Playing the Mayflower Girls

We had such fun in History recently!

We acted out a simple play I downloaded called “The Girls of the Mayflower “ by Amy Puetz.

My youngest learnt most her lines by repeating her words after me and she loved acting.

But my 11-year-old is shy.  She hates to speak publicly.  And she absolutely hates to act in front of an audience, so she made me promise that we would not perform the play for anyone.  Of course I agreed.  We rehearsed and she began to speak up and put some actions to her words.

I made some new calico bonnets and wide collars in the Pilgrim style.  the girls used their dress-up skirts and aprons and we went outside to perform our play … to the birds!

It was great fun!

But the best part is that they learnt and knew so many facts and details of the events of the Pilgrims and their journey to the New World.

Plays are a great way to make a subject come to life!

How do you make History fun?


Pilgrims, Puritans, Quakers & Early American History Notebook Pages

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This title is a mouthful,

but here is a lovely BIG 13-page notebooking and minibook combination download

for Early American History with these pages:

  • Puritans ~ half page blank & lined
  • Puritan Church ~half page blank & lined
  • Quakers – blank page
  • Quakers ~ half page blank & lined
  • Mayflower ~ half page blank & lined
  • New England ~ blank
  • Indians Help the Settlers ~ blank
  • Minibook pages for Puritans and Indians Help Settlers pages
  • Tabbed minibook for New England or Puritan pages
  • British Laws made smugglers & pirates ~ half page blank & lined
  • Minibook page for Smugglers & Pirates page & Virginia page
  • Virginia ~ half page blank & lined

My kids love to draw while I read.  Our Sonlight “The Landmark History of the American People from Plymouth to the Moon” by Daniel J. Boorstin’s chapters are quite detailed and lengthy.  They draw in the half page space or on the blank pages and then write their narrations below their pictures.

They also prefer to write their narrations in our little cut-and-folded minibooks. Somehow, these dinky, small booklets fools them to believe that they don’t have to write much!  But they write just as many facts here as they would on the lined notebook pages! (Shh … don’t tell them!)

Here is a peek at these pages:

And here’s your free download:

Pilgrims and Early American History