Presidents’ Day Craft For Toddlers & Kids

President's Day Craft For KidsI have always loved President Lincoln. Yes I am Canadian but I remember reading a book all about Lincoln and the log cabin he lived in when I was in 4th grade. It was my favorite. It’s no wonder I ended up studying history in university minoring in American history . Little did I know this would come in handy and I would end up marrying an American and raising my kids south of the border. So back to President Lincoln. There is so much to know about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln but really at such a young age our focus is to introduce and familiarize not fill with facts and drill them out of them. Kids can relate to Lincoln’s log cabin because that is was his home, they have homes and were babies once too. Use that connection to start a connection from your child to this great historical figure.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some cardboard , popscicle sticks, glue, scissors,  a flip top lid ( ours is from baby wipes), a picture or drawing of President Lincoln and some crayons.presidents day craft for kids 2
  2. Start by having your child color the card board. My daughter chose browns but color it pink , green or purple if you want.presidents day craft for kids lincoln's log cabin
  3. While they are coloring trim the print out of Lincoln. There are tons of free clip art a quick Google search and you’ll find lots! Glue it to the flip top lid.Presidents day craft for kids lincoln
  4. Cut the card board into a house and add the door.president's day craft log cabin for kids
  5. Add glue .Presidents day craft for toddlers lincolns cabin
  6. Add the logs. She was not happy about this step because she is in a phase where she doesn’t want to touch the glue. I was wiping her hands between each stick going on.Presidents day craft toddlers and kids
  7. Add glue to the door and glue some more “logs” on .presidents day craft for toddlers and preschool
  8. She couldn’t wait to play !presidents day peek a book lincoln log cabin craft for kids
  9. Let dry .Easy President's Day Craft for Kids

Books About Presidents

George Washington’s Teeth
by Deborah Chandra and Madeline Comora is a funny telling of how George Washington got those famous false teeth. What I like so much about this book and what my son did too is it also tells the story of the Revolutionary War. I think the brilliant thing about this book is it shows that George Washington wasn’t the super hero that he is often portrayed as. This makes him , his story and American history in general way more accessible to young kids. I can’t ignore the really fantastic tertiary lesson about dental hygiene as well.

 

What Presidents Are Made Of by Hanoch Piven is a simple book that brings together a collection of presidential anecdotes that will probably make you laugh more than your kids but trust me they’ll still enjoy it. It humanizes iconic figures we know and makes readers curious to learn even more about these great men. The collage style illustrations are fun and quite funny as well.

Presidents’ Day by Anne Rockwell is a perfect introduction to presidents, some of their major accomplishments and some major points in American history. The story follows a class putting on a play and we learn about some of the most significant presidents as the children do. Even if President’s Day is months away you can use this book while learning about money , linking the various presidents on coins and bills, or for Independence day too! Very cute and age appropriate for older preschoolers.

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Freedom Collages for the 4th Of July

When you think of all the things the United States celebrates on the 4th of July independence and freedom are at the heart of it all. So as a fun but still oh so patriotic craft we made these freedom collages. The kids were free to use what they wanted with the only stipulation being that they use red, white and blue. For my kids they do well with fun exciting set ups. The term invitation to play is used in early childhood circles and I often think I set up invitations to create. This was hands off for me other than being a gopher for supplies. While my son created we talked about the revolutionary war ( he is a wee bit obsessed with military history) and while my daughter did I talked a little about what she was doing but really just observed. Here is how we did it.

  1. Gather your materials. You can use anything. I asked my son what he wanted me to put out and then I added a few more things. We had paint, a canvas, glue,scissors,  pipe cleaners (love these sparkly ones ) , buttons, paper, plastic lids,  and sticky back foam.
  2. Step everything up ready for your patriotic artist.
  3. Create. There are so many possible lessons in open art like this let your child direct the creation and the lessons will follow.
  4. They both started with paint. And we stumbled upon a lesson in color mixing with my daughter.4th of july
  5. Fine motor skills got a good work out while they peeled the back off the sticky back foam.
  6. Even though my kids did this project separately ( my son and I did it while my daughter was napping and when she woke she wanted to make one too).  There wasn’t much difference other than putting the smaller buttons in the jar and leaving out only the larger ones she won’t try to eat.
  7. Let dry and display.

BOOKS

books about the usa Want some great books about the USA to pair with this activity? Check out these.

Super Easy 4th of July Wreath

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I stand by that title, this really is the easy and cheap too, but still a super cute 4th of July craft . We used felt but you could use fabric if you have it on hand. My son was busy playing knights with his grandparents visiting from Texas but I think he could have made this with me. It’s a great patterning lesson, though I would guess most 5 and under would tire of it after a few minutes so make this a group endeavor if need be.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a paper plate, scissors, and three sheets of felt in red, white and blue.
  2. Cut your felt into strips ours were about 8 inches long.
  3. Cut the middle out of your paper plate.
  4. Start tying – doing a simple double knot.
  5. Continue the pattern all the way around.

