We have a couple of important birthdays to celebrate this month! I have collected some fun resources for learning more about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln this Presidents’ Day:
For a good starter biography, I like David Adler’s A Picture Book of George Washington. It has enough information to be interesting, without being overwhelming, and the illustrations are nice, too.
My girls really enjoyed George Washington and the General’s Dog – we learned some neat things about Washington’s love of animals! Both of these books make great read-alouds.
- Color a picture of George Washington :: Crayola
- Explore Washington’s World for Kids :: mountvernon.org
- Make a 3 Corner Hat :: A to Z Teacher Stuff
- Make a paper plate George Washington craft :: First Grade Parade
- Draw a George Washington mixed media portrait :: Pink and Green Mama
- Check out Washington’s face on quarters and dollars
There are lots of books about our 16th president! Kids can identify with Lincoln’s love of books in Abe Lincoln: The Boy Who Loved Books, they will giggle through the silly anecdotes in Abe Lincoln’s Hat, and d’Aulaire’s classic Abraham Lincoln is a lovely read (check your library for this one).
We’re also going to read a new-to-us book this year, Mr. Lincoln’s Whiskers. The story is about an 11-year-old girl and a letter she wrote to Lincoln while he was campaigning to become president. The Smithsonian National Museum of American History has a variety of activities to go along with this story, including viewing the original letter and Abe’s response. Neat!
- Lincoln coloring and writing pages :: Activity Village
- Log cabin craft with popsicle sticks :: Enchanted Learning
- View panoramic photos of the Lincoln Memorial :: Lincoln Memorial Interactive
- Clean your pennies! :: Exploratorium
And, here’s one more fun activity to do with your kiddos – make your own presidential portrait on a coin.
Download our President Coin Printable.
Our February Book List has more presidential books you and your children might enjoy reading together. Also, if your child is interested in learning more about our past presidents, you might want to check out the presidential profiles at the Smithsonian.
If you have a favorite book or activity about the presidents, please share!