George Washington and Abraham Lincoln were born just ten days apart with Washington’s birthday on February 22, 1732 and Lincoln’s birthday on February 12, 1809.
Today, in the United States, we celebrate both presidents’ birthdays on the third Monday of February. While President’s Day primarily focuses on George Washington, it’s an ideal opportunity to teach children about other presidents as well.
Crafts are the perfect way to offer insight into the lives of the presidents while having fun
The following details 2 simple cut and paste craft projects for Presidents’ Day:
George Washington Cotton Ball and Paper Craft The first project is a George Washington face. You’ll need:
- cotton balls
- coloring tools
- paper, and
- a printer
Download the template from DLTK, print it, and make copies for the children.
If you have trouble fitting the template on a single page, set the page margins to zero before printing. Have the children cut out and color their template pieces. Glue the hat and collar. Finish it by drawing a face and gluing two or three cotton balls to each side of the head to serve as hair.
Abraham Lincoln Paper Plate Craft The second project is an Abraham Lincoln face. You’ll need:
- paper plates
- black markers
- flesh colored paint, and
- brown, white, and black construction paper
Paint the plates and let them dry. Then use the black marker to draw a mouth and nose. Cut two small white paper circles for the eyes and two smaller black paper circles for the pupils. Cut rectangles from black and white paper and assemble a hat using the instructions on DLTK.
Finish it by cutting one inch wide by four inch long brown paper strips, curling them with a pencil, and gluing them all the way around the plate, except for where the hat sits, to serve as hair and a beard.