Uncle Sam Puppet For The 4th of July

uncle sam puppet for 4th of july craft

This is the first Uncle Sam craft we’ve ever made. Being Canadian I don’t have a great reserve of creative ideas for 4th of July but after brainstorming with my mother in law and looking at my supplies available we settled on making an Uncle Sam paper bag puppet.  It’s easy to adapt to many different ages and the end result was so awesome!Oh and if you want to sneak in some learning this craft is full of all sorts of shapes.

  1. Gather your materials, You will need a paper bag ( ours was a blue one so we also use some paper bag for his face), googly eyes, red, white and blue construction paper, glue, a circle,  heart and star paper punches and scissors.
  2. Start by cutting out the following shapes. Depending on your child’s age and ability make fewer of these for little guys and for older ones have them cut out their own. We used 2 red triangles for the bow tie, a blue square and red rectangle for his hat, and circle for his face. I made smaller rectangles to make his hat striped but it was too much for my guy.
  3. Punch out the circles and stars from the white paper. My son loves using these punches but if you don’t have one or a child who is giddy to use it try cotton balls! If you are using paper punches if you put down a fabric place mat it helps stop runaway paper from getting loose.
  4. Punch out or cut a heart.
  5. Time to add glue. Make sure you are only gluing on the bottom so you can use the bag as a puppet.
  6. Add the face , hat, eyes and more glue for the beard. He was super fast and didn’t need my help so my step by step pictures are a wee bit garbled! This is the look he gave me when I begged him to pause for a picture.
  7. Use the circles to make the beard. Add the triangles for the bow tie and heart for a mouth.
  8. Add the brim of the hat and the stars!
  9. Let dry.

My Favorite Book About The 4th of July

Apple Pie Fourth of Julyby Janet S. Wong is an awesome book. I am always awed by authors who can tackle complicated “adult” issues in the pages of a children’s book successfully. In this case the issue is 1st generation identity and immigration. The little girl in this book is sulking around her parent’s store on the 4th of July. They are busy making Chinese food for customers she is sure won’t come, who would want Chinese food on such an American holiday is her rational. Of course there are layers about her connection to her ancestral culture and her own national pride. As a proud owner of a green card and a Canadian passport I relate to this story, sure the differences are as deep or as obvious to an outsider when this book ended with fireworks I got tingles of pride for my adopted country. Fantastic book- and my son liked it too.

We have lots of other 4th of July book reviews do you have a favorite?

Flag Day and More !

Guest Post by Shannon
Today’s post is the first of many guest posts by talented bloggers, teachers and moms who have graciously offered their expertise while I prepare for the birth of my daughter . I will still be posting and commenting, returning emails ( as quickly as I can) and be around to answer questions but want to make sure that all of you still have fresh new activities to enjoy!  This post is from Shannon a former preschool teacher , curriculum writer and mom .
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We did some fun Flag activities last week since today is Flag day and 4th of July is coming up also. We had fun with the sensory activities and LOVED making painters tape flags. Plus by doing our flag activities earlier then we usually do they get to stay up longer for all to enjoy!

Red, Blue and White play dough: we used our favorite play dough recipe. We also added glitter to the white after they played with it the first time. The recipe is super simple: 1 cup water, 1 cup salt, 1 cup flour, 2 TBSP oil and coloring( for this i used sugar free jello! smells so yummy! but you can use food paste or coloring, kool aid or paint.) stir all the ingredients till smooth,cook on med heat till it pulls away from the

pan, cool for a bit, knead still smooth and play!

Red, White and Blue colored rice bin I added 4th of July confetti to it: To color the rice I divided a bag of rice equally into baggies, added red food coloring to 1, blue to 1 and let the other white (to that one i added the 4th of July sequins). Zipped up the baggies and let my 2 girls shake and knead the coloring into the rice. After they were all colored I laid them out onto wax paper to dry. added to our Rubbermaid container and both girls have had a blast playing with it ever since.

Painters Tape Flag:
Need:
white construction paper
painters tape
red paint
paint brush
blue construction paper square
4th if July confetti or star stickers
To Make:
Place painters tape strips on the construction paper.
Squirt Red paint down the center and let child paint the paper red, let dry before removing painters tape.
While the paint is drying let child glue or stick stars on their blue square.
After you remove the painters tape let them glue the blue square with stars on and let everything dry.
I hope you enjoyed some of the highlights from our flag week. If you would like the whole curriculum to do with your kids just go to my blogger profile page and click the email me link. It is filled with super fun, super easy activities using most supplies you already have around the house.
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Shannon blogs at  Welcome To Our Wonderland where she  share’s  books and sometimes activities to go with the children’s books. She taught prek for 11 years and become a stay at home mom 10 years ago when her oldest was born.