The third Monday in February is quickly approaching, and we’re sure you’re on the lookout for fresh, engaging Presidents’ Day activities for kids to use in your classroom!
Presidents’ Day Activities for Kids
Before you wish your students a happy holiday weekend, give them a chance to explore the themes behind this important day with some fun and interesting classroom activities! Whether you’re looking for something serious or a little more light-hearted, we’ve got everything you need to help your students engage in this important day.
#1 Presidents’ Day Word Wall Display
Start your Presidents’ Day lessons with a quick discussion regarding vocabulary! Our Presidents’ Day Word Wall Vocabulary resource has over 55 vocabulary cards and is completely editable. Create a Presidents’ Day word wall chart in your classroom to help immerse your students in the day.
If you’re teaching remotely, your students will love the opportunity to create their very own word wall at home! Why not have a class discussion about additional vocabulary that could be included?
#2 Funky Uncle Sam
You may have seen our funky resource collection! Well, we’ve brought a new friend into the mix – the Funky Uncle Sam Craft Activity!
Help your students get into the patriotic spirit with this fun fine-motor activity. Students can draw lines and patterns to decorate Uncle Sam before cutting and pasting the template to a colorful piece of construction paper.
#3 Presidents’ Day – Teaching Presentation
You can’t explore Presidents’ Day in the classroom without sharing this Presidents’ Day – Teaching Presentation. This slide show takes your students through the history of Presidents’ Day leading up to now. It also makes a great resource to share with any students who may be learning from home.
As well as interesting information, the PowerPoint features three fun activities using our 10 Fun Facts – Template, Design-a-Currency resource, and If I Were President… worksheet to help your students explore different facets of being the president!
#4 Create a Presidential Timeline
Older students may benefit from completing a biography research project on a president of their choice! Why not use our Biography Timeline Template to help your students create a presidential timeline of their chosen figure?
This handy template helps students develop the skills of sequencing and recording changes over time.
#5 Presidential Oath of Office – Vocabulary Activity
If you want to dive even deeper into vocabulary, then the Presidential Oath of Office – Vocabulary Activity is for you!
Sometimes the words used in these formal proceedings can seem quite foreign to the youngsters in our care! Help your students decode the message behind the oath by researching the definition, synonym, and antonym of the information used in the oath.
#6 If I Were President …
Do you ever wonder what your students would do if they were president of the United States?
The fantastic If I Were President… worksheet is perfect for writing centers! Your students will feel engaged and empowered while filling out questions about what they might do if they were in office.
You may be surprised at some of the suggestions your students make!
This Presidents’ Day writing center activity can also be used as a research prompt! It is a great way to examine how other presidents have helped to develop the United States throughout history.
#7 Presidents’ Day Finger Puppets
Young students will be so excited to use these Presidents’ Day Finger Puppets! Print the puppet template on cardstock and place them in your writing center for some fun dramatic and imaginative play.
Discuss each president with your class and try one of the following activities:
- Practice identifying coins or presidents.
- Practice identifying coins by value, or adding and subtracting coins together.
- Use the templates to write facts about each president and work on handwriting skills.
- Use the puppets to present some facts to the class in ‘character’ as one of the represented presidents.
Having your face on a dollar bill is a pretty big deal! Your students will love the opportunity to design and illustrate their very own bill.
Analyze a dollar bill with your class, and then let them take over! Your kids can also plan and illustrate a coin.
Finally, encourage your class to reflect on their choices. What a way to lead up to Presidents’ Day!