A Brand New World

The Landing of the Pilgrims."(1877) by Henry A. Bacon
Can you imagine what it would be like to move to a new world that has none of the luxuries you're used to? 

When the pilgrims set sail on the Mayflower, in September, of 1620, nothing could have prepared them for the adventure they were about to embark on!

Today's spark is to imagine what your life would be like if you traveled back in time to America, during the 1600's and came back. 

Keep in mind that there are no stores or cities, there's no electricity, cars, power equipment, electronic technology such as televisions, computers, cell phones or telephones during this time period. Modern money is no good during this time period either.   

Here are some questions to help guide you through the activity if you feel that you need them:

  • Did you journey with anyone else?
  • What did you take with you?
  • How did you prepare for your trip?
  • What would you need to know and learn in order to survive the winter months?
  • How did you get there? Did you fall or bump into something? Did you step into a time machine? Did some kind of object send you there?
  • What was your trip through time like? Did it happen so fast that one minute you were here and the next there? Did it seem to take forever to get there? What went through your mind as you were traveling?
  • What happened when you got there? 
  • What did you see?
  • How did you feel?
  • What was the weather like? (They stopped in Dec 1620.)
  • What was your first thought?
  • What did you do first?
  • What did you do while you were there?
  • Who did you meet along the way?
  • How did you get around while you were there?
  • How long did you stay?
  • Did you like it there?
  • What was the best part of the trip?
  • What was your least favorite part of the trip?
  • Would you go back again?
  • How did you get home?

Would you share your awesome adventure with others or find a way to record your memories?

Would you...

Write it all down?

Draw the things you saw and did?
Paint what you saw?
Use a video/audio device to record your memories?
Dictate your story to someone?
Tell someone your story?
Create a book about your story?

Perhaps you would imagine it all in your mind and keep it to yourself!

No matter what you decide to do, allow your imagination to flow and be as creative as possible.

If you need a little more information to answer these questions, this site may prove helpful to you. The History of Thanksgiving and the Mayflower have sites and resources you can use as well.

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  1. These are great questions to spark some added creativity! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Thank you! I hope people find it fun too!