President’s Day with Preschoolers!

We were invited to a play-date with two other kids just about the same ages as mine (two and three).  I wanted to think of something that we could do that would be fun, crafty, and have a President’s Day Theme.  We had four kids altogether so combining that fact with the theme of presidents, I knew that I wanted to do something with Mount Rushmore.  I figured out that we could make our own Mount Rushmore with masks! Yeah!  Here is what we did….

I needed 4 paper plates, four popsicle sticks, glue, a book about Presidents, and construction paper to cut out the facial features

I needed 4 paper plates, four popsicle sticks, glue, a book about Presidents, cotton balls, and construction paper to cut out the facial features

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I cut out the middle of the plates and attached a stick to each one.

After finding pictures of the  different presidents, I started to cut-out the different facial features to add to the masks.  Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt anyone??

After finding pictures of the different presidents, I started to cut-out the different facial features to add to the masks. Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt anyone??

The four Presidents before the glue and cotton balls.  Yes, I had trouble making Thomas Jefferson, but that is ok, it still worked.

The four Presidents before the glue and cotton balls. Yes, I had trouble making Thomas Jefferson, but that is ok, it still worked.

All packed up and ready for our play-date!!

All packed up and ready for our play-date!!

When we started our activity, I read my copy of “So You Want to Be President?” By Judith St. George. In case you are unfamiliar with this book, it is a book about different facts about past presidents and the requirements of becoming a President of the United States in the future.  I think that the book is perfect as a whole for upper elementary-age students, however, younger children can enjoy parts of it.  I put sticky notes on all of the pages featuring the presidents from Mount Rushmore, George Washington, Teddy Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, and Thomas Jefferson.  I also included the page on the pets that have lived in the White House and the beginning and end of the book.  When I read the book the older two kids seemed really interested, the one and two year-olds, not so much.  After reading the sticky-note sections, we looked at a picture of Mount Rushmore on the internet.

Then we picked which kid was going to create which president’s mask.  We decided that the tallest person would Abraham Lincoln and then just randomly choose the others.  Then we got to work…

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Teddy!

Teddy Roosevelt!

The finished masks.  They looked so cute!

The finished masks. They looked so cute!

The real Mount Rushmore

The real Mount Rushmore

Our Mount Rushmore!

Our Mount Rushmore! (Apparently, George Washington doesn’t like to get his picture taken.)

Overall, I thought that the project went really well!  The kids learned about Mount Rushmore (Field Trip!), what it takes to become President of the United States, different facts about past President’s, and familiarized themselves with the names of four of them.  I think that it pretty good for four kids under four! Enjoy!

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