Teaching kids about government, history, and the shaping of our nation is important… but where do you start? School may be out, but that’s no excuse not to learn! With these fun activities, you can teach little ones all about Presidents’ Day and why we celebrate!
What is Presidents’ Day?
Presidents’ Day is commemorated each year on the third Monday of February. The day was originally celebrated in honor of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Today, the holiday includes anyone who has ever held the office of the U.S. President. That said, celebrations vary by state, with some honoring Washington and Lincoln individually.
Presidents’ Day Activities
Instead of treating today as just another day off, have the family partake in a presidential-themed activity to learn more about the day. A few fun ideas include…
Enjoying a Presidential Meal
Have a favorite president? Why not incorporate some of their favorite dishes into your meals today? It is said that George Washington enjoyed fish and eggs, while Lincoln loved a freshly picked apple. President Taft started with a mighty breakfast each day, while JFK almost always had soup for lunch. You could also opt to make a patriotic dessert such as these star cookies or Lincoln’s favorite almond cake.
Take a Virtual Field Trip
There are all sorts of presidential places you can visit, without leaving the comfort of home. You can take a virtual tour of the White House, with access to all the public rooms on the Ground and State Floors. The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum offers a virtual tour with walkthroughs, audio clips, and guidance for teachable moments. You could also explore the home of Washington, Mt. Vernon.
Visit Presidential Sites
We are fortunate to live in an area rich in presidential history. High on a beautiful hilltop, you’ll find the William Howard Taft National Historic Site. This is the place where President Taft was born and raised. The Ohio History Center will be celebrating Presidents’ Day with esteemed presenters and activities throughout the day. For a bigger adventure, you can take a ride down the Ohio Presidential Trail. There are all sorts of historical sites to visit on this epic drive.