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It's February

January 24, 2017 03:49 by Barbara Shelby


 2017 Updated November 2016

Flower: Violet
Birthstone: Amethyst
Astrological Sign:
Aquarius: January 21 - February 19
Pisces: February 20 - March 20

This is a great month!  Black History Month;  Mardi Gras,  Random Acts of Kindness Week;  Ground Hog Day; President's Day ;   Valentine's Day 100th Day of School  (in USA); much going on that if you check the links,  your activities are just about planned for you for the enitire month!



Usually 100th Day of School in USA Falls Mid-February! Have fun with the '100th Day' ideas and also CELEBRATE THE 101st DAY OF SCHOOL with a Dalmatian theme and watching the movie "101 Dalmatians"!  

The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) happens each February-Check Bird Theme-



Week One
Ground Hog Day-Feb. 2

Week Two and Three
Valentine's Day-Feb. 14

 President's Day-  In the United States, Presidents Day is always celebrated on the third Monday of February. 


The Days of February are... (Words in Bold Print have ideas at page bottom)

1.   National Freedom Day 
      Royal Canadian Mounted Police officially began 1920
2.   Bonza Bottler Day: Just a day to celebrate when date and month are the same!
      Bottle cap patented
      'Dia de la Candelaria' celebrated in Mexico
      Ground Hog Day; Buenos Aires, Argentina founded-1536
   Elmo's (Sesame Street) birthday
      First soft landing on moon (Luna 9, USSR, 1966)            
4.   Charles Lindbergh's birthday-1902
      Create a Vacuum Day and
Rosa Park's Birthday         
5.   Constitution Day in Mexico
      Disaster Day
      National Weather Person Day
      Hank Aaron's Birthday-1934
6.  Babe Ruth's Birthday
     Monopoly Game first sold in stores - 1935
     Waitangi Day celebrated in New Zealand
     Ronald Reagan born
     Massachusetts became State in 1788
7.  Charles Dicken's Birthday
     Laura Ingalls Wilder's Birthday-1867
     Switzerland granted women right to vote-1971       
8.   Boy Scout's Day-founded in 1919 
9.   Hershey Chocolate founded -1894 
      Toothache Day  
10. Umbrella Day (See March Ideas--March is National Umbrella month); 
       Treaty of Paris signed in 1713-ending war between French and  Indians
11   Don't Cry Over Spilled Milk Day
      National Foundation Day in Japan
      National Inventor's Day in honor of Edison's birthday-1847
      White T-shirt Day (Have ALL wear white shirts!)
12. Abraham Lincoln's Birthday-1809
      Charles Darwin born - 1809 
13.  Bicycle Safety Day
       Get a Different Name Day! (Ideas below)

14.  Valentine's Day ; Ferris Wheel Day; Library Lover's Day; Flag Day in Canada-first raised in 1965; Susan B. Anthony born-1820 and National Gumdrop Day
16.  Miranda (moon of Uranus) first photographed in 1948  
17.  Human Spirit Day
18.  Family Day in Canada
       Pluto discovered by Clyde Tombaugh - 1930
19.  Mr. Roger's Neighborhood premiered - 1968 and National Chocolate Mint Day (See below)
20.   National Hoodie-Hoo Day -go outside and yell "Hoodie-hoo!" to scare away winter and welcome Spring!
       John Glenn orbited Earth three times- 1962,Friendship 7 space  capsule
       Toothpick patented
21.   Love your Pet Day
        Polaroid Land Camera introduced -1927 by Edwin Land
22.   Be Humble Day
        George Washington's Birthday
        World Thinking Day

23.   Dolly the Sheep cloned in 1997 & Tennis Day
         International Dog Biscuit Day (Idea below)
24.    Flag Day in Mexico (Dia de la Bandera) & National Tortilla Chip Day     
        Gordon from Sesame Street's Birthday
25.    Paper Currency introduced in USA-1862 by President Lincoln
        Quiet Day (Ideas below)
        First US Electric Printing Press patented by Thomas Davenport  - 1837 
26.    William "Buffalo Bill" Cody born 1846
        Levi Strauss born 1829 & Carnival Day    
27 Polar Bear Day (Visit Teddy Bears & other Bears Theme)
       Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's Birthday - 1807     
28.   Public Sleeping Day and
        Congress authorized Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1803



February 2 is 'BONZA BOTTLER DAY'---this happens each month when the month and date are the same! It's just a reason to celebrate in any way you celebrate! Celebrate BIG as it's also Ground Hog Day!!!

FINDING WORDS IN A WORD: This idea comes from School-Age Note of the Day...2/2/2011

For a simple and quick activity, have the children write "Punxsutawney" on a sheet of paper and see how many words they can make from the letters in it. (For example, the word "sweet" wouldn't be valid because it has two "e"s and "Punxsutawney" only has one.) Set a time limit and then have children take turns sharing the words they found. 

Example: sat, at, pun, tune, neat, eat, nut, tan, yes, say,  set, nun,  wet, saw, was, tawny, etc.

Feb. 2--Bottle Cap Patented. Collected bottle caps and challenge kids to come up with a creative bottle cap collage! With this also being Ground Hog Day-consider doing it a day or two before!


 On February 9, Hershey Chocolate was founded. Cover St. Valentine's Day and this day with one project!


Materials: 6" lengths of 12 gauge floral wire,  Silk flower leaves, Green floral tape,  Clear cellophane,  Glue, Scissors,  Ribbon,  Hershey Kisses Milk Chocolates

To create Chocolate Roses:

1. For each candy rose, spread glue on the bottom of one foil-wrapped chocolate.
2. Firmly press the bottom of another chocolate to it.
3. Insert florist wire into one pointed end of the double chocolates, twisting cellophane, continuing down the full length of wire with tape.
4. Add 1 or 2 artificial leaves, if desired, securing leaves in place with florist tape.
You can also make them by taking two Hershey kisses...  first insert a pipe cleaner or wire into one. Next attach kisses together at flat end with tape or glue; wrap them with red saran wrap. Take 2 wire leaves and attach them to the pipe cleaner with florist tape.......

Also-Check out the CHOCOLATE THEME DAY IDEAS...the 'short themes' in this category are listed alphabetically.


