Monday, Oct. 11 is Columbus Day, a day set aside to remember Christopher Columbus and his discovery of the new world.
Columbus sailed the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria to the new world, landing in what is now the Bahamas on Oct. 12, 1492. President Benjamin Harrison first declared Columbus Day a holiday on the 400th anniversary of the holiday in 1892, though some had already celebrated the day for decades prior.
Though the true history of Christopher Columbus is surrounded by myth, the holiday serves an important purpose - - to teach children about the important of world history.
Looking for Columbus Day activities to share with your children? We've got you covered.
A poem developed over the years to teach schoolchildren about the history of Christopher Columbus. Check out the poem and practice repeating it. Soon your children will know the history of Christopher Columbus by heart.
It's rumored that Columbus passed a volcano on his voyage to the new world. Follow these directions to help your children make a volcano of their own:
Columbus stores one year's worth of food on his ships. Foods included water, sardines, anchovies, cheese, lentils, chickpeas, rice, honey, almonds, raisins, biscuits, garlic, oil and vinegar. Create a mini "buffet" with these foods and experience life the way Columbus and his crew did.
Columbus used a telescope to spot land on the horizon. Have your children make their own telescopes with paper towel rolls, masking tape, construction paper and paint. Crush one end of the paper towel roll slightly and fit it gently into the other one and tape in place. Cover the top of the towel roll with construction paper and decorate it with paint. Add a magnifying glass to the end of the telescope to create a more "realistic" effect.
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