We used to call Indigenous people Indians. This is because when Columbus landed, he thought he was in India. Come to find out, he wasn’t. So, we have since referred to the people who were here as indigenous people or Native Americans. This Indigenous people craft is a great way to talk to kids about the people who lived here before Pilgrims came over on the Mayflower.
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How to Teach Kids about Indigenous People
We have all heard the story of Thanksgiving, but there is so much culture and story to Indigenous People! Here are a few ways you can really teach your kids about indigenous people:
- Learn about present life: Indigenous people are not just people in the past. They are still alive today.
- Read books written by Indigenous people: The history books don’t always get everything right, but reading stories written from indigenous people views is a great way to learn more about them.
- Unpack myths about Christopher Columbus: There’s a story we have all learned, but its important to teach our children he true story.
SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR This Indigenous People Craft
You only need a few basic supplies to create this wonderful Thanksgiving craft.
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How to Make this indigenous People craft
Download the printable template of this Native American boy. Once downloaded print out the pieces on the correct colored paper.
Cut out the template pieces and prepare them for pasting with PVA glue or a glue stick.
Glue the different pieces of the Native Indian boy together. Finally glue the feathers to the back of the hair.
Once this craft is complete you can continue the activity by talking about gratitude. Discuss the many things kids can be grateful for and use the prompts to create a thanksgiving craft on gratefulness.
Download Your Thanksgiving Craft Template Here!
- Colored Paper
- Black Marker Pen
- Printer and Ink
- Download the printable template of this Native American boy. Once downloaded print out the pieces on the correct colored paper.
- Cut out the template pieces and prepare them for pasting with PVA glue or a glue stick.
- Glue the different pieces of the Native Indian boy together. Finally glue the feathers to the back of the hair.
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Angela Milnes is a Qualified Early Years Teacher who specialised in Preschool and Kindergarten teaching. She has a wealth of experience teaching young children and is passionate about kids crafts, preschool music and reading with kids. Don’t forget to follow our fun crafts and creative ideas over on Facebook.