MAKE SOME HERSHEY HOT COCOA! See Hot Cocoa/Chocolate category :-)


 FEBRUARY 6 (1935) is the first day MONOPOLY GAMES WERE SOLD IN STORES. Be sure to pull your Monopoly Games out--and let the kids know why! What are some other things that were going on in 1935? What did kids back then like to play???


THE 10TH IS 'UMBRELLA DAY'! Check out  "Doing the Month of March  Days"  for ideas!  March is 'National Umbrella Month'...



Post the saying and have kids write down or talk about what they think that means! You may get some very cute and funny interpretations...

•  To go along with the 'milk theme'--- If it's cold where you live-make Hot Chocolate.  If it's warm--make some milkshakes!!!

The day and saying means... don't worry about something that has already happened and work on fixing the problem. Don't Cry Over Spilled Milk Day is in recognition that everyone spills a little milk now and then. (When spilled--you can't get it back into the glass!) It's a day to  be optimistic, think positive, look on the bright side, and to find something good in everything that happens. As the song says: Don't Worry, be Happy!  Participate in "Don't Cry over Spilled Milk Day" with an optimistic attitude and a smile on your face!


FEBERUARY 13 is 'GET A DIFFERENT NAME DAY'!  Have some fun with ALL choosing a different name. Put the names on 'name tags' and talk about what they like about their own names and what they like about the 'new' names...

 •Do the kids know why their parents chose the names they have? Do they know what their names mean?

•Get a book of names/meanings and celebrate this silly day!



February 14--VALENTINES DAY!

See Loads of Valentine ideas here!



 Go outside and yell "Hoodie-hoo!" to scare away winter and welcome Spring! (In Southern Hemisphere it is celebrated August 22) To be precise, one is to go out at high noon and wave arms above head while yelling the words. If you  can't do it then---have silly...and do it with your kids any time of the day. Just do it! (This is a copyrighted holiday-courtesy of


 February 19... is NATIONAL CHOCOLATE MINT DAY. Make some chocolate mint candy! 

1 cup (6 oz) semisweet chocolate chips
14 ounces sweetened condensed milk, divided
1 cup (6 oz) vanilla flavored baking chips
1 tablespoon peppermint extract
2 to 3 drops green food coloring

In a saucepan, melt chocolate chips and 3/4 cup condensed milk over low heat, stirring occasionally. Line an 8 inch square baking pan with waxed paper; butter the paper.

Spread half of melted chocolate mixture into pan; chill for 5-10 minutes (keep remaining melted chocolate at room temperature.

In another saucepan, melt vanilla chips. Stir in remaining condensed milk and mix well. Remove from the heat; add extract and food coloring. Chill. Spread over chilled chocolate layer; spread reserved melted chocolate on top of mint layer. Chill. Cut into 1 inch pieces. (From KidActivities Easy Candy Category)
Makes 5 dozen


President's Day   2017 is Feb. 20...   

February 21 is 'LOVE YOUR PET DAY'! How about making some PET ROCKS and have fun with the Extension Ideas! Visit the Stones, Rocks, and Pebbles Theme page for ideas...


The 23rd is 'INTERNATIONAL DOG BISCUIT DAY'... Make some Dog Biscuits!


1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup oil
2 eggs
3 tablespoons peanut butter
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup oats

1. Blend wet ingredients together.
2. Whisk dry ingredients together in a separate bowl, and then mix with wet mixture to form a ball of dough.
3. Roll out and shape as desired. Place on a non-stick cookie tray or lightly greased pan.
4. Bake twenty minutes at 400 degrees.
5.  When finished, turn off oven and allow the biscuits to cool inside oven until crisp and hard.
6. Store in an airtight container.


 FEBRUARY 25TH IS 'QUIET DAY'...Celebrate it by playing some quiet/low keyed games.

Here's a fun low energy set of games (in comparison to the usual style "Olympic Games") that you can try. See lots other games in the Low Energy Category and in Gathering and Waiting Game Category...

1. Discus Throw: Use a paper plate

2. Shot Put: Use a balloon

3. Track Race: Each player lines up at the start line and race by placing the heel of one foot against the toe of the next. The first one to the end of the track and back wins.

4. High Jump: Each contestant takes a deep breath and whistles. The contestant who holds the note the longest wins.

5. High Dive: Each player stands on a chair (or faces the chair back-rest and then kneels chair seat) with ten clothes pins and drops them into an empty bottle. The player that gets the most wins.


The 27th is 'POLAR BEAR DAY'...


First put ice cream and then a layer of your choice of candy (M&M's, Kisses, Chocolate or Peanut Butter Chips.) Cover candy layer with Cool Whip and decorate it with gummy bears or a teddy graham cookie. Serve it in small-clear plastic cups for individual serving or one big vat that everyone shares. Usually, children like to have their own. There may also be ideas in the Teddy Bear & Other Bears Theme.


Have kids wear PJ's and lounge on pillows and blankets as they watch a movie. (Don't forget favorite stuffed animals!)
Watch an old favorite or something just released. Make popcorn or have cookies and set up a 'hot chocolate bar' where everyone can add marshmallows, chocolate sprinkles, and whipped cream to cups of cocoa.


FEBRUARY IS 'FRIENSHIP MONTH'... Check out Kid Activities FRIENDSHIP THEME DAY...Themes are listed alphabetically.


  FEBRUARY IS 'AMERICAN HEART MONTH'!  PLAN A HEALTHY HEART DAY!  Celebrate a “healthy” heart with fun, aerobic activities that get children up and moving. Check out the HEALTHY HEART THEME DAY (Located at the bottom of the Theme Day page 1 Category




Visit the Bird Theme for ideas and directions for many BIRD FEEDER ideas!


This is an event that takes place over four days in February each year. It's very easy! All you have to do is watch birds in your yard, a nearby park, or maybe at your school. Then you tell what you saw by entering your bird list online.

They collect that information from people all over the United States and Canada so SCIENTISTS CAN LEARN WHAT KIND OF BIRDS ARE BEING SEEN IN THE WINTER AND WHETHER THERE ARE MORE OR FEWER THAN BEFORE! Click here - to learn more about how to participate. (There are also games, print-outs and bird-fun on the site!)







