We recently had the pleasure of touring two Columbus replica ships with our local Classical Conversations community. This was such a wonderful experience for us! Also, it was a great way to bring a bit more life to the age of exploration which is a part of the CC timeline and Cycle 2 memory work sentences.
The Nina and Pinta Tour
The ships are actually the most historically accurate replicas of the Columbus ships. More information about these ships and their schedule can be found here at thenina.com. They travel for about 10 months out of the year, and visit 30 to 40 locations around the U.S. You can check their schedule here to see if they will be in or close to your area. It was so cool to step on board and get a more real sense of what it must have been like to be on one of those ships sailing across the ocean.
We had a great tour guide who explained how many of the ships parts worked, how they navigated at that time, and many other interesting details. Below are some highlights of this adventure.
We had a great time and we will be looking for these ships to come back through our area again!
Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria Learning Activities
And here are a few fun artistic ideas to further expand on this field trip. One for my bigs and one for my littles.
(These images belong to the sites linked below, they are not my own.)
Learn to draw this May Flower Ship here at Art Projects for Kids. This website is very cool by the way, so many great art ideas!
For the younger kiddos this hand print ship is adorable! I actually did this with my bigger girls when they were 4 and 5 and they loved it! So I’m planning to do it again with my littles. This amazing idea is from The Fryman Family blog.