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Ways to Celebrate President’s Day at Home

16 Feb

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When it comes to favorite holidays, President’s Day may not get a lot of attention, but it can be a great way to have some educational fun with your little ones. Because February hosts Abraham Lincoln’s and George Washington’s birthdays, a federal holiday was declared in 1971 to not only celebrate these two great leaders but also to commemorate all American Presidents jointly. Let’s get patriotic and excited for a day full of fun and learning opportunities!

Get Educational

This holiday is a great opportunity to teach young children about who the president is, as well as talk about two popular presidents – George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. For children 4 years and up, we suggest getting comfortable and reading Greatest U.S. Presidents. This book examines the lives of 4 presidents in a way that is simple and easy to understand. Don’t forget to also share some fun facts about First Ladies and their achievements. Maybe your little one will find a new hero!

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President for a Day

Let your child become president of the house for the day. They can wear a cool hat like Lincoln and offer up suggestions for dinner, a family game night or an evening movie. Don’t forget that the President doesn’t make all the decisions alone; the rest of the family has to vote or agree on it first!

Patriotic Crafts

President’s Day is a great opportunity to introduce American history in a unique way, so consider making Lincoln’s Hat Cookies or even playing President-themed games like President Coin Sorting. President’s Day is also the perfect opportunity to revisit some of your favorite patriotic-inspired crafts like popsicle flag sticks

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Jam Out

There are dozens of patriotic songs that have been written through the ages, so share some of your favorites with the kiddos. Some old 40’s and 50’s tunes are super fun to have a dance party to, as well as more contemporary jams! We recommend “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” by The Andrews Sisters, “Party in the USA” by Miley Cyrus, and “Kids in America” by Kim Wilde.

Stay Encouraging

Remind your children that they can shoot for the stars and that if they want to be president some day then they can. After all, every president was once a young kid, just like them!

America’s been around for 241 years. That’s a lot of history (45 presidents worth)! So introduce your children to the basics of the nation they live in while having fun and getting creative.

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!