Christopher Columbus Day is October 11, 2010. Many countries, including the United States, celebrate this day that Christopher Columbus arrived in the Americas, which occurred on October 12, 1492. Whether you homeschool your children or just want to teach them a little bit of history and geography, Christopher Columbus Day presents a fun opportunity to learn through crafts! Here are three Columbus Day craft ideas to get you started:
1. Newspaper Sailor Hats
1/2 sheet of newspaper or gift wrap
To Make: Fold the 1/2 sheet of paper in half. Fold the corners in to make triangles. Fold the bottom flap up, then flip hat over and flip the other bottom flap up. Use tap to secure the flaps. Open hat & let child wear it to commemorate Columbus Day!
Old paper towel tube
To Make: Encourage child to decorate their telescope any way they choose. Then teach the child to look through the telescope in search of land, sea, sky and whatever else they choose.
3. Ship in a Bottle
Old soda bottle (2 liter)
Cardboard or construction paper
Crayons & markers
To Make: The adult should make a cut out in one side of the bottle. Have the child make a ship out of construction paper like the Nina, the Pinta or the Santa Maria. Glue the construction paper ship upright on the cardboard, then place the cut out portion of the bottle over the ship. Your child now has their own “ship in a bottle” to commemorate Columbus Day!