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ColumbusColumbus Day is celebrated in the USA on the second Monday in October. It is a day in which we celebrated Christopher Columbus' trip from Spain to Hispaniola, North America in 1492. He was sent by King Ferdinand II and Queen Isabella of Spain. Columbus' crew sailed on the Niña, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria. Columbus was looking for a faster route to the far east (Asia) in order to trade for valuable spices. Instead, he found North America, after sailing for five weeks. The ship Santa Maria sank in Hispaniola, but the Niña and the Pinta both made it back to Spain. For more information on Columbus and his journeys, click here.

These crafts projects are for preschool, kindergarten and elementary school children. The crafts use materials found around the house, like egg cartons, cardboard, paper, boxes, string, crayons, paint, glue, etc. See a page about color mixing to see how to combine paint to make all the colors of the rainbow.

Click on any of the crafts to go to the instructions. Have fun!

Geography Crafts:
COLUMBUS' VOYAGE: MAP AND SHIPS


Make a map of Columbus' voyage and tiny replicas of his three ships.
PAPIER-MÂCHÉ GLOBE


A globe made from a balloon, newspaper, and flour.
EARTH PENDANT

A simple Earth pendant or light-catcher made from glue.

Native American Crafts:
RAINSTICK

Rainsticks are ceremonial musical instruments used to invoke the rain spirits. You can make a simple Rainstick from a cardboard tube and aluminum foil.
TOTEM POLE

Make a Totem Pole from a paper towel tube.
DREAM CATCHER

Make a Native American dream catcher that traps your bad dreams.
PAPER CANOE


Make a tiny birch bark canoe from construction paper (or a brown paper grocery bag) and yarn.

Columbus Day Books to Print:


Columbus Day Word Mini Book
A Printable Writing Book

A tiny, printable book about simple words related to Columbus Day-- for early readers and writers. The book has 2 pages to print and makes 8 pages for the student to cut out, color, and write in. The words are: ship, trip, wave, ship, trip, wave, and "Can you think of another Columbus Day word?


Columbus Day
Activity Book.

A short activity book on Christopher Columbus for early readers with connect-the-dots, color the map, do a ship maze, fill in the letters to label the ship, match the sails, finish the Columbus portrait, unscramble the words, do a wordfind puzzle, and do a word path puzzle.

Related Pages:
Columbus

Christopher Columbus Map Activity

A map activity on Columbus' 1492 voyage to the New World. Or go to the answers.
colorbynumber

Columbus' Ships

Solve simple addition problems, then color the picture of Columbus' three ships.
Spelling words

Columbus Day Spelling Word Questions

Use the list of spelling words to answer simple questions. Words: ship, explorer, voyage, compass, ocean, Columbus, Europe, island, Santa Maria, king Or go to the answers.
Alphabetical Order

Put 10 Columbus Day Words in Alphabetical Order - Worksheet

Put 10 Columbus Day words in alphabetical order. The words are: ship, trip, voyage, explore, compass, island, ocean, America, Spain, Portugal. Go to the answers.
Synonyms

Columbus Day Synonyms

Use the word bank to find synonyms of common words. Words: voyage/trip, ships/boats, map/chart, land/place, king/ruler, long/lengthy, difficult/hard, discovering/finding, sea/ocean, New World/America. Or go to the answers.
Spelling words

Columbus Day Word Pieces Puzzle

In this puzzle, combine pairs of word segments to make Columbus Day related spelling words. Words: captain, compass, cartography, explorer, island, king, ocean, queen, sailor, spices, voyage, world. Or go to the answers.
Write a Sentence

Write a Sentence for Each Columbus Day Word

Write a sentence for each of the Columbus Day spelling words. Words: explore, ocean, sail, world, map, spices, compass, ship, island, voyage.
find related words

Write Eight Columbus Day Words

Think of and write eight words related to Columbus Day, then write a sentence for each word. Sample answers: ship, sea, Europe, India, spices, trip, sailing, crew.
Caravel

Columbus Day:
Word Hunt Worksheet

How many words can you make using the letters from "Columbus Day"? Sample answers: scold, comb, soul, ... Go to worksheet with 30 blanks or a worksheet with 50 blanks.
Columbus code

Columbus Day Alphabet Code

Use the alphabet code to find the Columbus-related sentence. Answer: "In fourteen hundred ninety two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue."
acrostic poem

Write a Columbus Day Acrostic Poem

Write a poem about Christopher Columbus. Start each line with a letter from the word "Columbus."
acrostic poem

America: Acrostic Poem

Write a poem about America. Start each line with a letter from the word "America."
Caravel

Caravel Coloring Page

A caravel sailing ship to print and color or to color online.

Caravel

Caravel Sailing Ship: A Revolutionary Ship of Exploration

Read about the caravel sailing ship, first made in Portugal in the 1400's.



Caribbean: Outline Map Printout

An outline map of the Caribbean to print.


List of Columbus Day Words

This is a word bank of Columbus Day words.

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