It’s Columbus Day once again, so we thought we’d share a few things you may not know about one of the world’s most famous explorers, as well as a few related activities to try with your kids.
Christopher Columbus, born Christóbal Colón in Genoa, Italy, is famous for having discovered America. Who doesn’t know the rhyme “In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue …”? Today we celebrate his discovery, thanks to a federal law passed in 1937.
Many argue, however, that Christopher Columbus shouldn’t get credit for discovering the Americas. He wasn’t even the first European to set foot here. The Vikings had colonies as far west as Newfoundland in the 10th century. Still others prefer not to celebrate because of so many native North Americans died at the hands of explorers like Columbus.
Here are a few simple activities to enjoy with the kids for Columbus Day: