It’s almost Presidents’ Day which means it’s time to talk a little bit about the history of the United States. Traditionally, Presidents Day is celebrated on the third Monday every February, usually between the 15th and 22nd. It is also known as “Washington’s Birthday” in celebration of the first president, George Washington, born on February 22nd, 1732. We now celebrate all our presidents on this day.
These President’s Day activities are aligned to Colorado Academic Standards for ages 3-5.
President’s Day Lessons & Activities
Activity # 1 George Washington, Our First President
Objectives: LKS 1.1, 1.3, 1.5
Materials: Book: A Picture Book of George Washington, tissue paper, construction paper, glue, pencils
1. Read book, A Picture Book of George Washington.
2. Students discuss important facts from the book, write ideas on the board/ draw
3. Students work at tables. Help students trace their hand and arm with a pencil to make the tree trunk. They cut out the leaves and attach to the trunk. Then add cherry blossoms using pink and white tissue paper (not shown in the picture).
1. Did students show interest in the book?
2. Were students able to repeat an important fact from the book?
3. Were students able to relate the craft to the book (George Washington cut down
the cherry tree and was truthful about it)?
Outdoor Structured Activity: PD/#3/85 Yankee Doodle Tag (Marching tag)
Social Skills Development Activity: Using Gentle Hands
Activity #2 We Can Vote
Materials: Book: Duck for President, black fabric, box for ballots, ballots with candidates names and pictures, duck puppet, panda puppet
Objectives: 1. MKS 2.1
Procedures: 1. Read Book:Duck for President.
2. Today we will be having an election to see who willl be president” The candidates
are Mr. Duck and Ms. Panda (pick two puppets) Make up a short description of each candidate, example: Duck: I will make sure we have an extra hour of recess, cookies for snack, and extra art time everyday/ Panda: I will let everyone stay awake at nap time, I will have cupcake parties every week and I will give lolly pops to everyone if I win.
3. Students line up to vote in the dramatic play areas which has been set up as a voting
4. Once everyone is voted, tally the votes together as a class and decide who is the
1. Were students able to correctly identify who the winner of the “election” is by
comparing the results of the votes?
Outdoor Structured Activity:PD/#3/85 Bean Bag Toss
Social Skills Development Activity: Listening/ Simon Says
Activity # 3 (Science Integration) Patriotic Wind Catcher
Science: All About Wind
Objectives: Science and Knowledge Skills 2.1, 2.6
Materials: Book: Feel the Wind, strips of red and white tissue paper, blue construction paper, stars punched out of white paper, glue, yarn
Procedure: 1. Read Book: Feel the Wind. Review some of the important facts from the book. Students say something they learned from the book.
2. Say, “Today we have been learning about wind. We will make a wind catcher that
helps us see which direction the wind is blowing.”
3.Students work at tables on creating their wind catchers with the materials provided.
4. Students use their wind catchers to see which way the wind is blowing outside.
1. Were students able to describe a fact about wind?
2. Were students able to describe the effect of the wind on their wind catcher?
Social Skills Activity: Keeping ourselves and our friends safe
Large Motor Connection Activity: Parachute
Activity #4 “If I were President” Journaling
Language Arts: Journaling, Early Writing “If I were president, ___________”
Standards: Literacy Knowledge & Skills 5.3, 5.4
Objectives: Students will use scribbles, shapes, pictures, and letters to represent
objects, stories, experiences, or ideas. Students will copy, trace, or independently write
letters or words
Materials: Book: If I Were President, pencils, colored pencils, writing paper with the prompt, “If I were president, ___________” written for students to trace or you can use this: Free Printable President’s Day Writing Template (shown in the image above),
Procedure: 1. Read book, If I Were President. Review some of the big ideas from
the book with students. Talk about some of the jobs the president is in charge
2. Say, Today we will be thinking about what we would do if we were the president. Is
there anything you would change? What would you do? Students say something they
would do if they were president. Once they say their idea they can go to the tables and
write, using the writing prompt, “If I were president, __________.”
Assessment: Objectives will be met if students are able to write the first and last letter
of the words they are writing, and pictures have at least 3 colors and details.
Outdoor Structured Activity:PD/#3/85 Ball Dump Game
Social Skills Building Activity: Belly Breathing
Activity # 5 Building President Lincoln’s Log Cabin
Social Studies: Abraham Lincoln and His Log Cabin, Life in the Olden Days
Objectives: Social Studies Knowledge & Skills 3.1, 3.2
Materials: Book: My First Biography: Abraham Lincoln, popsicle sticks, crayons or colored pencils, construction paper, glue
Procedure: 1. Read Book,My First Biography: Abraham Lincoln. Review some of the big ideas from the book. Students talk about some of the things Abraham Lincoln accomplished in his life.
2. Show an example of the log cabin craft
3. Students complete their own version of Lincoln’s log cabin at tables
1. Did students talk about at least one thing Abraham Lincoln did in the past as
2. Did students recognize that Abraham Lincoln lives in a log cabin a long time ago?
Large Motor Connection Activity: Making A Log Cabin Outside on the House
Social Skills Building Activity: Working As A Team
Additional Presidents Day Resources:
Presidents and Money - Learning about the people on coins and dollar bills