Christopher Columbus Art Project

We’re back in the full swing of school now with 2nd and 3rd grade and things have been a little crazy around here.  We were still able to fit in our Christopher Columbus art project though.  We recreated the Niña, Pinta and the Santa Maria with paper.  :)

We created this Christopher columbus art project using things found around the house.


You will Need:

  • Elmer’s Glue
  • Toothpicks and/or popsicle sticks
  • Scissors
  • Paper for the base (we used cardstock)
  • Paper for the sails (cardstock again)
  • Sand
  • A red marker

First, we drew out the layout of the three ships.  Then cut them out. The larger ship is the Santa Maria.  I made that one since I am the biggest.  The little ones made the little ones.

Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria template

We then cut along the lines and stapled the ends of the ship together.Cutting out a paper shipStapling a paper ship



Next was the tricky part. We cut the excess paper that went past the tip (as shown above) and folded the paper along the contour of the boat.  Then we folded that flap of paper inside the boat and glued it.IMG_2954[1]


Now for the fun part!  We took about a cup of play sand from the sandbox and mixed it with about 2 tablespoons of white glue. Don’t worry, since the glue is water soluble it will wash out of the dish if you don’t let it dry too much.mixing glue with sand


Time to make your sails!  We cut out white card stock in the desired size.  We made 2 rectangles. You might want to add the red cross.  It just makes it look more fun :)

Then we slit the sails on top and bottom and inserted the Popsicle stick (or toothpick) and curved the sails a little bit to make them look like they were filled with air. A dab of glue on the back held them in place.Sail for the Santa Maria


Now for the really fun part!  We got our hands dirty and filled out paper boats with the glue-soaked sand. Once it was all pressed in we inserted our masts and…Viola! Our sailing ships were born.

  • What are some educational crafts you have enjoyed doing with your children?  Please leave a comment below, I’d love to hear from you.  I’m always looking for new ideas!

Columbus Collage

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