The month of February is jam-packed with thematic activities and holidays be it Valentine’s Day, Black History Month or President’s Day. There are a plethora of activities one could do with any of the themes. My son is fascinated with history and Presidents. So we spend the week learning about Presidents and worked on Presidents Day activities.
First, as an introduction, I printed out Calendar Connections on the U.S Presidents from 1plus1plus1equals1. This is such an amazing free resource that helps teach important facts all the while learning calendar related facts as well.
4 Hands-On President’s Day Activities
This year, E specifically wanted to learn about Abraham Lincoln and Franklin D Roosevelt. We brainstormed as to how we can learn about these 2 Presidents’ effectively. He suggested making a timeline and creating a book.
I was thrilled when he mentioned a timeline. Teaching how to create a timeline was something I wanted to teach him since last year. Learning to create a timeline is an important skill for children. By constructing a timeline himself, he’s able to be more actively engaged in learning the sequence of events in history. So we decided to create a timeline on Abraham Lincoln and to make a book on FDR. We read books and looked up information online.
For the timeline, he picked several important periods of Abraham Lincoln and created it on construction paper. E selected the information and pictures he wanted to add to the timeline. By looking at the timeline, he was able to retell the story of Lincoln’s life.
For the second President’s Day activity, E created a book on FDR. We selected the information he wanted in his book and I typed it out. We also found pictures to go along with the information online. Then E cut out and pasted the information and pictures in his book. The book turned out great and has become a keepsake for my son. He was very proud of his DIY book.
For more hands-on Presidents day activities, we also created log cabins out of popsicle sticks and pretzels. And later spend some time revisiting photos from our trip to DC last year.
Through the Timeline and the book, we learned about the Emancipation Proclamation, Civil War, The Great Depression, The New Deal and WWII. It all connected so well with everything else he’s been learning this year!