I am not a history buff. It was never my strength in school. So I have to do some extra research when it comes to homeschooling and history.
One of my favorite ways to teach history is to use holidays to learn about presidents, world holidays, and the origin of each one.
Here is what we will be doing to celebrate and learn this President’s Day week.
Who doesn’t love a good paper plate craft? These materials you should already have on hand, which makes this craft awesome! What a great idea from the First Grade Parade.
We of course must dress up like Abraham Lincoln. This idea was inspired by these President’s Day Crafts.
Here is how to make an Abraham Lincoln hat and beard. You should also have all of these materials on hand. Score!
For the hat, take a sturdy paper plate and cut out the center.
Use a marker to color it black for the rim of the hat.
Take two pieces of black construction paper and tape together on the short ends. Then, fold over the top of the long end to make it easier to attach to the paper plate.
Fold the paper into a cylinder and stick it through the plate. You will then start making small rips along the rim to tape to the plate. This part will probably need an adult’s assistance.
Once the cylinder is secure to the plate, tape it together along the seam.
Set the hat down on another piece of black construction paper to make the top of the hat.
For the beard, draw the outline of the beard on a piece of black paper. Cut out and also poke two holes in the beard while holding it on the child’s face. Also poke two holes into the hat so you can use the string to attach the beard to the hat.
One of our Abe Lincolns taking his job very serious.
To be a little more authentic, we will use quill
pens pencils for our writing today.
Here is the printable from Crayola for you to make your own.
Sorting these President’s Day Trading Cards is a really fun activity. We read the facts and then placed them in order. I can see this being an activity that my boys come back to often as they are fascinated by the presidents. They loved seeing how long they lived and the years they lived.
This President’s Day ABC Order Worksheet was a great activity for the boys to work on together.
Sorting the coins by president is another one for President’s Day that is educational.
How will you celebrate your President’s Day Weekend?? Whatever you do, remember all that our forefathers did for us and America.