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President's Day for Kids!

February 3, 2011 18:35 by Barbara Shelby

LIST OF PRESIDENTS-UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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-present)

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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!) 
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WRITE TO THE CURRENT PRESIDENT:
    The White House
    1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
    Washington, DC 20500

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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 qick 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

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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...

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DOLLAR PICK UP TRICK

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!
Source: Creativkidsathome.com
 

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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!

#1 MESSY BUT FUN!

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

ARM, HAND & FINGER PAINTING!!! 
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 KidActivities.net)

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#2 POPCORN CHERRY BLOSSOMS FOR PRESIDENT’S DAY …
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.
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#3 CHERRY TREES WITH TWIGS
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!)
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#4 TP PAPER  CHERRY TREE...
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".

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

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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...

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EIGHT IDEAS TO CELEBRATE PRESIDENT’S DAY!

 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)

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PRESIDENT'S DAY GAMES

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!

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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: pepperspollywogs.com

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FOR LINCOLNS’ BIRTHDAY...
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.

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GUESS HOW MANY 'JELLY BEANS' OR 'PEANUTS'...

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!

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

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CRAFTS

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.

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EASY LINCOLN'S HAT
Materials:
Pudding snack cup
Black acrylic paint
Black construction paper or felt
Glue
   • 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

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PRESIDENTS DAY PAPER WEIGHT 

Materials:
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 KidActivities.net)

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THREE LINCOLN’S CABINS FOR PRESIDENTS DAY...

  • 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.

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#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.

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#3 Pretzel Log Cabin

Materials:
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.

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COIN RUBBINGS
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.

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

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OUR PRESIDENTS
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.

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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!

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MY HAT HAS THREE CORNERS (For Pre-K/K)

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)

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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!

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