President's Day

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In honor of President's Day, (and since the kids don't understand the concept of vacation), I added a few president themed activities to our shelves.

President Match Up & Writing Actvity
I decided to focus on U.S. Presidents that are placed on our coins for many of our activities, however, the kids being so young, didn't really know who the U.S. Presidents were, or what their names were.  This activity was designed to help them learn these things.  There are pictures of the four presidents with names an then pictures of the four presidents only, and names only.  Obviously one could add more U.S. Presidents.

Option
1.  Match up cards with names and faces to separate name & face cards.  Once matched, practice writing the names of U.S. Presidents on white board.

Source:  I created this activity on my own, although I'm guessing there are many out there like this.

Presidents Day Roll and Circle
I found this to be a great addition activity, even one that the littler kiddos could do all on their own. Princess played this game every day.

Option:
1. Roll the dice.  Add numbers.  Circle the answer number located on the white house picture. Continue until all numbers are circled.

Source:  I found this activity at Primary Inspiration.

Sort the Coins by President
I thought this activity would be more popular than what it was, but I think it was too easy for my kiddos.  Still, each of them did do it by the end of the week.

Option
1.  Sort coins by U.S. President.

Source:  I found this activity at Teach Beside Me.

Cleaning Pennies
This was by far the favorite activity of the week!  The kids would wait so patiently for their turn to clean pennies.

Option
1.  Place a dirty penny into a small cup.  Use dropper to cover well with lemon juice.  Let sit for at least 5 minutes.  Use dropper to drain out lemon juice.  Take other dropper and cover penny with water to rinse.  Remove water from cup using dropper, place penny on towel to dry.

Source: I can not for the life of me remember where I saw a picture of this activity, however, I was able to find directions for the activity on ehow.com.

A Closer Look at Money
The kids don't really get too close to "real" money very often, so I figured this would be a great time for them to really examine our currency.  They all loved it.  For them, the challenge was to learn how to use a magnifying glass correctly.

Option
1.  Take money of choice, place it in a tray with a magnifying glass and voila! Super easy.

Source: I thought up this one all on my own, however, I'm guessing there are others out there that have thought of it too.  I just didn't happen to stumble across any of them during my searches.

Lincoln Logs
 Of course we couldn't let the week go by without bringing out the Lincoln Logs!  The boys really like them, although Dinomite struggles with building. He has to make everything perfect.  Bulldozer tends to go into his own little world a little too easily with them.  I just loved that they were attempting to build anything!

President's Day Sugar Cookies
Though out the course of the day, the kids helped make the sugar cookie dough, roll it out, and use the cookie cutters.  In the evening, we decorated them. Each kiddo was given their own knife, frosting and sprinkles. It was a mess, but tons of fun and very yummy.  I do believe the kids are getting better at spreading.  I love activities that you can eat after your done!

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