And here’s a link to a printable with excerpts from his journal for your older kids to read as well.
Columbus is cool. He set out into the unknown and found new lands. After he had paved the way others said “Well, it wasn’t that hard. Anybody could have done that.” To them Columbus said, “Yes, but you didn’t, did you. I did.”
So Columbus prepared the way for the millions that followed. The brave, the resolute, the freedom seekers. There were the bums and the scoundrels too. There always are. But in the end Columbus created a world that the downtrodden of Europe could flee to. He set up the conditions for freedom where a whole new nation, the United States of America, could take root. That couldn’t happen in the old world. The old world was crowded. The old world was corrupt. And for the most part it is only those who are willing to die for freedom who came to America. And many of them did die for it. They wanted opportunity to fulfill their potential. They got that in America with a ton of hard work.
Thanks Columbus, you rock!
Printable Columbus Hat
But back to the hat. On the front is the Jerusalem cross, because Columbus was a devout Christian and believed to his dying day that when he discovered America he did it at the behest of God.
Here is the printable hat.
On the back are the words “In 1492 Columbus Sailed the Ocean Blue.” It’s a pivotal date; one of the most important in world history. Your kids should remember it.
To make the hat, cut out the front shape and the two strips of paper for the band. Color the front and the back strips then tape them all together to fit your child’s head. Make sure the words are visible when you’re done.
Here is the printable spyglass.
The spyglass cover is a map of Columbus’ first voyage. Have your child color the map, then cut it out, leaving some space along one edge for the glue. Then glue the paper map cover over a cardboard tube, like from a paper towel roll.
- Talk with your kids about what it takes to succeed . . . hint: it’s not talent, good looks, or incredible luck.
- When you’re studying Columbus or on Columbus Day you’re standing at the threshold of American history. This is a perfect time to sort of do a big sweep over the whole scope of history, all those big important things that happen up to the present day in America. It’s good to stand back and see how one event leads right into another and results in freedom–and then as we move toward the present day we can see the erosion of freedom as well. It’s the whole cycle of civilization that you aren’t aware is happening until you step away for a moment.
- Columbus Day is on the second Monday in October in the United States. Columbus actually discovered the Americas on October 12th. Find out how Columbus Day has been observed since colonial days.
- Have you seen our Colonial History Pinterest Board? It has tons of cool ideas from around the web for Columbus and much more!
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