2017        January 28                   Rooster
2018        February 16                  Dog
2019        February 5                    Pig


 Happy February! It's a great month for planning activities!!!

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President's Day for Kids!

February 3, 2011 18:35 by Barbara Shelby

YEAR       DATE    (This page updated Jan.. 2017)
2017    20 February    Monday
2018    19 February    Monday
2019    18 February    Monday
2020    17 February    Monday
2021    15 February    Monday
2022    21 February    Monday
2023    20 February    Monday
2024   19 February     Monday
2025   17 February     Monday



01 Washington, George (1789-1797)
02 Adams, John (1797-1801)
03 Jefferson, Thomas (1801-1809)
04 Madison, James (1809-1817)
05 Monroe, James (1817-1825)
06 Adams, John Quincy (1825-1829)
07 Jackson, Andrew (1829-1837)
08 Van Buren, Martin (1837-1841)
09 Harrison, William Henry (1841)
10 Tyler, John (1841-1845)
11 Polk, James Knox (1845-1849)
12 Taylor, Zachary (1849-1850)
13 Fillmore, Millard (1850-1853)
14 Pierce, Franklin (1853-1857)
15 Buchanan, James (1857-1861)
16 Lincoln, Abraham (1861-1865)
17 Johnson, Andrew (1865-1869)
18 Grant, Ulysses S. (1869-1877)
19 Hayes, Rutherford Birchard (1877-1881)
20 Garfield, James Abram (1881)
21 Arthur, Chester Alan (1881-1885)
22 Cleveland, Grover (1885-1889)
23 Harrison, Benjamin (1889-1893)
24 Cleveland, Grover (1893-1897)
25 McKinley, William (1897-1901)
26 Roosevelt, Theodore (1901-1909)
27 Taft, William Howard (1909-1913)
28 Wilson, Woodrow (1913-1921)
29 Harding, Warren Gamaliel (1921-1923)
30 Coolidge, Calvin (1923-1929)
31 Hoover, Herbert Clark (1929-1933)
32 Roosevelt, Franklin Delano (1933-1945)
33 Truman, Harry (1945-1953)
34 Eisenhower, Dwight David (1953-1961)
35 Kennedy, John Fitzgerald (1961-1963)
36 Johnson, Lyndon Baines (1963-1969)
37 Nixon, Richard Milhous (1969-1974)
38 Ford, Gerald Rudolph (1974-1977)
39 Carter, James Earl Jr. (1977-1981
40 Reagan, Ronald Wilson (1981-1989)
41 Bush, George Herbert Walker (1989-1993)
42 Clinton, William Jefferson (1993-2001)
43 Bush, George Walker (2001-2009)

44 Obama, Barack Hussein (2009-2016)

45  Donbald Trump  (2017- )


Idea:***PLAY A GAME OF HANGMAN USING THE NAMES OF PRESIDENTS!  USE THE ABOVE LIST OF NAMES...A great to learn and spell the Presidents' names!) 

    The White House
    1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
    Washington, DC 20500



How about planning a President’s Day celebration based on 'DAYS OF OLD'???!!!
It might be fun to have some COLONIAL GAMES AND TREATS.
Visit KidActivities' two pages of a 'COLONIAL THEME'  for all kinds of great ideas! 

A few quick ideas...

• Have kids come dressed in colonial attire

Have kids  write their names using a quill pen and parchment paper

Have sack races using traditional burlap bags

Play marbles or have a marbles tournament

Make Apple Head or Corn Husk dolls

Play “Scotch-Hoppers” or as we know it, Hop Scotch!

Play Leap Frog

If it is a windy day, fly some kites

Spin tops

Play Cat’s Cradle

Play Tag

Play Hide and Seek


For AUTHENTIC COLONIAL FOOD, here are some menu suggestions:


  • Corn bread or muffins
  • Bread with apple butter
  • Baked beans
  • Corn on the cob
  • Roasted chicken or stew
  • Molasses cookies
  • Rock candy
  • Old-fashioned stick candy
  • Fruit pies and tarts
  • Pumpkin bread

Some recipes are in the Colonial Theme...




Even George Washington couldn't do this dollar pick-up trick! Tell the childen you'll give them each a dollar if they can pick it up from the floor. But there is a catch: They have to pick it up using your instructions. You'll have fun fooling them with this easy indoor game for kids.
What You'll Need a dollar bill and a wall

Step 1: Have children stand with their feet together and heels up against a wall.
Step 2: Put dollar bills on the floor 12 inches in front of their feet.
Step 3: Tell them to pick up the dollars without bending their knees or moving their feet.
It is impossible to do! Why? When you are standing against a wall, your center of gravity is over your feet. If you bend forward, you have to move your center of gravity forward to keep your balance. Since you can't move your feet during this trick, you're flat out of luck. But that's better than being flat on your face!


FIVE 'CHERRY TREE ART' IDEAS! (For George Washington and Presidents Day) Also check out the CHERRY THEME page for more art, crafts, games and food ideas!


This is a given...Keep lots of water and paper towel nearby!


Paint each child's arm brown and hand and fingers green. Have them put it on construction paper to make a tree. Placing the green hand a few times on the paper--makes a nice tree. After, dip fingers in red paint to make cherries. Messy but the kids will love it!!! (Image/sample by





Put popped popcorn and pink powdered tempera paint in a baggie and shake. It makes great cherry blossoms for a spring art project or for President's Day. They look very real.

Glue twigs on sheets of sturdy white paper to make trees. Have children attach small red circle sticker "cherries"... or use finger prints dipped into red finger paints. (You can also use the popped-popcorn as above image shows!)

Materials: Toilet paper roll, green & red construction paper, glue, hole punch, & stapler

  • Cut a cloud-type shape out of green construction paper that is folded in half so you will get 2 pieces with the same shape (front & back of tree). Make sure that it is big enough to go around TP roll.
  • Staple the top and sides of the tree together leaving the bottom open so it's like a pocket.
  • Use hole punch to make cherries out of red paper.
  • Put glue on the tree and have children put cherries on their tree while counting them.
  • When dry stick TP roll in the "pocket" and staple to make it tight around the "trunk".




