet.|
|Step Eight to making a pilgrim bonnet.|
|Pilgrim girl bonnet out of construction paper|
I was able to prep the boys' hats in one sitting after school and the girls' bonnets on a separate day. While I fit the kids with their bonnets one at a time, I have them color a pilgrim coloring sheet. Click here for the free download.
|Free Pilgrim Coloring Sheet|
We also made Indian crowns the day before. We had each color symbolize a part of the Indian life style we read about earlier in the week. The kids related it to camping as we were discussing the colors. Red was fire for keeping warm and cooking meat. Yellow was the sun for growing plants. Blue was for water. Brown was for soil.
|Indian Crowns for Thanksgiving|
|Indian Crowns for Thanksgiving - Symbolic Colors|
|Free Coloring Sheet for Thanksgiving|