snackboat-692x362Nothing says “The First Thanksgiving” quite like eating snacks from the Mayflower! These clever little snack boats are a cinch to make, plus they’re a whole lot of fun for students to assemble during history class for upcoming fall celebrations. The boats can also double as place cards at your feasting table this Thanksgiving as a great way to include younger guests in meal preparations.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • Brown Paper Lunch Sacks
  • Straws
  • Construction Paper
  • Sail & Flag Stencils
  • Heavy Cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Hole Punch
  • Markers
  • Snacks & Treats

Easy Step-by-Step Directions:

  1. Have each student open a brown lunch sack and crease the seams outward.
  2. Using scissors, cut a curved line from one folded crease upwards to the other folded crease to form a “ship” shape. This should be about 2 – 3.5” tall. Instead of cutting a straight line, the kids can vary their boat shape a bit if desired.
  3. Print the sail & flag stencils out onto heavy cardstock, then cut out the shapes. Use these as stencils that your students can trace.
  4. Have each child trace the sail and flag stencils onto construction paper (let them choose the colors), then cut them out.
  5. Using a hole punch, punch holes at the top and bottom of each sail. Try to keep the holes in a straight line and not too close to the edge (to avoid tearing).
  6. Feed the sails onto a straw, larger sail first followed by the smaller sail. Fold the flag shape in half over the top of the straw, adding a piece of tape between the layers to secure.
  7. Using scissors, make a 1 – 1.5” vertical slit in the bottom of your straw. Fold the cut pieces of the straw outward and tape them to the inside bottom of your snack boat. Use several pieces of tape to secure the straw so it stands upright.
  8. Fill your Mayflower snack boat with crackers, cookies, popcorn, chips, or other fun treats and enjoy!

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