Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away and while you will certainly be bombarded by turkey crafts soon, I wanted to share an Indian construction paper teepee project with you today. As children learn about the first Thanksgiving, they will find that Indians played a big part. Make this fun and easy Thanksgiving craft with the kids to help them get a better understanding of how it all began.
You can find full printable instructions are at the end of this post.
Start off by forming a simple cone from construction paper.
Snip off any extra with scissors.
Mark the inside of the cone where you will be taping it together.
Open it back up.
Decorate with markers.
Roll it back up and tape it together.
Trim a small piece off the top.
Cut pipe cleaner into pieces.
Twist three together.
Make the flames for the campfire (see printable instructions).
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Construction Paper Teepees
- 2 sheets of tan construction paper
- Colorful markers
- 1 brown pipe cleaner
- Hot glue gun
- Begin by making a cone shape from construction paper. Use a pen to mark inside the cone where you will tape it together.
- Open it up and use colorful markers to draw Indian symbols such as turtles, bear claws, suns and mountain ranges. There are plenty of symbols on the internet, simply do a web search for “american indian symbols”, then choose the images option to see the different sources.
- After decorating your cones, tape them together, inside and out.
- Use scissors to snip off a small slanted opening at the top.
- Cut pipe cleaner into 6 equal parts. Twist three of those pieces together at one end. Hot glue the twisted end into the opening at the top of the teepee. Repeat with the remaining three pipe cleaner pieces for the second teepee.
Originally published on this blog November 2, 2103
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Wampanoag tribes did not live in tipis. This seems like a strange Thanksgiving craft (bordering on offensive), since there is very little educational value. You may want to reconsider having this on your site, as this seems like a whitewashing of an historical event. It just seems like we would have moved past things like this by now. Let’s work together to teach our kids well! 👍