Presidents' Day is nearly here, which means it is time to decide how you and your family will celebrate. After all, this country's 45 presidents have certainly given us a lot to celebrate and be proud of.
In this article, we will discuss some fun ways you and your kids can make Presidents' Day 2017 a memorable one through crafts, books, and other fun activities.
What is Presidents' Day?
Originally a celebration of George Washington's birthday, Presidents' Day is now a nationally recognized holiday to celebrate all of the great presidents of our past. Although it is a smaller-scale holiday, it still boasts some pretty awesome parades in various cities around the country.
This holiday is an ideal opportunity to introduce kids to the various influential presidents of the United States who have helped shape our country into the great place it is today. Additionally, it is a great time to help children understand the role of the president in our country. What better way to do that than through some fun activities the whole family can enjoy?
Books to Read
To begin your Presidents' Day celebrations, it's a good idea to pick out some books to read about the leaders of our past. This will give you a good foundation to work from as you discuss the various presidents and their roles in shaping our country.
Below are some of our favorite children's books on the topic of U.S. presidents.
"Presidents' Day" by Anne Rockwell — This book touches on some of the more influential leaders of our past and helps kids understand why we celebrate Presidents' Day.
"If I Ran for President" by Catherine Stier — This picture book helps children understand the role of the president of the United States. Using simple, easy-to-understand text and colorful illustrations, the book takes kids on a journey, showing them exactly what would happen if they were to run for president.
"Smart About Presidents" by Jon Buller, Maryann Cocca-Leffler, Dana Regan, Susan Saunders, and Jill Weber — This colorful book includes information on what it takes to the be the president of the United States. It also includes a page full of facts on each and every president in our country's history.
Activities to Do
President Roosevelt's Teddy Bear
Did you know that the "Teddy" bear was named after President Theodore Roosevelt? Research the story behind this fact and read it together while creating this adorable teddy bear pencil topper.
- 1 large, dark-brown pom-pom
- 3 small, light-brown pom-poms
- 2 googly eyes
- 1 pipe cleaner
- Black fabric paint
- Hot glue gun and sticks
Begin by gluing two small pom-poms to the top of the large pom-pom to make bear ears. Add the third small pom-pom to the front of the face to create a muzzle. Add the two googly eyes above the muzzle. Using the fabric paint, add a dot for a nose and a small smile to the muzzle. Glue the pipe cleaner to the underside of the bear face. Use the pipe cleaner to wrap around the top of your pencil and create a cute, fuzzy pencil topper.
Lincoln Log Cabin
Growing up, nearly every American child had a set of Lincoln Logs. Pick up a set for your kids to enjoy and build a cabin or two while discussing the various amazing things President Lincoln accomplished during his presidency.
Liberty Kids has made a variety of excellent educational television episodes for kids. All are about the history of our country, and many include various presidents. We highly recommend settling in with some popcorn and a few episodes of this animated TV show, and learning a bit about our past in a fun and entertaining way to finish off your Presidents' Day celebrations.
There are many great ways to celebrate this important holiday with children. Pick a few of your favorites from this list, or come up with some ideas on your own and plan a Presidents' Day to remember.