The Italian Flag
The first craft which can be done with the toddler class is the Italian flag. A template has been provided below where the child will color each section. The Italian flag is divided into three sections. One section is Green for Hope, one is White for Faith, and the last is Red for Charity.
Since Columbus came from Italy, this would be a great coloring craft for the toddlers to take part in. You can show the children how the colors are different from one another as they practice fine motor skills and staying in the lines.
If the children can identify the numbers 1,2, and 3 you can put one number on each section (as shown below) and ask the children to color number 1 green, number 2 white, and number 3 red. This would help incorporate math basics and recognition of numbers.
The Three Ships
Columbus sailed with three ships. The largest ship was The Santa Maria and the two smaller ships were The Nina and The Pinta. The ships crafts will require several materials.
Three popsicle sticks
Templates from below
Help toddlers cut the template below. You will cut the sails and the boat sections (with the name on each). Go over the shapes that the child sees, such as triangles for the sails. Ask the child what else is shaped like a triangle.
Allow the children to color the main boat sections any color they would like. Tell them to pick their favorite color or even several colors for each boat. Ask them if they can remember the colors of the Italian flag.
Next you will have the toddlers count out three popsicles sticks each. Have them line up the sticks and first you will start with the sails or “triangles". Have the child glue the triangles on top of each Popsicle stick as shown below. Then have the child glue the main boat section on the bottom. Teach the children the difference between top and bottom.
These Columbus Day crafts for toddlers are not only meant to help the child be creative but to also integrate other educational aspects as well. The children will learn about history, have fun with opposites, recognize numbers, identify shapes, and utilize their fine motor skills.