First 5 LA’s 5 Minutes: Learn About Presidents’ Day
Presidents Day is celebrated on the third Monday of February. This national holiday celebrates two of our most notable presidents: George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.
George Washington was the first president of the United States and led troops to victory against the British in the Revolutionary War. Abraham Lincoln is also one of the most important figures in American history. He was instrumental in ending the Civil War and also freed the slaves in the South. We celebrate this holiday in February because both presidents’ birthdays fall closely together during this month.
Although the holiday was created to honor these two presidents, some states also use Presidents Day to celebrate the lives of other presidents. Presidents Day celebrates our nation’s history and the lives and work of leaders who fought for the freedom of its citizens.
Teachable Moment: Talk to your child about the presidents the U.S. has elected in your lifetime, and who your favorite President is.
Presidents’ Day Activity: Presidential Faces
You will need:
- Construction paper (blue, black, white)
- Markers or crayons
1. Start by cutting an oval shape from construction paper for the base of your presidential face.
2. Next, cut out a top hat shape from the black construction paper, or a blue tricorn (triangle) hat from the blue construction paper. If you are making Abraham Lincoln, glue the top hat to the top of your paper, and glue the blue hat for George Washington.
3. Draw features on the paper with your markers or crayons.
4. Cut out and glue a black beard to the bottom of your mask for Lincoln. Add white strips of paper for hair for Washington.
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