From the back of the book:
In 1492 Christopher Columbus sailed from Spain to America. Once there he found many new things, especially pumpkins. Read on to learn how he was able to bring Europe its very first pumpkin.
It sounds perfect, doesn't it? Unfortunately, my library system doesn't carry it, the local bookstore has never heard of it, and Amazon takes 6-9 days getting it ready to ship - so I'm not going to have it by Columbus Day.
I do have a number of other Columbus books due in at the library today, though. So, when the girls discovered my stash of toilet paper tubes, and demanded a craft, I figured we might as well make the spyglasses I had planned.
I didn't Google ahead on this craft, so I'm not sure if anyone else has done a similar version, or not - but what I wanted was a collapsible, handheld, mariner's telescope.
We used three toilet paper tubes, and cut two of them lengthwise, then overlapped, and taped them back together...
...so they fit, snugly, inside each other.
To keep them from slipping apart, we (mainly I, at this point) added a roll of tape, sticky side out...
...and an additional layer of tape, to hold that on, on both ends of each tube.
The tape on each of tubes bumps together, and keeps the tubes from being pulled out too far (as long as they aren't really yanked), or slipping through backwards, when collapsed.
I had big plans for fancying them up with construction paper covers, and plastic wrap lenses, but the girls had a different idea.
I sent them out in the yard, in search of the riches of the New World. They found gold everywhere...in the fall leaves, the golden (dying) grass, the pumpkin blossoms, and the sunflowers. Which, if I remember right, was about the type of "riches" Columbus, and his men encountered in the 1490's.
It's great to be a homeschooler.