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Colonial Days

Students at El Morro Elementary School step back in time

during November for our annual Colonial Days celebration!



El Morro Colonial Days is a two-day event hosted in the MPR. The MPR is transformed backward in time to the colonial days, complete with 10 crafting stations, a Native American camp, colonial kitchen, and more! We will have an all-school assembly that will present a short skit describing the Colonial Days experience. In addition to this, there will be storytelling experiences, P.E. and lunchtime activities, classroom crafts, and a bead trading center open for business.  Colonial Days is a highlight of every El Morro student’s elementary years!



Special Colonial Days Activities


Historical Characters: Colonial Characters that will make cameo appearances in the classrooms to share about their significance in our land’s great history.


Historical Presentations: Prior to the visit to the Colonial Village, your student will participate in our classroom historical presentation. Presentations will capture the essence of what life was like in Colonial Times.


Physical Education: During PE the week of and leading to Colonial Days your student will participate in Colonial and Native American games.


Colonial Days Village Crafts Include:

  • Candle Dipping
  • Corn Husk Doll Making
  • Gratitude Letters
  • Bead Making
  • Leather Tooling
  • Rope making
  • Salt Ornaments
  • Sewing
  • Silhouettes
  • Silversmith
  • Weaving
Monday, November 20th and Tuesday, November 21st
"Story Telling" 15 min. and Colonial Days Village Visit
Story TellingVillage Visit TimeTeacher / Class   
8:10am8:25am - 9:25amStewart - 1stLe-Van - 1stMontes - 1st
10:00am10:15am - 11:15amBesecker - 4thBochenek - 4thGrey - 4th
1:15pm12:15pm - 1:10pmVogel - 2ndStevens - 2nd
12:55pm1:15pm - 2:10pmChen - 5thMartinez - 5thAdams - 4th & 5th
9:40am8:10am - 9:35amMays - TKSjule - KWilliams - KBlanton - K
10:00am10:15am - 11:15amVelotta - 3rdJameson - 3rdWong - 3rdWagner - 3rd
1:15pm12:15pm - 1:10pmKrause - 2ndFinnerty - 2ndSaucedo - 2nd & 3rd
12:55pm1:15pm - 2:10pmTogawa - 5thWilliams - 5th

If you have any questions about Colonial Days please contact ColonialDays@elmorropta.org.

We Need You!

Volunteering at Colonial Days is Fun!



We need parent volunteers to help set up the Colonial Days Village

A “WORD TO THE WISE” REGARDING COLONIAL DAYS VILLAGE VOLUNTEER SIGN UPS – When volunteering for the Colonial Days Village please plan to work only one 3-hour shift per day. If you want to work more hours in one day then plan to participate in a few Colonial Days lunchtime activities. (This will give you “a breather” outside from the constant influx of students coming inside the MPR through the village.) Also, plan to mix up your volunteer opportunities! For instance, if you volunteer at one workstation, then plan on moving to another one on a different day. That way you will meet more fun people and survive “burnout ratio”!


We need parent volunteers to help tear down the Colonial Days Village after school. The more volunteers we have the quicker the tear down and the quicker we can go home! Even if you can only stay for 30 minutes, please drop in!


Historical Story Telling Presentations

Every year Colonial Days volunteers are asked to make an educational presentation to classrooms before entering the Colonial Days Village.  Educational presentations are geared toward 1st – 5th graders. (Kindergarten has story time.)  Teachers will have presentations set up in the classrooms, ready for volunteers. We do ask volunteers who present that they are dressed in period costume.

Colonial Days Crafts


Colonial Days classroom crafts to coincide with our special two-day event. If interested in participating in a classroom craft please contact your room parent. They will coordinate a time that is convenient for your teacher. All classroom materials and supplies will be provided.


  • Kindergarten – Tops
  • 1st Grade – Pinch Pots
  • 2nd Grade – Wampum
  • 3rd Grade – Potholder Looms
  • 4th Grade – Beeswax Candles
  • 5th Grade – Design your Native American Sign “Sign of the Beaver”



Sign of the Beaver

As an El Morro fifth grade student, the Colonial Days classroom craft will give you a special opportunity to design your very own Native American “Design Your Sign” – a version from the book you’ve just completed, “Sign of the Beaver”.


Colonial Days Bead Trading Center

El Morro fourth and fifth graders will be able to participate in a very unique Colonial Days program this year during the month of November – the Character Counts! Colonial Days Bead Trading Center. The Character Counts bead center will be open to 4th and 5th graders at lunchtime. Students will have an opportunity to collect beads by demonstrating the six pillars of character development and ethical values.


Character Counts Values

  • Trustworthiness
  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Fairness
  • Caring
  • Citizenship

Colonial Days – Easy Costume Ideas


We encourage the kids to dress up as a colonist or a Native American for both days, but especially the day they come through the village. Here is a website for homemade kids’ outfit ideas.

Adults should dress up too if you work in the village! It’s all a lot of fun. You can go big and buy a costume with a full head-dress or wear a homemade costume. A dark colored skirt or pants, white blouse or shirt and a white apron work great. A bonnet or head scarf fills it out nicely. Men and women are all invited to help!




Colonial Boy

White dress shirt

Black vest

Black pants (knickers length)

White tube-socks pulled up to the knees

Black dress shoes

Black hat



Colonial Girl

White or black shirt

Black skirt

White apron

Black dress shoes

Hair worn up in a bun

White cloth napkin folded in half and bobby-pinned to hair



Native American Boy/Girl

Decorated Paper headbands with or without feathers

Braided hair

Fringed Vest made from an old plain sweatshirt. (Cut off sleeves and neck. Cut vertical opening in front to form a vest shape. Fringe bottom of vest by cutting 3” slits every inch

Fringed T-Shirt – Cut out the neck of an Adult size T-shirt – fringe the bottom and the sleeves

Beads around the neck

Cut-off old sweat pants at length – fringe the bottom

Ugg boots or appropriate sandals

Colonial Kitchen


Gathering food for our “Harvest Feast”, every year we need:


Made with love from home (a great project to involve your child)!

  • 40 loaves of homemade breads – either zucchini, pumpkin, cranberry or corn. (Available at Trader Joe’s, follow recipe on box!)


Store bought: (also available at Trader Joe’s):

  • 50 to 60 bags of popped popcorn
  • 5 to 6 bottles of real maple syrup
  • 30 to 40 packages of beef and/or turkey jerky
  • 5 to 6 pints of heavy cream (for making butter)


Each classroom is responsible for donating 3 loaves of bread, 3 bags of popped popcorn and 3 packages of beef and/or turkey jerky. Please contact your room mom for more information!


Non-perishable items may be dropped off anytime Thursday and Friday prior to the Colonial Village Event.


Perishable items (fresh breads, cream, etc.) should be dropped off the days of the Colonial Village Event.