#5 CONSTRUCTION PAPER HANDPRINT CHERRY TREE...visit freekidcrafts for directions.


ME & ABE --Also a great photo op
Here's a fun activity—

  • Abe was 6'4" tall...On a large roll sheet of paper, have the children draw Abe at his exact height.
  • 6’4” is pretty tall...especially when you add the stove pipe hat!
  • When  complete, take a photograph of the kids standing in front of Abe! (either in groups or individually)
  • Make a copy for each child or put  group photographs in this year’s scrap book...





 1. Decorate the room with red, white, and blue …For a ton of 'Red, White and Blue' Ideas CLICK HERE

2. Have kids dress in red, white, and blue.

3. Children might also have fun wearing white wigs or black hats. To make this paper bag powdered wig, visit freekidcrafts.

4. Play patriotic music throughout the day…

5. Read aloud some famous presidential speeches and, if you have older kids, have them recite them and perhaps even memorize a line or two.

6. Abe Lincoln was born in a log cabin. Make your own with Popsicle sticks, hot glue, and a marker. (Three other cabin ideas are below!)

7. Have a coin toss with pennies and quarters, the most famous presidential coins!

8. Make a MENU of 'presidential favorites'. There is a great list of Presidents’ Day recipes at CD Kitchen. (From Laura Bush’s hot chocolate to George Washington’s cake recipe)



TRUTH OR BLUFF: This is a fun President’s Day and Voting party game for older children…. If it’s played by a group of people who know each other well –– participants will have to be VERY good at telling tall tales!

  • All that’s required for the game is a coin, and something to hide it under.
  • The first player thinks of a story about themself to tell the group, and hides the coin.
  • If the story is true, they hide the coin heads-up; if it’s untrue, they hide it tails-up.
  • They tell their story to the other players, and they each decided whether the story was true or not.
  • The player who told the story reveals the coin, and the people who guessed correctly get a point.
  • The player with the most points after everyone has told a story wins!


Presidents Day Game #2: HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW YOUR PRESIDENTS? This fun President’s Day game will test whether you know as much as you think you know about past American presidents. It is best suited to older children and adult players.

  • Prior to the game, prepare answer sheets that have the names of 10-20 presidents listed down the left hand-side.
  • On the right-hand side, have the same number of blank spaces down the page.
  • The object of the game is to, in pairs if desired, correctly list the presidents in chronological order of when they were president.
  • The person or pair with the most correct answers is the winner of this President’s Day game.
    Adapted from:


Make a graph with 2 columns, heads and tails. Have the children choose HEADS OR TAILS and give each a penny and have them take turns tossing it. They can either record by coloring a square each time the penny lands on a tails or heads--- or put a check mark in their column. The first column that fills up is the winner. Children can even make a prediction as to which column will fill up first.



President Jimmy Carter was a peanut Farmer… Ronald Reagan loved jelly beans so much he kept them in a dish at the Oval Office.
   •Fill a jar with jelly beans or peanuts.
   •On small slips of paper, have the children guess how many are in the jar.
   •Appropriate for any age.
   •The winner shares the jelly beans with the group!
   •With all of the nut allergies-jelly beans would be safer!



Get a basket or hat---and have a contest throwing pennies into it. Who can get the most?
Or...put down three rings or hula hoop--mark each hoop with a different amount of points. Toss coins and add up the points!



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


Pudding snack cup
Black acrylic paint
Black construction paper or felt
   • Paint the pudding snack cup black.
   • Cut a circle a size slightly bigger than the rim of your pudding cup from your black paper.
   • Flip over the pudding cup and glue onto the black circle
   • Cut a circle a size slightly bigger than the rim of your pudding cup from your black paper.
   • Flip over the pudding cup and glue onto the black circle



Cleaned and shiny pennies
Elmers Glue
Small tiles ( I used about 3”x 3” – you can also used jar lids)
Felt pieces for bottom
For an After School program, I picked up discontinued tiles (see if you can get them donated-the store I got them from gave me about 100 for no charge!)


1. First clean and dry the pennies.
2. Next glue pennies to the attractive side of the tile. Glue on the first layer and then in places--- glue two or three on top of each other. Glue will dry transparent. Pennies donot have to cover all edges as the tile underneath is nice looking.
3. When pennies are dry--- fit, cut, and glue felt to the bottom.
4. The tiles used were unfinished on the side, so we used permanent marker along the edge.
5. You can protect pennies with a coat of clear polish! (Sample and Image by





  • Clean and dry milk cartons from school lunchroom---
  • Staple top back together to form a peak for your cabin.
  • Next cover all four sides with light brown construction paper using white school glue.
  • Cut out two triangles to cover areas inset in the roof.
  • Cut out a door and draw a square on another side.
  • Glue small stick pretzels on all four sides.
  • Glue a shiny penny with Lincoln facing out in the window square.
  • Leave cut out door open. Don't cut door completely out.
  • Measure to cut out a rectangle for the roof. You may glue it or staple the roof on and even add a chimney if you like.

#2 AN EASIER CABIN (than the one above)
To celebrate Lincoln you can build log cabins with stick pretzels. Put glue all over a piece of construction paper and give the children as many pretzels as needed to build Abraham Lincoln's log cabin.


#3 Pretzel Log Cabin

Small empty milk carton
Pretzel sticks
Chocolate frosting or peanut butter
1 Rolo or other tubular shaped candy
1 square cracker
Scissors and Hot glue or tape


  • Cut the top flap of the milk carton off and tape or hot glue it closed to form the roof.
  • Spread chocolate frosting or peanut butter on one side of the milk carton then cover with pretzels. Repeat this step all over the milk carton until log cabin is complete.
  • You may need to break the tips off of some of the pretzels to make then fit up the sides.
  • Break a square cracker in half, then break one of the halves in half.
  • Spread some frosting or peanut butter on the back of the first half. “Glue” it to the front of the cabin as the door.
  • Repeat this step with a smaller broken piece for the window.
  • Spread some frosting or peanut butter to the bottom of the Rolo and stick to the roof.


