Columbus Day is on Monday, and many children have off school. If you are a parent, you may be trying to think of fun, free activities and events to take your children to on Monday. There will be lots of Columbus Day sales on Monday, but we all know that children will not enjoy those! So, we have compiled a list of Columbus Day freebies and inexpensive activities that will keep your children entertained and busy.
If you have a child in 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade, this Columbus Day freebie might be of interest to you. If your child has read or will be reading the book Encounter by Jane Yolen, this Christopher Columbus Encounter packet is a great freebie for them! The packet contains 5 pages of content that cover reading comprehension, observations about character traits, etc.
You can find Columbus Day 2015 coloring pages, writing prompts, and other fun activities for children on this website. These activities are geared towards younger children in the 1st and 2nd grades.
If the weather is nice on Monday and you want to get out of the house, you could have a Columbus Day picnic in a park or even in your own backyard! This is inexpensive and fun for the kids. If you want to make it extra special, you could help your children research foods that might have been eaten when Christopher Columbus was alive and feast on those items at your picnic.
You can make a simple but tasty Columbus Day snack for your children. All you need are small, clear plastic cups, blue JELL-O, orange slices, toothpicks, paper, and scissors. Prepare the JELL-O according to the direction on the package. While it is still liquefied, pour even amounts into the plastic cups. Allow the JELL-O to set up. Then, place an orange slice rind-side down on top of the JELL-O. Cut a triangle out of the paper and stick a toothpick through it so that it looks like a boat’s sail. Stick the end of the toothpick into the orange slice and voila! You have Christopher Columbus’ sailboat on the ocean.