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Facts and Fun for Washington’s Birthday

17 Feb

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Happy President’s Day! Today is a day where we can take a moment to look back and recognize all of the many accomplishments of prominent figures in the United States’ history. One of those figures is George Washington, America’s first president. Washington was an interesting man and still continues to draw curiosity today at his many accomplishments. Celebrate his birthday with your kids by learning a little more about him!

8 Cool Facts about George Washington

Did you know?

  • Washington was one of our biggest presidents

-Washington stood at six feet, two inches tall and weighed 200 pounds. That’s tall!

  • Washington’s wooden teeth

-Many books say that Washington had wooden teeth, however, research done in 2005 showed that they were made out of gold, ivory, lead and animal teeth. What a wild mix!

  • Washington had to learn a lot on his own

-Washington only had around 8 years of formal schooling, from age 6 to 15. His mother did not have enough money to send him to college so he was largely self-taught!

  • washingtonWashington was the richest president ever

-In 2010, the website Wall Street 24/7 listed Washington as the wealthiest president of all time. Everything he owned at the time amounted to $500 million.

  • Washington was a dog person

-Washington was said to treat his hound dogs like family. Some of the names included Tarter, True Love, and Sweet Lips.

  • Washington came out of retirement

-Even after Washington retired, he was asked by President John Adams to take command of the nation’s military when war with France was a possibility in 1798. Washington put together a force to fight the French before retired again to a private life.

  • Washington introduced the a new breed of donkey to America

-Washington, who was also a farmer, introduced a new breed of donkey known as the American Mammoth Jackstock after breeding  donkeys from the King of Spain wit his own horses.

  • Washington loved to write

-Washington wrote more letters than any other president! They totaled over 20,000 letters.

Resources:

-http://blog.constitutioncenter.org/2013/02/10-cool-washington-facts-on-georges-real-birthday/

-http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/7-fun-facts-about-george-washington

-http://www.gwashington.net/GWWashington-facts.html

It’s always fun to get your kids involved in learning about the history of the United States and all of people who made it the way it is today. We have a few toys in mind that may help you do just that!

4 Toys to Teach Your Kids About the United States

1. Core Knowledge History & Geography Homeschool Bundles

-Teach your kids the concepts of world and American history and geography through our Core Knowledge of History & Geography bundles. The student package includes 8-11 books that include 4-10 lessons of history and Geography. Choose from different grade levels.

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2. Tunes that Teach American History

-Get your little ones up and moving as they learn about our nation’s history. Learn about explorers, the American Revolution, immigration, and more with these 10 lively tunes and hands-on activities.

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 3. Wonderfoam Giant USA Puzzle Map

-A hands-on way to learn states and capitals! Each state is listed on the front side of the puzzle piece and the capitols are listed on the back of the puzzle piece. Comes with a fun facts Activity Guide.

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4. Inflatable Labeling Globe

-Teach your kids where America is located on the globe! The globe works best with wet-erase markers and comes with an activity guide, hanging display and repair kit. A fun, interactive way to study geography, trade routes, climate and more!

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We hope everyone  has a great President’s Day!

5 Toys That Teach History

13 Jan

Teaching children about history can be exciting AND educational with these products from Kaplan Toys! Join us as we count down our favorite toys that can be used to teach children about knights, pirates, dinosaurs, and even Abraham Lincoln!

#5: Castle Blocks Play Set

Build your own dream castle with these enchanting, artistic wooden blocks. Your young squire can create one large castle, two smaller castles, or a long defensive line. This unique castle set includes 28 wooden pieces with detailed graphics, and medieval characters – everything a child needs for days and “knights” of endless imaginative enjoyment! 3 years & up.

Item #: 141013  Price: $29.95

#4: Magic Tree House Book

Join Jack and Annie on adventures through time and space. Filled with Factual information, these books are great for connecting fiction with non-fiction texts. Paperback. Grades 2 – 4.

Item #: 86512  Price: 86512

#3: American Trivia Board Game

Looking for a more entertaining way to learn about the USA? With questions that are more knowledge-based than trivial in geography, history, and general information, students will find this game to be both fun and educational! 2 to 8 players. Grades 4 & up.

Item #: 91945  Price: $29.95

#2: Lincoln Logs® Classic Edition Frontier Cabin

Build your very own log cabin! This Classic Edition Tin comes with 86 all-wood pieces, including richly stained logs, and roof slats. The familiar notched logs fit together, allowing kids to build any kind of structure they can imagine. The tin acts as a handy storage container for dependable storage and portability. 3 years & up.

Item #: 00992  Price: $39.95

#1: 3D Puzzle Velociraptor & Pterosaur

Let their imaginations run wild with this prehistoric building set! Detailed and kid-friendly instructions show the way for building both a ferocious velociraptor and a flying pterosaur. The patented construction technology makes it so fun and easy to build these creatures or create totally different ones! All pieces can mix and match with one another to make totally different things! 5 years & up.

Item #:  00247  

Price: $14.95

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