? Kids might also want to try some crafts projects related to maps and ships. The web site www.enchantedlearning.com has directions for drawing a simple map that illustrates Columbus’s voyages as well as making tiny replicas of his ships. Also, look for www.kidsdomain.com/holiday/columbusday.html, where you’ll find one of the best sites for activities, books, information, quizzes and games for Columbus Day and practically every holiday you can think of. Or take a look at the craft projects on the web site www.dltk-kids.com which has coloring pages that can printed out and directions for constructing an easy-to-do but elegant Spanish galleon.
? An interesting web site for older kids is the Columbus Navigation Home Page which explores the history, navigation and landfall of Columbus.
? Best of all, find out about the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation, an independent agency of the Federal government that seeks to nurture and recognize pioneering individuals and programs which reflect the visionary spirit and pioneering heritage of Christopher Columbus. One way they do this is by giving Christopher Columbus Awards for sixth through eighth graders who work in teams with an adult coach. The team must identify a problem in its community and devise a solution that requires hands-on experience with the scientific process. Finalists get an all-expense paid trip to Walt Disney World and a week at the Christopher Columbus Academy. Each member of the winning team takes home a $2000 saving bond each, and they also have the opportunity to win a $25,000 community grant. Maybe the best way to celebrate Columbus Day is to make sure your kids’ school knows about this program and makes plans to compete.
? And, of course, Columbus Day is the perfect excuse to order in pizza. You can find the history of pizza at www.mamatheresa.com/history-pizza.htm. Spaghetti’s always a great Columbus Day dinner, too.
From How to Raise An American by Myrna Blyth and Chriss Winston (Crown Forum)