Christopher Columbus Activities for Kids

We’ve been studying Early Explorers at our house in the first few weeks of homeschool. During our Christopher Columbus Unit, we’ve looked at maps of Christopher Columbus’ accidental voyage to North America, made our own versions of the Niña, Pinta, and Santa Maria, and so much more! I’ve pulled together all of the best Christopher Columbus Activities for Kids–snacks, crafts, printables, and more– for inspiration and wanted to share them with you! This list would be perfect for your own Christopher Columbus unit or for Columbus Day Activities for Kids, which is in October.

30+ Christopher Columbus Activities for Kids

Christopher Columbus Activities for Kids

Have your little one practice cutting skills while making a Columbus Day Collage from Crayon Freckles. Isn’t this one just adorable?

Make a Triple Sail Boat out of simple shapes, craft sticks, and cereal from Reel Mama.

Create a sensory experience with this Columbus Day Spice Painting. Kids will be sure to remember that Christopher Columbus was originally trying to find a western trade route to India and China with this activity!

Make an adorable handprint keepsake with a Handprint Columbus Boat Craft from The View from the Pew.

Give your kids an engineering challenge to design and build a boat that floats. This is a great STEM activity using recycle materials!

Recycle plastic fruit cups from your kids’ lunch box to make some boats to float in the water table. Originally a Thanksgiving & Mayflower Craft, this would still work for Columbus and other explorers.

Dig in your recycle bin again and make Egg Carton Columbus Day Boats that really float!

Still want more boat ideas? Here is a round-up of 18 Boat Crafts for Kids to Make gathered by Kids Activities Blog.

Christopher Columbus Snacks for Kids

Make a healthy Columbus Day Snack with lots of fruits and veggies.

Serve miniature Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria boats for a Columbus Day Muffin Tin Meal out of shrimp and cheese.

Create a Columbus Day Bento Lunch with an educational twist that is sure to please your little ones!

Christopher Columbus Printable Activities for Kids

Give your printer a workout and then laminate to your hearts content with these printable activities for Christopher Columbus.

3 Dinosaurs shares a Christopher Columbus Pack that has been updated to include 49 pages of fun! (Ages 2-8)

Royal Baloo has another great Free Christopher Columbus Printable Pack that includes different activities and super cute graphics! (school-age)

123Homeschool4Me has some super cute Columbus Day Coloring Sheets & Writing Prompts

In All You Do has a set of Free Columbus Day Coloring Activities with over 32 coloring pages.

Christopher Columbus Books for Kids

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Don’t forget to pair these fun Christopher Columbus activities with a good book! Some of our favorites include:

Christopher Columbus (Step into Reading, Step 3, Grades 1-3)

You Wouldn’t Want to Sail With Christopher Columbus!: Uncharted Waters You’d Rather Not Cross

Who Was Christopher Columbus?

Follow the Dream: The Story of Christopher Columbus

First Voyage to America: From the Log of the “Santa Maria” (Dover Children’s Classics)

My First Biography: Christopher Columbus


Encounter (Voyager Books)

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  1. I love this topic Sara! What a terrific roundup of ideas – the making boat projects look like so much fun and the boat collage is a super cute idea! I’ve pinned and will be sharing on FB. Best, Sue

  2. Dorothy Boucher says:

    thank you for taking the time to put these up for us and sharing them , and also putting the links for all the print outs 🙂 Fall is in the air , love it 😉 thanks for share @tisonlyme143

  3. Hi Sara, I always forget about Columbus Day, thanks for some great inspiration!

  4. Love these ideas! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Wow, some great ideas!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

  6. Amazing how many creative ideas there are on the subject.


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