Children love the month of February because there are so many fun holidays to celebrate. When Mary was teaching one of the classroom favorites was President’s Day because they talked about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. She said she always brought in a several quarters and dollar bills to pass around the class to show the President’s faces and would send each child home with a shinny new penny to show their parents and talk about all they learned. Why not use our Little Tikes™ Great Wolf Lodge® Log Cabin and turn it into Abe Lincoln’s cabin and discuss what it was like back when “Abe” was a boy.
One of Mary’s favorite President’s Day projects was for each child to save their milk carton from snack and rinse it out to make their very own log cabin. You could get out your Little Tikes™ Picnic Tables and paint the sides of the milk carton with tacky glue and apply mini pretzel rods to the sides. Fold construction paper over for the roof.
To celebrate George Washington’s Birthday try making tri-cornered hats and pretend to be George Washington and sing this song:
1.My hat it has 3 corners- point to heart and then to top of head, the hold up 3 fingers
2. Three corners has my hat- hold up 3 fingers and point to elbow for corners then to top of head
3. And had it not 3 corners- hold up 3 fingers and then point to elbow
4. It would not be my hat— point to heart and then to the top of head
Below are some fun facts to share with your children about George Washington:
- George Washington was the 1st President of the United States
- Years George Washington was President: 1789-1797
- Birthday: February 22, 1732
- George Washington was 57 when he started his term in office
- If George Washington was alive today he would be 271 years old
- His occupation before he was President included a Planter, Farmer and Soldier
- Height: 6 feet, 2 inches
- When he was alive he would have travelled by horse and carriage and he would have communicated with friends by letter.
- When George Washington’s term began the U.S. population was 3,929,214
- There were 16 stars on the US flag when George Washington left office
Below are some fun facts to share with your children about Abraham Lincoln:
- Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States
- Years Abraham Lincoln was President: 1861-1865
- Birthday: February 12, 1809
- Abraham Lincoln was 52 when he started his term in office
- If Abraham Lincoln was alive today he would be 194 years old
- His occupation before he was President included a Store Clerk, rail-splitter, lawyer
- Height: 6 feet, 4 inches – he is the tallest president
- When he was alive he would have travelled by horse and carriage or train and he would have communicated with friends by letter or telegram.
- When Abraham Lincoln’s term began the U.S. population was 31,443,321
- There were 36 stars on the U.S. flag when Abraham Lincoln left office
As always, we would love to hear from you. What are your favorite things to do to celebrate President’s Day?