I thought talking about this day, its history and the controversy would be a great way to celebrate Multicultural Monday as well as Columbus Day. So this day is to mark when Italian Christopher Columbus guided three ships, the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria to the "New World" backed by the Spanish monarchs King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella. He of course was looking for China and did not know the Pacific Ocean existed. It is said he was the first European since the Vikings (who came in the 10th century) to come to the New World. And thus "discovered" the Americas in 1492.
|Hazel's telescope we made from a cardboard roll from parchment paper, toilet paper roll, duct tape and yarn.|
|Hazel and Daddy's Ships including one drawn completely by Hazel.|
However we look at the holiday, it is a day off. And Christopher Columbus landing in the Americas is part of my country's history. So if you are looking for some crafts to do with your children to teach them about the day, here are a few resources for you. All of the places we got the above projects are listed here.
- From Enchanted Learning: crafts, coloring pages, lessons, puzzles (including Native American crafts)
- Also from Enchanted Learning: Lessons on Christopher Columbus, the Explorer
- From Apple4the Teacher: Round up of many sources
- From Kaboose: Many activities, crafts and food
- From DLTK's Kids: Many activities, crafts, and everything you need to play the part of explorer
- From DLTK's Kids: Native American crafts
- From 123 Holiday: crafts
- From Kid Craft Zone: Games and Crafts
- From First School: Boat crafts
- From About.com: Crafts, games, activities including ocean crafts
- From Artist Helping Children: Many different crafts including Native American crafts.
- From A to Z Teacher Stuff: Activities, lessons, crafts (all with appropriate grade level)
- From All Kids Network: Boat craft for preschoolers with template
- From Bright Hub Education: Three Fun Activities to do with Preschoolers
- From Holly's Preschool Place: Lessons and Activities for Columbus Day for Preschoolers