Did you want to do some fun, educational and engaging Columbus Day activities with Kids? If so, you have come to the right place!
For learning and teaching while being fun for the kids! Find activities for all Kids.
Start by explaining the basic facts of the holiday or use the provided activities as a launch point for lessons.
Trace Columbus's journey from Spain to San Salvador on a globe. It was a long tiresome journey for the 100 sailors of the nina, pinta, and Santa Maria. Weeks passed with no sight of land. The food, water, and supplies were almost gone. Most of the sailors were restless and wanted to turn back. Columbus cheered them by talking about the riches they would find into the Indies. Finally signs of land appeared. Branches with green leaves and red berries floated past the ships. They then saw in the distance LAND! Sailing closer, sandy beaches and green forests appeared. Columbus and the sailors thought they had arrived in India, but actually they had discovered America! Dramatize the voyage.
Watch For Something New
Sit in circle. Discuss that sailors were on a ship for many days with nothing to see but water and sky. They were constantly watching for something different. Observe everyone in the circle: what they are wearing, how they are sitting, and where they are sitting. Place head in lap and close eyes. Adult changes something in the circle. Open eyes. What is different? Variation: Every day for a week take a walk or look out the same window. Discuss observations that were not noticed the previous day.
Voyage MazeIntroduce children to the concepts of maps, geography and problem-solving with challenging maze.
Show children a picture of a yacht. Ask if they know what this type of boat is called. Explain that a yacht is used for racing and for pleasure. Make a yacht pattern from tagboard. Help the children trace around the pattern on yellow construction paper. Invite them to cut out their yachts and add circles for the portholes with black crayon. The children may then want to paint blue water on a large sheet of white construction paper. When the paint is dry have the children glue their yachts on the paper
Sink or Float Boats
Combine crafts and science as you help children understand some of the challenges Columbus and his crew faced in choosing boats to sail across the ocean.
The Joy of Discovery
Part of Christopher Columbus' legacy stems from his bravery, intuition and willingness to try something new. Help Kids done these qualities with exciting activities related to voyage and discovery.