A simple and fun President's Day activity is to do RUBBINGS of the face sides of coins by placing paper over the coin and rubbing it with a crayon.


Check out snack ideas using cherries!   Many recipes are in the 'CHERRY THEME'! 


by Winifred Sackville Stoner, Jr.

A mnemonic jingle to help remember the order of Presidents from George Washington to Woodrow Wilson...

George Washington, Adams and Jefferson three
First rulers of Uncle Sam's land of the free:
Then Madison, Monroe and Adams again
All clever and upright and good honest men;

The Jackson, Van Buren and Harrison first,
Tyler and Polk whose terms were so curst
By war with the Mexicans who lost in the fray -
Then Taylor and Fillmore and Pierce held their sway.

Buchanan and Lincoln, Johnson and Grant,
Then Hayes, martyred Garfield, despiser of cant,
Arthur and Cleveland, Harrison (Ben)
McKinley the martyr, beloved by all men;

Then most energetic and strenuous Teddy
And plump William Taft for a second term ready
When Wilson was placed in this nation's great chair
And promised to always rule wisely and fair.


GEORGE WASHINGTON (Dramatized finger/body play for Pre-K and K)

A very old legend tells me (Have children point to themself)
George Washington cut down a cherry tree. (Do a chopping motion)
Because he would not tell a lie, (Shake head sideways)
When asked who did this terrible deed... (Say this in a deep voice with hands on hips)

He said, "Dear Father, it was I." (Point to self)
Although this story is only a legend... (Move head sideways)
It reminds me that George Washington
Was a brave & honest man!



My hat it has 3 corners. (Form a triangle above head)
Three corners has my hat.

If it did not have 3 corners...(Raise 3 fingers)
It would not be my hat. (Shake head sideways)


You may also be interested in the 'Cherry Theme', Colonial Theme, and Patriotic Theme...They add great ideas to a President's Day/Week Theme!



Valentine Arts and Crafts

January 9, 2011 22:12 by Barbara Shelby




  ♥ Cut out heart shaped paper to have each child finish the sentence "Love is_________."
  ♥ Kids illustrate this at the top of the paper.
  ♥ Bind all of the pages into a book. Parents love reading these!



♥ Use a heart candy box bottom; cut paper to fit inside the box. OR....cut paper into the shape of a heart. Put the 'heart shaped paper' into a box
 not much bigger than the paper.

♥ Dip marbles into pink and red paint. Drop the marbles into the box and have children twist and turn the box. ---You can also do this using the traditional method of box painting. Put a small plop of paint in each corner of the box. Place something 'round (such as a marble/golf ball) and roll it around until the desired effect is achieved.

Optional: Sprinkle glitter over wet paint...pretty when complete... 



You'll need one bar of Ivory soap; 1/4 cup water; 2 drops of food coloring; and a good kitchen grater and essential oils if wanted.

  ♥ Have youth finely grate the soap into a big bowl.
  ♥ Add water. 
  ♥ Shape the soap into balls and dry overnight.
  ♥ Wrap in netting and tie up with a pretty ribbon
If you want your soaps scented, you can add a few drops of essential oil or soap scent. Most craft stores carry this. I read that you can also pack soap mixture into cookie cutters-and then dry overnight---but I've never done this.


VALENTINE 'PLAY DOUGH' PIN (These are also nice made with purchased wooden hearts!)


Store bought Play Dough
Heart shape cookie cutter
Pin backs
Hot Glue or Strong Glue
Sand Paper

This project is actually quite simple. Believe or not, the heart shape is 'plain-old store bought playdough' that has had colors mixed. (This naturally happens  as children play with it and then put it away--just make sure it's white, pink, purple,and red play dough!)
1. Roll out dough
2. Cut shapes with cookie cutter. Finished pin from 'top to bottom point' is 1 1/4 inches long. Larger cookie-cutters would make  a pin too 'heavy'.
Place shapes on wire rack to dry and harden.
3. When dry, sand any rough edges.
4. The heart may be sealed with clear nail polish or a protective coating of a clear surface finish. Repeat as necessary to achieve the level of desired gloss.
5. Glue on pin backing. (Image by

Note: A few pinches of glitter was added into the play dough for one of the pins. This part is optional.



♥ Kids will get a kick out of these silly valentines. Cut out medium sized red hearts. Write "I'm Stuck on You" on each heart.
♥ Set out band aids and have children stick a band aid on each valentine!





 Tempera paint
 Containers for water
 Tempera paint
Containers for water

1. Fold paper in half.
2. Paint half a heart on one side of the paper.
3. Close the paper and blot. (That's the 'blotto art')
4. Repeat the process if necessary (outlining the heart) until the paper is full of color.

EXTENSION IDEA: Turn the 'blotto ar't into cards! Put out a variey of supplies and challenge the children's creativity. As shown in this sample, 'R' made a 'stamp' out of a valentine eraser (see the above 'tooth pick in the heart eraser shape) and made heart designs on the cover after dipping the stamp into tempera paint.

On the inside of the card--a google-eye is glued to the upper left corner (with added eye lashes). It is followed by the 'blotto heart" and then a 'U'. (I love you!) 'R' completed the card by spraying a fine mist of  hair spray (Aqua-net)  onto the card and sprinkleded glitter. This kept the glitter on the card.

A 'glue glitter' design was added across the blotto heart. (Image by


Cut heart shapes out of card-stock or construction paper. Paint with shades of red and pink.
Sprinkle salt on the hearts while paint is still wet.
Hearts will sparkle when dry.




Make some VALENTINE YARN DOLLS! Visit the Yarn Doll page for instructions...





1. Start with a large sheet of paper or construction paper.
2. Take old magazines and the advertisements from papers. Look for anything Valentine's Day related, such as hearts, flowers, and candies.
3. Have child create a Valentine Collage with these magazine cutouts. Use markers, crayons and stickers to further decorate it.
4. Hang the finished collages for a Valentine's Day display.




Materials: Heart-shaped paper doilies or sandpaper, Scissors, White paper, Crayon

1. Cut out a heart shape from the sandpaper or use the heart-shaped doily.
2. Tape the heart to the table, with the tape on the back side of the heart.
3. Place a piece of white paper over the heart and rub a crayon (with the wrapper removed) sideways over the shape.

