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In fourteen hundred ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. This collection of Christopher Columbus activities and resources will help you and your students celebrate Columbus Day!
Christopher Columbus Activities
Monday, October 9, is Columbus Day. This day commemorates the day that Christopher Columbus arrived on the American continent. Many people think he discovered America, but there were people who had been living here for a long time before that.
However, it was Columbus’ journey that led to the colonization of America. Here are some fun ways to celebrate Columbus Day with your children.
Books about Christopher Columbus
Fill your book basket with a great collection of Christopher Columbus. Most of these books can be found at your local library or used bookstore. If you have a hard time finding them, you can order them on Amazon by clicking the images below.
Columbus Day Art Projects
Columbus Day Activity | This 3-D representation of the three boats Columbus took on his voyage is a great way for little ones to practice scissor skills. Older kids will enjoy the mixed media aspect of the project.
Handprint Ship | I’m a sucker for handprint projects. While this one is made with craft foam, I much prefer painted handprints. Either way, this is a great project for young children to attempt as you study Christopher Columbus.
Christopher Columbus Ship Craft | Not a fan of handprint crafts? How about turning a paper plate into a ocean on which Columbus’s three ships can sail?
Videos About Columbus
**Please preview all videos and watch in full screen to keep You Tube comments out of sight of little ones.**
Sesame Street: Kermit News: Columbus | Perfect for tots, preschoolers, and early elementary students.
Muffin Stories: Christopher Columbus | This cartoon is appropriate for elementary-aged students.
Christopher Columbus: Mini Biography | This documentary clip is appropriate for upper elementary and middle school students.
Christopher Columbus Printables
This fun 28-page packet is full of activities for your early learners. Inside, you’ll find the following activities for your little learners:
- 3-part cards
- handwriting practice
- beginning sounds clip cards
- color and write pages
- common and proper noun sort
- letter hunt
- skip counting puzzles
- writing prompts