We know how much you love making the same paper Lincoln every year, but just in case, how about some fresh Presidents’ Day activities for your classroom? We’ve collected a group of fast, easy, and fun ideas for your celebration. Each idea not only incorporates a president or two, but also some STEM, physical movement, or art-related learning as well!
How Many Pennies are in the Jar?
This game allows kids to estimate and features one of our Presidents’ Day heroes, Abraham Lincoln. Complete a penny-related craft before introducing the penny jar, then allow each student to use their best estimating skills to guess how many pennies are in the jar. Providing a scale and other measuring tools can convert this into a STEM critical thinking activity for older kids. Have them weigh an empty jar and a single penny and determine how many pennies it will take to fill it.
Pretzel Log Cabins
Use pretzel logs for building a fun and easy snack that commemorates Presidents’ day. If your school is peanut-friendly, then peanut butter makes an ideal mortar for building three-dimensional pieces. If not, kids can nibble and stack their way to a log cabin during snack time and learn more about how Abraham Lincoln lived in his early years.
Cherry Tree Craft
Complete a cherry tree on paper or as a three-dimensional piece to celebrate the story of George Washington. Combine the activity with a passage on our first President’s childhood and early life. Then create a three-dimensional tree craft made from recycled materials. Or you can use construction paper and other supplies to craft two-dimensional trees.
Who Am I?
Make a label or card for each president (or use a preprinted set). Tape the card to the back of each student and have them ask questions about themselves or have classmates offer key facts to identify who they are. Use only presidents you’ve studied for younger kids and the entire list for older ones, and offer a prize for those who can identify “themselves” the fastest.
What Presidents’ Day activities have you done in your classroom? We’d love to hear from you!