NOTE: KidActivities used a large doily heart. It's difficult to see in the image, but all the delicate elements showed very nicely on the rubbing. (Image by



♥ Invite children to brainstorm special things they can do for the recipient of their gift----such as-give a hug, tell a funny joke, sing a song, take out the garbage, vacuum a room, put away the dishes, etc.

♥ Write their responses on 3"X6" strips of paper. Help the children wrap the strips tightly around a pencil to create scrolls.

♥ Decorate a plain paper bag with festive Valentine craft items, drawings, stickers and glitter glue.
♥ After the bag is dry-- put the scrolls inside the bag. Fold down the top of the bag-punch two holes and thread ribbon through the holes. Tie and create a bow.
From Nov. /Dec. Scholastic Instructor-page 39



You Need: Non-menthol shaving cream, Red food coloring, Paintbrush,
White paper, Smock or old shirts.

1. Add a drop of red food coloring to a baseball-sized pile of shaving cream.
2. Mix this with a paint brush. Wear cover over clothing as the food coloring will stain clothes and hands.
3. Paint with the shaving cream on white paper.




TP tube or paper towel tube cut to desired height (Paint the tubes before decorating)
Paper heart doilies or construction paper hearts
Google eyes (for butterfly #2 )- black marker for simple version)
Pipe Cleaner
Decorations as desired

Kid Activities believes that children's projects are best when they are open-ended. For this activity a variety of supplies were put out. (Crafters had a visual sample-but were told to create their own version.) Two samples are shown here...

1. Both 'Valentine Butterflies' are similar but 'R' added a head and double wings. The wings have been cut out from the center of Valentine Doilies-however-construction paper hearts can also be used. The wings are glued over each other onto the back of the paper tube.
2. The pom-pom head sits on top of the tube and a full length 'pipe cleaner antenna' fold into the tube. (It's size and thickness holds it in place) The mouth and nose are made from  'bits' cut out of foam.
Small 'stick on' foam hearts decorate the wings.

The more simple version for a 'younger child' uses one set of wings. In place of a pom-pom head--eyes and mouth are drawn on with a black permanent marker. (Images by



Need: Two 8" squares of red or pink felt
8" cardboard heart templates to use as pattern
Safety pin
Fabric paint
Polyester fiberfill...

1. Use the cardboard heart template to trace two hearts onto the felt. Cut out hearts and place one on top of the other.
2. Put a safety pin through the middle of the hearts to hold them in place while gluing.
3. Glue the two pieces of felt together along the edge leaving a 3" opening.
4. Use fabric paint to add a child's name to the top of each pillow; let dry.
5. Stuff the heart with fiberfill and glue pillow shut.



Materials: Construction paper, Scissors, Paper plates, Glue, Yarn or ribbon.
1. Cut out  different sized hearts from red, purple and pink paper; you'll need many for each wreath.
2. Cut the middle out of a paper plate and glue the hearts all around the plate.
3. Make a bow with some yarn or ribbon--or tie some string to the back and hang. Photo by Miss Susan-Kansas City Public Library



Need: Clip-on clothes pins, red paint, pink construction paper, black paper.
1. Have children color their clothes pin red.
2. Pre-cut small pink construction paper hearts and have kids draw faces on them
3. Glue black paper antennae on the heart faces
4. Next glue the heart faces on the top "clip-end" part of the clothespin.

Give children two larger pink paper heart shapes to decorate with crayons, markers, glitter, etc.
Have them then glue two of the hearts together to make "wings" from their clothespin body.
The heart points will be touching each other on the inside and the fullness of hearts will be on the "wing ends".



Make stained glass hearts by placing red, pink and white crayon shavings between two pieces of wax paper.
Cover the top with newspaper and press a warm (lowest setting) iron to melt the crayon chips. Allow to cool completely.

Using cardboard, tag board, or empty cereal boxes, make heart shape templates for the children to trace.  Tape these over the waxed paper and trace the templates. Cut out the shape--hole-punch--attach string, ribbon or fish line! This wonderful example is from Skip to my Lou!  Be sure to make a bunch!



Materials needed: Cupcake papers, pipe cleaners, green construction paper

Take a cupcake paper and pinch the bottom of it.
Take a pipe cleaner and wrap it around the pinched area.
Cut some leaves out of green paper and add them to the pipe cleaner.
Put some play dough in a baby food jar and have the children place
the flowers in the jar (like in a vase) 
When the play dough dries flowers should stand nicely.
You can also decorate some tissue paper to cover the outside of the jar.




Materials :
22 pieces of an old jigsaw puzzle
Red acrylic paint
Tacky glue
Modge Podge glue & sealer, glossy finish 
Sequins, red and gold
Small pearl beads
Ribbon for bow
Fishing line 
1.  Paint the jigsaw puzzle pieces red and let them dry.  Painting both sides is optional.  If you want to hang the heart in a window, it would be best to paint both sides.

2.  Lay them out in a heart shape.  When laying out the shape, place one piece under the next overlapping the top piece each time.

3.  With tacky glue, glue the pieces to one another and let dry.

4.  After the heart has dried, put a coat of Modge Podge all over it and let dry.  This will make the heart very shiny.

5.  Glue sequins and pearls all around to decorate.  Let them dry thoroughly.

6.  Tie on a bow with ribbon as shown in the sample. Source: Ms. Brenda-Kansas City Library



1. Take a small terra cotta pot; have children sponge paint with red and white paint.
2. When dry add Hershey kisses.
3. Make and glue a large red construction paper heart to a Tongue depressor size Popsicle stick.
4. Put a message on it and then insert it in the center of kisses.
5. If it's a gift--wrap it with red or pink cellophane and add a pretty bow just below the heart.




Make some heart shaped templates. These can be used to trace in whole and parts to make some wonderful art such as this! Sample from a student of Shannon Stewart--former art teacher at Stetson Hills School in Phoenix



  Have any post Christmas candy canes? Hot glue two candy canes together at the tips. They make a perfectly shaped heart!


