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

September 26, 2014

Annette Breedlove

Annette Breedlove

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Columbus Day is celebrated on the second Monday in October every year. 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. And don’t miss Why Teaching Complicated History is Important if you could use some help weighing whether or not to teach the hard topics like Columbus. 

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


Get this free 28-page Columbus Day Learning Pack from Teaching with Children’s Books. 

Enjoy free coloring sheets and writing prompts about Christopher Columbus from 123 Homeschool 4 Me. 

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 Storytelling Coloring Pages.

Homeschool Journeys has a 10-page Columbus Day printable pack perfect for elementary ages.

Enjoy 30+ Christopher Columbus Activities for Kids from Happy Brown House.

Head over to Apples for the Teacher for some great Columbus Day printables.

Get these fun Columbus Day printables and puzzles 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 Columbus Day printables over at In All You Do.

   *Columbus Day Coloring Activities
   *Columbus Day Writing Activities
   *Columbus Day Mini Puzzle Unit



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

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 Biography: 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, and More

Work in some astronomy and discover if a lunar eclipse really saved Christopher Columbus’ life with this resource from Experience Astronomy.

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.

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!

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

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