Columbus Day Resources: {free} printables, crafts, activities & books

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Columbus Day is celebrated on the second Monday in October every year. This year (2014), that falls on the 13th of October, which is just around the corner. There are so many fun activities, crafts and printables for you to use with your kids this year as you celebrate and talk about one of the most well-known explorers in history.

Columbus Day Resources - {free} printables, crafts, activities and books to use when celebrating this great explorer!

Printables:

Blessed Beyond a Doubt has a great list of Christopher Columbus resources.
3 Dinosaurs has a mini Christopher Columbus pack for tots and preschoolers. Don’t forget to grab the update which expands the pack to well over 100 pages!!
This Christopher Columbus Unit from Royal Baloo is perfect for K-2nd grade!
Blessed Learners has a couple of really fun Columbus Day Story Telling Coloring Pages.
123 Homeschool 4 Me has some Columbus Day Writing Prompts and Coloring Pages.
Homeschool Journey’s has a 10-page Columbus Day printable pack perfect for Elementary ages.
Head over to Apples for the Teacher for some great Columbus Day printables.
Get these fun printable Coloring Pages and Puzzles for Columbus Day from The Holiday Zone.
Super Teacher worksheets has a fun Christopher Columbus Character craft that any age can put together. Don’t forget to check out their other Columbus Day resources as well.


Don’t miss these great Fire Safety themed printables over at In All You Do.
   *Columbus Day Coloring Activities
   *Columbus Day Writing Activities
   *Columbus Day Mini Puzzle Unit

Books:

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A Picture Book of Christopher Columbus by David A. Adler
101 Facts…Christopher Columbus Voyages by IP Factly
Christopher Columbus Level 3 Reader by Stephen Krensky
Follow the Dream: Christopher Columbus by Peter Sis
Christopher Columbus by A+ Book Reports
First Voyage to America: From the Log of the “Santa Maria” by Christopher Columbus

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Christopher Columbus and the Age of Exploration for Kids by Ronald A. Reis
Meet Christopher Columbus: A Landmark Book by James T. DeKay
Christopher Columbus and the Knights Templar by Jon La Plante
My First Biogrpahy: Christopher Columbus by Marion Dane Bauer
Pedro’s Journal: A Voyage with Christopher Columbus by Pam Conrad
The Illustrated Life of Christopher Columbus by Charles River Editors
Christopher Columbus {free for Kindle} by Mildred Stapley Byne

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Who was Christopher Columbus? by Bonnie Bader
Draw, Write, Now: Book 2 – Christopher Columbus by Marie Hablitzel
The Story of Christopher Columbus by Peter F. Copeland
Where do you think you’re going, Christopher Columbus? by Jean Fritz
Story of Columbus {DK Readers Level 2} by Anita Ganeri

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Christopher Columbus: Across the Ocean Sea by Janet Benge
The Light and the Glory for Children: Discovering God’s Plan for America from Christopher Columbus to George Washington by Peter Marshall
Christopher Columbus (Rookie Biographies) by Mary Dodson Wade
Columbus Day (Rookie Read-About Holidays) by Christina MIA Gardeski

Crafts & Activities

Little Log Cottage School has a fun Columbus Day mini lapbook that kids can do. Younger kids will like this circle map to aide them in their creative writing too.
Your kids will love this fun experiment of making your own compass.
The View from the Pew has a fun handprint ship craft you can easily recreate, which doubles as a keepsake with the handprint.
I love this boat race game from One Charming Party that could easily be used for Columbus Day.
This “whatever floats your boat” is a fun Columbus Day activity.
Older kids will have fun making this Compass Rose or this Paper Boat from Kids Activity Blog.
If you’re looking for some great Columbus Day Crafts and Activities, head over to Enchanted Learning.
Add some routes for Columbus to this pumpkin geography craft and you have a great activity for older kids!
Classical Composers Monthly has a great list of resources for celebrating Columbus Day.

If you need more inspiration, don’t forget to follow my Homeschool: Columbus Day board on Pinterest

Written by Annette Breedlove

Annette Breedlove

Annette has been married to her husband and best friend since 2013. Together they are raising their six children to follow the Lord’s will, no matter what. Annette longs for the day when she will meet her 10 angel babies who have entered heaven before her. She enjoys creating UNIT STUDIES and FREE PRINTABLES for homeschool families. You can follow her crazy life at In All You Do where she blogs about homeschooling, homemaking and marriage while trying to maintain her sanity. She is also the owner of Thrifty Homeschoolers where she shares her tips on homeschooling without breaking the bank. Keep up with her via Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest or join her growing Thrifty Homeschoolers group on Facebook.

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