Put out construction paper, paper doilies, the candy canes, markers, ribbons, etc. Next, challenge the children  to use their imagination in creating cards!  If you have small photos of the children, you could glue these in the center of the hearts. This card has been made by Ms. Jane at the Kansas City Public Library. 



Need: Salt, Sidewalk Chalk, Clear glue, Colored paper, Markers

Put salt in small separate containers (one for each color)
♥ Rub the individual, different colors of chalk into each salt container to get the desired shades.
♥ Have children write their messages on the cards before they decorate them.
♥ Next, have children make designs on the paper by first making designs with glue on the cards; they then put the colored chalk or sand over the glue designs.
♥ Dry for half a day.


1. Cook spaghetti noodles, drain and cool.
2. Fill a gallon Ziplock bag one quarter of the way with water.
3. Add red food coloring to the water.
4. Add cooked spaghetti and mix around in the Ziplock bag until noodles change color. Drain.
5. Children can take one noodle at a time, dip it in glue and place it on a piece of paper in the shape of a heart.Submitted by Cassie/Michigan


Wrapped heart shaped lollipops/suckers
Green chenille stems/pipe cleaners

1. Starting at the top of the sucker stick, tightly wrap a chenille stem in a coil around it. 
2. Cut off remaining pieces of chenille- about 3 inches.
3. Twist the small piece of the chenille around the stem where you want the flower leaves to be.
4. Shape the leaves and twist to secure.
5. If you want to add a name tape or note, cut a piece of paper and make a hole with a hole punch.
6. Secure the note onto the smaller piece of chenille before twisting into the leaf shape



Draw a very large heart out of cardboard or card stock paper. Laminate it and cut into pieces to put back together as a puzzle. Save pieces in  plastic baggie marked with the title of the heart.

KidActivities likes to add small magnetic 'strips' to the back of each puzzle piece. This makes is easier for the children to put and keep it together. Small magnetic wipe off boards and refrigerators work well for this... 

YOU'VE GOT MAIL! (Submitted by Tasha/California)

Create a 'group' mailbox...
Starting around mid-January, have children begin to write letters to each other in the classroom or program. (The staff also has a mailbox.)
Students then Mail their letters. On Valentine's Day, students mail each other their Valentine's as well.

TIP: To make your mailboxes- you can use shoeboxes, coffee cans, tissue boxes, paper bags, cereal boxes --  anything!  The kids can then decorate them up with paint, glitter, pompoms, doilies, lace, felt, wrapping paper and anything else that is available! (Credit: Getty Images/Stock Photo)  


Have a "MAKE A VALENTINE HEART" by tearing paper contest! Craft and Game in one!

♥ Have each participant hold a piece of valentine colored construction paper in your hands--behind their back.
♥ They tear the paper into a heart shape without looking at what they are doing.
♥ Who's created the most "heart-looking" heart shape!?


Check out the VALENTINE JOKES PAGE...Fun as jokes--but also wonderful for making cards! Put the 'Question' on the card cover...and the 'Answer' on the inside. Illustrate and decorate as each joke indicates!


DOILY CROWNS (For younger children)
♥ Give each child a heart doily.
♥ Have children decorate them with markers or heart stickers.
♥ Next glue the doily in the center of a 2"x 20" strip of red paper.

♥ Wrap each child's strip around his/her head and tape it in place to make a crown.


Materials: Plastic wrap, Individually wrapped candies, Ribbon

Time needed: Under 1 Hour
1. Begin by laying out three feet of plastic wrap, cutting it in half lengthwise. Place candies or groups of candies every three inches.

2. Roll the plastic over and tie bows BETWEEN each candy -using six-inch strips of ribbon.

3. Tie the two ends of the plastic wrap together and cover the knot with another ribbon.
Wear now and eat later!





We've all done stamp art using cut fruits and vegetables...where we dip the veggies in paint and print. That's it! Look at the wonderful creations that can be make with cut cabbage! This sample is made using stamp pads...Wonderful for Valentine's Day!

NOTE: KidActivities hasn't tried it--but has been told that celery used the same way--works as well.



1/4 cup liquid laundry starch
2 drops food coloring
or 1 tsp. tempera paint
   ♥ Mix ingredients until blended




Baby food jars or jam jars
Scraps of tissue paper
Diluted paste or glue
Votive candles 

♥ Clean the jars well and let dry. You can use small jars...but check the size of the votive candle to make sure it will fit.

♥ Have the children  brush glue onto the jar and place different colors of tissue paper over the glue, overlapping so the entire jar is covered on the outside.

♥ When brushing the tissue with glue be sure to do so gently so it doesn't tear. If it tears, remove or leave wrinkled.

♥ The glue will appear to be white but will dry clear and when a candle is lit inside will give off a pretty color and design.
Great for gift time!  ♥ Valentine's Day: Use pink & red ...




Simply take a large paper clip and tie a group of three or four ribbon lengths to the top of the clip. (The amount depends on the width of the ribbon.)  The clips are great to mark book pages as well as clip envelopes and folders. Image by  (For other bookmark making ideas visit the Book Mark Craft page)





1. RIBBON AND HEARTS (On bottom of image) 

♥ Make a heart garland for Valentine's Day.
♥ Cut heart shapes out of red , pink, and purple construction paper or craft foam.
♥ Use a hole-punch to make a hole in each side of the heart.
♥ Use  ribbon or yarn to tie all the heart together into a garland. Hang from ceiling or down a wall.


2. PAPER CHAINS... (Top of image)

Paper chains looped from the ceiling are always festive! Depending on the age of the children, after the paper strips are cut...they can be attached using glue sticks, scotch tape or staples. (Staples are the fastest) Of course--use pink, read, and purple construction paper.



All you need are pipe cleaners in Valentine colors of your choice!

Make circles from an entire pipe cleaner. Take a half of pipe cleaner and connect the circles together! As you connect the large circles, bend them into a heart shape--that's it... 


4. HEART SHAPED PAPER CHAIN (Middle chain in image)

♥ Cut strips just as you would for a paper chain. Fold each strip in half. (See folded strips to left of heart chain garland)

Take the two 'top strips' that are not folded--and touching them together---fold them down into a heart-top. Staple this to complet the shape.

