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Columbus Day: 3 Activities To Do With Your Kids

By Katherine Stone |

Columbus Day

Christopher Columbus. Photo credit: The Biography Channel

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:

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Columbus Day: 3 Activities To Do With Your Kids

Columbus Thought He Was In Japan

When Columbus landed on Hispaniola in 1492 he actually thought he had reached Japan. In fact, at the time of his voyage, people didn't even know there was a Pacific Ocean. They were only aware of the Atlantic. Activity: Time for a little geography lesson. Trace the path of Christopher Columbus on a modern day map. Photo credit: Wikipedia

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About Katherine Stone


Katherine Stone

Katherine Stone is the founder of the most widely-read blog in the world on postpartum depression, Postpartum Progress. She writes about parenting and maternal child health on Babble Voices and Babble Cares, as well as at Huffington Post Parents. Katherine is a mom of two and lives in Atlanta. Follow her on Twitter at @postpartumprog. Read bio and latest posts → Read Katherine's latest posts →

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