Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve

Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve

Friday, November 2, 2012

Thanksgiving Flannel Friday: The Very Hungry Pilgrims

Inspired by yet another childrens' book classic, I decided to put together a flannel story Thanksgiving retelling of Eric Carle's "The Very Hungry Caterpillar."  I think it is important to teach kids the actual history of events and people in addition to the mythical stories that have develped over centuries.  I use this story as a way to share with kids that the first Thanksgiving was very different from what we know today, including the food! 

The Very Hungry Pilgrims
The heads are felt stickers from Michaels,
the bodies and clothes from die cut.
Nearly 400 years ago on a fall day in 1621 pilgrims began preparing for a harvest feast. 
Wompanoag bodies by die cut, clothes free-hand. 
Hearing the commotion, their neighbors, the Wompanoag came by to see what was going on. What they found were some busy and very hungry pilgrims.

So together they began to gather food for the feast.

Clam from a Michael's Createtology set; corn, duck and
turnips free-hand, squash a felt sticker from Hobby Lobby.
On Monday they gathered clams, but they still wanted more.

On Tuesday they gathered corn, but they still wanted more.

On Wednesday they gathered ducks, but they still wanted more.

On Thursday they gathered turnips, but they still wanted more.

On Friday they gathered squash, but they still wanted more.

Crab and fish from Createtology set, spinach, onions
 and bowls of beans and nuts free-hand 
On Saturday they gathered
fruit, and
And FIVE Deer! 

Goose and eel free hand, apple from die cut,
deer are felt stickers from Hobby Lobby
Then they finally had enough.  The pilgrims and the Wompanoag feasted for three days eating three meals a day together and playing games and having contests in between meals. 

Now the pilgrims weren’t hungry anymore and their neighbors, the Wampanoag weren’t just neighbors anymore.  They were good friends. 

The End
Happy Thanksgiving!

I'm proud to be hosting the Flannel Friday Round-Up this week.  See the entire round-up here or learn more about Flannel Friday here


  1. Wow, that's a lot of pieces! Nice work. Looks great!

  2. Very cool! I also love that you tell us where you got the stickers from. I never knew that Michaels sells face felt stickers!

  3. Awesome! Thanks for sharing a wonderful idea!!

  4. Love, love the ending, "they weren't just neighbors anymore, but good friends." It's such a wonderful concept to share at this time of year.

  5. LOVE this! Will you make another set and sell it to me? :)