Thanksgiving Story Braceleti

Creative Project

This is a bracelet for the kids to wear in which each bead represents a part of the Thanksgiving story. The bracelet is a visual cue to help the kids remember the first Thanksgiving. The colored beads will help them retell the story.

You Will Need:Pipe Cleaners


  • White – Represents Sails
  • Blue – Represents Ocean
  • Green – Represents Land
  • Black – Represents Difficult Year
  • Brown – Represents Turkey
  • Red – Represents Cranberries
  • Yellow – Represents Corn
  • Orange – Represents Pumpkin Pies

What to Do:

Give each child a pipe cleaner and eight beads. As you tell the poem below they should add a bead each time they hear the color.

Thanksgiving Story Poem:

With this bracelet you will know

The first Thanksgiving that was king, long ago. (Start with a pipe cleaner).

The Pilgrims set sail from far, far away

On the Mayflower with WHITE sails. (Add the white bead).

They sailed many days across the ocean BLUE. (Add the blue bead).

The seas were rough, but they made it through.

At last they spotted land so GREEN. (Add the green bead).

They were so happy they cheered and screamed.

The first year was so hard and BLACK. (Add the black bead).

Many became sick and wished they could go back.

But the Native Americans gave them a hand
And helped them survive the strange new land

They decided to celebrate in a special way
And that became the first Thanksgiving Day!

They prepared a feast with turkeys BROWN
(Add a brown bead).

And RED cranberries they has found. (Add a red bead).

YELLOW corn that they has learned to grow
(Add the yellow bead).

And ORANGE pumpkin pies don’t you know.
(Add the orange bead).

But before they sat down and got ready to eat

They held hands and remembered how thankful they were to meet


Dr. Jean Thanksgiving Poem
Photo by Stephanie Felzenberg

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