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Columbus Day Activities

Race to the New World

Race to the New World Columbus Day Activity
Race to the New World Columbus Day Activity

Race to the New World with this Columbus Day activity. Perfect for warm weather, this game lets you explore the world with the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria.

What You'll Need:

Large plastic tub


Adhesive vinyl paper in various colors

Clear adhesive vinyl


Waterproof markers

Foam blocks


To make the game, draw the scenes of Christopher Columbus' journey from the Old World to the New World on adhesive paper.

You may first want to stick a strip of blue adhesive paper around the top 4 to 5 inches of a deep plastic tub to look like the sky.

Then you can draw things like islands with palm trees, clouds, birds, fish jumping into the air, sailboats, and pirate ships on more adhesive paper. Do some research to find out what else Columbus might have seen on his journey.

Cut out the figures you drew, and stick them onto the blue paper. Label one side "Old World" and the opposite side "New World" with waterproof markers.

When you have finished creating your scene, cover the whole thing with clear adhesive paper. Then fill the tub with water to just a little below the bottom edge of the adhesive paper.

Make Columbus's boats next: the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria.

Make each boat by poking a toothpick into a small foam block.

You can use more adhesive paper to cut a sail for each boat. Label each boat with its name.

If you like, decorate the boats with waterproof markers or more adhesive paper.

Now you are ready to race. Line up the boats in the Old World and blow them over to the New. Which boat will get there first?

For the explorer that's not ready to hit the water, make him a big round world box. Learn how to make this Columbus Day activity in the next section.

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