Monday, October 8, 2012

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Happy Columbus Day! (& FREE Puppet Printables!)

One of the requirements for Kindergarten students in Texas is that they can tell the contributions of Christopher Columbus.  So we, of course, celebrated Columbus Day today!

We had a fabulous time making Columbus Puppets and telling the story of how he "discovered" the Americas.  And, to make it even better, I get to share those puppets with you!  Click here to download your {FREE} set of four puppets: a Columbus character, an indian character, a King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella piece, and a 3 Ships piece. forgot today was Columbus Day?  That's can celebrate tomorrow.  Actually, Columbus didn't see the "New World" until October 12th, and that's still a few days away!

Click here to get your set of {FREE} Columbus Day Printables!

I'd love to hear from you if you like the puppets or if you're going to use them!  You can always leave comments here or stop by my Facebook page!

A little more about Columbus (just in case you're curious):
  • Columbus was born in what is now Italy, in about 1451.
  • As a young man, he spent a lot of time sailing.  He also loved to learn, and studied geography, Latin, astronomy, history, and more!
  • Columbus and his brother applied for support for their journey (to find a short cut to the "East Indies") to several monarchs before finding success with the rulers of Spain.
  • "In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue."  It took him about five weeks to travel from Spain to the Bahamas.  
  • He described the natives he discovered as friendly and peaceful.
  • The Santa Maria, the biggest of his three ships and the one he was actually riding on, ran aground on Christmas Day and was left.  Columbus returned to Spain with the other two ships.

I may share at any of these parties!