President's Day songs, arts and crafts, and activity theme ideas for preschoolers!

Presidents Day is the common name for the federal holiday officially designated as Washington's Birthday. It is celebrated on the third Monday of February. ~Wikipedia





Book List

I Want to be President (Sesame Street) - Golden Books
My First President's Day Book - Aileen Fisher and Lydia Halverson
Let's Celebrate Presidents Day - Peter Roop



Songs & Fingerplays

My Hat It Has 3 Corners

My hat it has 3 corners.
(form triangle above head)
Three corners has my hat.
If it did not have 3 corners,
(raise 3 fingers fingers)
It would not be my hat.
(shake head sideways)

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare



Arts & Crafts

Three Cornered Hat

Cut three 12" X 3" strips of construction paper for each child. Let the children make three-cornered hats like the ones worn in George Washingtons Day. Have each child staple together the ends of the three strips of construction paper(making a triangle). Children can then wear their hats for their other activities.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Lincoln's Bracelet

Provide children with 3-6 pennies. Cut clear contact paper in half, enclosing the pennies. Adjust bracelet to slip on child's wrist.

~Submitted by Wanda in VA

Cherry Trees

Glue twigs on sheets of sturdy white paper to make trees. Let children attach small red circle sticker "cherries" or use finger prints dipped into red finger paints.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Log Cabin

Draw a simple picture of a log cabin. Have the children glue cinnamon sticks on the picture to represent the logs. Finally, glue a penny in the door of the cabin.

~Submitted by Susan in Texas

Lincoln Collage

Cut out a large profile of Lincoln using a sheet of construction paper. Trace around a pattern & cut out. Let the children glue on small pieces of red, white & blue objects. (cotton balls, tissue paper, crepe paper, wall paper, stickers, confetti, glitter, etc...)

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Coin Bracelet

Lay 2 pennies and a quarter on a strip of clear contact paper. Fold it over and wrap around each child's wrist as a bracelet.

~Submitted by Susan in Texas

American Flag

Have children make an American flag. Have them paint several tongue depressors red. Cut a blue paper square about 1/4 the size of a sheet of white paper. Glue it in the left hand corner.When sticks are dry, glue them on the page making a red stripe, then the white paper, another red and continue on. Have the children glue cotton balls on the blue part to be stars. Even if the children don't want to do the typical American flag--that's fine! They can create their own tribute to our country! Just have fun!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare



Theme Ideas

President's Day Coin Game - (play like Simon Says)

A child flips a penny or quarter and if the presiden't head turns up the child may call out something for the class to do, i.e. clapp your hands. The coin is passed to another child and the game continues until all children have been able to flip the coin.

~Submitted by Jackie in Indiana

Game - Chop Down The Cherry Tree

Sit in circle. One player is the Cherry Tree, who stands in center of circle with eyes covered. Adult chooses one player to touch Cherry Tree & say,"Chop, chop." Cherry Tree falls down gently & player returns to place in circle. All players then say with deep voices, "Who chopped the cherry tree?" Cherry Tree opens eyes & guesses who it was. That player then becomes Cherry Tree, & the game is repeated. We laugh a lot while playing this!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Create giant coins from cardboard--at least two of each kind. (Laminate them or cover them with contact paper if you wish to keep them from year to year.) Put the giant coins on the floor and march around them while playing music. When the music stops have the kids pick up the coin in front of them and try to match it to a friend's coin. This activity is good for learning the names of coins as well as the presidents on them.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare



Links!

President's Day - A to Z Teacher's Stuff
Abraham Lincoln Research Site
Abraham Lincoln Online
Abraham Lincoln For Primary Children
President's Day - Alphabet Soup
President's Day Greeting Cards - Awesome Cards
Abe Lincoln Maze - Bry-Back Manor
Pick Up The Cherries - Bry-Back Manor
President's Day Word Find - Bry-Back Manor
President's Day - Education World
Activities and Crafts for President's Day - Enchanted Learning
George Washington - Enchanted Learning
Abraham Lincoln - Enchanted Learning
President's Day Theme - Everything Preschool
United States Patriotic Theme - First School
George Washington Online
Happy President's Day
Patriotic Clip Art - Kids Domain
President's Day Activities - Kindergarten Kafe
Portraits of the Presidents
President's Day Home Page
President's Day Cards - Treasure the Moments Card Shoppe



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