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Celebrating Presidents’ Day Weekend: Easy Crafts For Kids

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Our best Presidents’ Day Activities & Crafts for a long family weekend.

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Like us, I bet you are looking forward to a long weekend… but perhaps a long weekend in February feels too long if your little ones tend to bore easily. Presidents’ Day Weekend activities can feel “forced” and like an extension of school if piled on.  But no worries we compiled a list of super simple, crafty ways to keep the focus on our Presidents in a family-fun manner.

Wow, there are so many awesome children’s book resources available. Here are a few of our absolute favorites with silly facts that make learning about history fun for the whole family:
Celebrating President’s Day: What Is a President? by Kimberly Jordano
The President’s Stuck in the Bathtub: Poems About the Presidents by Susan Katz
First Grade US History: The First President by Baby Professor
Kids Meet the Presidents by Paul Rodhe
Wackiest White House Pets by Gibbs Davis
A Hall Of Heroes e-book by Home of Heroes
What Presidents Are Made Of by Hanoch Piven
If the Walls Could Talk: Family Life at the White House by Jane O’Connor

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Get crafty with these super simple, super fun projects:
Presidents’ Day Cookies by Party Pinching
Presidential Paint Stick Timeline by Deceptively Educational
Presidents’ Day Cubes via Primary Inspiration
Presidents’ Day Mini Book from Ready-Set-Read
George Washington Portrait by A Cupcake for the Teacher
Another George Washington Portrait by The First Grade Parade
Portrait of a President (Abe) by Kindergarten Nana
Abraham Lincoln’s Hat creative writing project by A Cupcake For the Teacher

Pinterest has a wealth of inspiration and ideas… here are some of our favorites for Presidents’ Day:
Presidents’ Day Word Search
Abe Paper Plate Mask
Presidents’ Day Poem
Washington Portrait with creative writing
Log Cabin Craft
American Symbols Project

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Other resources:
Washington or Lincoln crossword puzzle (www.RealLifeAtHome.com)
Presidents’ Day worksheet pack (free) by 123 Homeschool4me.com
The Presidents Song by Isaac and Kirsten to remember all 44 presidents (see below)
Lincoln virtual gallery tour, learn about his family, residence and interests

For even more fabulous Presidents’ Day activity ideas, check out our featured post on It Is A Keeper and our previous Presidents’ Day Article. And soon our website (http://HomeroomAtHome.com) will have an entire featured section on discovering our Founding Fathers and the Presidents of our history.

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Civil War In The Post Office

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Making everyday errands count for far more… This morning I ran to my local Post Office to pick up a letter. I intended to be in/out as quickly as possible, however, a poster with the featured stamps reminded me how long it’s been since my last visit (before Thanksgiving). I inquired about the availability of several of the stamps in the poster.

The first to catch my eye was the Civil War set. Luckily, they had this in stock. You’ll see from the picture below, that the set includes a nice narrative titled “The Civil War 1861 A Nation Touched By Fire” and features 2 stamp designs (six each) of the battles of Fort Sumter and First Bull Run both 1861. The reverse side of this stamp booklet includes a black and white fort scene and several quotes of famous Generals.

While at the counter, I inquired about other historical stamps available and was surprised to find a 20 cent stamp that features our First President. As pictured below, I only bought one and intend to keep as part of my educational toolkit on President Washington.

Although a small find, I love these educational treasures found in our everyday “to-do’s”.  It excites me to find more and more ways that I can put history into my child’s hands.  Consider taking a trip to your post office to pick up the Civil War book of stamps as an enhancement to the Homeroom At Home Civil War lesson plan.  Be sure to ask what other stamp collections are available and, as I also learned today, if they can order a particular stamp or collection on your behalf.

Enjoy your errands!

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