While we were studying the Thanksgiving unit study when the children were younger, we would take packages of inexpensive modeling clay and everyone would sit around the kitchen table, night after night, slowly but surely creating our own version of Plymouth Plantation. The children created tiny figures, houses, stockade walls, a lake, and even a few fishing poles!
We assembled the village on a large piece of freezer paper centered on the table, and eventually this became our Thanksgiving centerpiece. You can do the same thing with a cookie sheet covered with foil or freezer paper, and it will be easier to move their creation from one location to another.
So, pick up a few packages of nontoxic inexpensive modeling clay at your local dollar-type store, and get ready for some fun! Some of our best homeschooling memories have been made with projects just like this, gathered round the kitchen table, laughing and talking and sharing.