Connect  hearts by taking  two 'open strip tops' and fold them down over the previously made heart . Staple this at the bottom of the strips to make another heart shape. Continue until you achieve a chain of paper hearts... (Image by



Constructions paper (Valentine colors of your choice
Markers (Black and optional red)
Large foam heart shape and google eyes.

Start by showing children how to make a 'perfect heart' using a sheet of construction paper.
1. Fold a sheet of construction paper in half. Draw half a heart on the one side. Leaving the paper folded...follow and cut the half-heart line. Open the sheet of paper and you have a perfect heart. This is the face/body.

2. With the remaining sheets of construction paper--cut out two long strips for the legs and two slightly shorter strips for the arms. Fold the long strips back and forth accordian style. Glue or tape these to the body.

3. Using a smaller heart template, have children cut out four matching hearts--two are the hands and two are the feet. Allow kids to place these any way they would like. (Points of heart shapes facing up or down on the arms/legs)

4. Mouth: KidActivities used a large foam heart-shape for the mouth. A curvy line was added in the center to separate the lips and a marker traced the shape for detail. If you don't have larger sized foam hearts--draw and color in big red lips or smile! Still very cute!

5. Eyes:  Eyes were first drawn using a black marker. A google eye was placed in the center of each eye. Add a couple little dots for the nose and complete as desired! (Image by



1. Make 2 huge hearts; have each child write/print their name on one of the hearts. Continue to decorate as desired.
2. Leaving an opening, staple the edges of the two heart together.
3. Stuff the heart with recycled paper.
4. When complete, staple the opening shut.
5. Optional: Attach streamers of pink, white and red to the bottom.

Hang the heart with a sign above that says: Our Class has Heart!



'WALL OF LOVE' DISPLAY BOARD...Use it many ways!


For Valentine's Day, the staff at Colchester Institute Library (UK) put together this "Wall of Lurve" (You can call it Wall of 'Love'  'Friendship', or  '______'.)

For Valentine's day the  library staff provided a display for students and staff to write messages. Around 150 pink hearts were displayed on the Wall at the entrance to the library.

This is something that could easily be adapted to a class or after-school program! Kids could write friendship messages about teachers, friends, places, things, food, etc. Kids love writing on walls--so it could be a hit!

This is also a great idea for February's 100th day of school or National Friendship Month! The hearts could also be filled with Acts of Kindness for February's Kindness Week!



1. Give each child two pre-cut place mat size ovals cut out of clear self-stick paper.
2. Remove the backing from one of the oval sheets
3. Have each child place hearts cut from red, pink, white, etc. tissue paper or construction paper
Last. sprinkle on glitter. Complete by removing the backing from the second oval and carefully placing the sticky-side down on the decorated oval.



The front of old greeting cards, yarn, tape, hole punch.

1. Punch holes around the edges of cards about half inch to one inch apart.
2. Cut yarn for approximated lengths for lacing.
3. Tape one end of a piece of yarn to the back of each card.
4. Children then lace yarn through then holes in the cards.
5. When they finish, trim the remaining yarn ends and tape them to the back of the card. (lacing will be easier if you dip one end of yarn into wax or glue---or wrap it with tape to make a "needle".
6. This can be done with any Holiday such as Easter for Easter cards, Christmas, etc.



HERSHEY'S KISSES Flower Bouquet 

Materials: 6" lengths of 12 gauge floral wire,  Silk flower leaves, Green floral tape,  Clear cellophane,  Glue, Scissors,  Ribbon,  Hershey Kisses Milk Chocolates

1. For each candy rose, spread glue on the bottom of one foil-wrapped chocolate.
2. Firmly press the bottom of another chocolate to it.
3. Insert florist wire into one pointed end of the double chocolates, twisting cellophane, continuing down the full length of wire with tape.
4. Add 1 or 2 artificial leaves, if desired, securing leaves in place with florist tape.
You can also make them by taking two Hershey kisses...  first insert a pipe cleaner or wire into one. Next attach kisses together at flat end with tape or glue; wrap them with red saran wrap. Take 2 wire leaves and attach them to the pipe cleaner with florist tape.......'Kiss Rose kits' are also sold at Oriental Trading (See photo on left)



 This wonderful  display was created by Katja Van Elbe at a week long "Conscious Discipline Institute" work shop. (Sorry the work shop ink was disabled)

To replicate this idea, after making the tree shape of trunk and branches--add a heart for every kindness act noted. This idea is nice any time of the year, but works especially well in the month of February.




Coffee filters, Paintbrush, Red tempera paints, and water.

Water down red tempera paint in a container.
Cut a heart shape out of the coffee filter.
Then take the paintbrush and paint the coffee filter with the watered down paint.
Painting only parts of it will give a tie dyed affect. When it is dry hang them in a window.



Heavy construction paper
Pipe cleaners
Decorated Pencils
Hole punch
Black Marker or Pen

From red, pink or purple paper, cut out several hearts approximately
4 inches across. On each, draw a nose and eyes.
Punch four holes above the mouse's nose.
Thread a short length of pipe cleaner through the top two holes
and another through the bottom two. Lastly, slip a pencil down
behind the whiskers, from the backside of the heart.
Source: DLK Website



ARM, HAND & FINGER PAINTING!!!  MESSY BUT FUN! This is a given...Keep lots of water and paper towel nearby!

Paint each child's arm brown and hand and fingers green. Have them put it on construction paper to make a tree. Placing the green hand a few times on the paper--makes a nice tree. After, dip fingers in red paint to make hearts on the tree. A finger print going to the left and again to the right--makes a nice heart! Optional: Foam hearts can also be added to the tree...

Messy but the kids will love it!!!



Click here for all Valentine pages linked together: Art/Crafts, Snacks, Games, Songs, Jokes, Gifts

You will also find some wonderful craft/gift  ideas that work for Valentine's Day in...

•Children's Crafts that Smell Good! 

•Gifts from a Child's Heart 

•Food Based Gifts

•Creative Ways to Wrap Gifts

Easy Candy Recipes

•How about a Teddy Bear and other Bears Theme?! Teddy Bears are wonderful around Valentine's Day!