Here are some of our favorite Presidents Day Activities for kids. These are great for homeschooling or teaching your kids about our forefathers.
Presidents’ Day is personal. Many years ago, my son fell in love with everything presidential… now keep in mind that history was never my strong suit. But as a parent, I wanted to feed his curiosity. And so our journey began… and little did I know at the time, but the seeds of Homeroom At Home were planted, as well.
We checked out books at the library, we combed through the Scholastic book orders and we sourced out presidential facts anywhere we could, including an amazing vacation in Williamsburg.
We found lots of clever resources and we had a great time learning about our Presidents. Presidents’ Day took us back to those shared moments and reminded us to delve deeper out of appreciation for our history.
All these years later, I’m so impressed with all the crafts and activities available to celebrate Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. Pinterest certainly doesn’t hurt this cause and I urge parents to take a look at what might be intended as a classroom project or home-school assignment as something that any parent can pull off on that long weekend in February.
Below you’ll find several ways of paying tribute to Washington and Lincoln with interactive and educational activities and reading suggestions. And although my son is an adult, I still have a “thing” for early American history and a Kindergartner who loves a good craft. So once again, I’m combining history lessons with differing techniques to enhance her knowledge on the subject and bring us a bit closer as we discover or rediscover some favorite facts along the way.
My suggestion to a parent looking to embrace Presidents’ Weekend as a learning opportunity is to keep it simple and vary the activities. Here’s what has worked for us.
When Washington Crossed the Delaware by Lynne Cheney
The Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln (Illustrated by Michael McCurdy)
Liberty or Death – The American Revolution by Betsy Maestro
George Washington Our First President by Garnet Jacksons
A Hall Of Heroes e-book by Home of Heroes
Abraham Lincoln Road to the White House by Keith Brandt & Joann Early MacRen
George Washington Founding Father by Laurence Santrey & Joann Early MacRen
Presidential Paint Stick Timeline by Deceptively Educational
Abe Paper Plate Mask via Pinterest/Easy Preschool Craft
Presidents’ Day Cubes via Primary Inspiration
Presidents’ Day Mini Book from Ready-Set-Read
George Washington Portrait by A Cupcake for the Teacher
Washington or Lincoln crossword puzzle (www.RealLifeAtHome.com) – a great way to collectively test your knowledge
Civil War Photos 23 Cards by Mathew Brady – something about actual photos that tell a story
Civil War Word Searches by Word Searches of American
Youtube offers a variety of video resources for children… check out the 2 below from Disney Education
Tour Lincoln’s home and other places of interests via this virtual gallery tour, learning about his family, residence and interests.
For more presidential trivia, reading suggestions and engagement ideas, be sure to visit our “Celebrating President’s Weekend with Fun Facts” at our blog and our Presidential segment coming soon at www.HomeroomAtHome.com.