Celebrate Presidents Day with these FREE Presidents Day Activities!
As homeschoolers we often ask ourselves questions that others may not, dig deeper into things that interest us, or even go off on tangents!
Before I get to the FREE Presidents Day Activities I’d like to talk about the spelling of this holiday.
Happy Presidents’ Day! Or is it President’s Day? Or Presidents Day?
What you call the national holiday depends on where you are, who you’re honoring, and how you think we’re celebrating.
Saying “President’s Day” implies that the day belongs to a singular president, such as George Washington or Abraham Lincoln, whose birthdays are the basis for the holiday. On the other hand, referring to it as “Presidents’ Day” means that the day belongs to all of the presidents—that it’s their day collectively. Finally, calling the day “Presidents Day”—plural with no apostrophe—would indicate that we’re honoring all POTUSes past and present, but that no one president actually owns the day.
You would think that in the 140 years since “Washington’s Birthday” was declared a holiday in 1879, someone would have officially declared a way to spell the day. But in fact, even the White House itself hasn’t chosen a single variation for its style guide. – excerpt from Stacy Conradt at Mental Floss
FREE Presidents Day Activities for Homeschool
Looking for some activities to do with the kids for Presidents Day? You can use the opportunity to learn about some of our country’s greatest leaders and their history with these free printable activities from Coupon Chief.
The printable activities include:
- A patriotic scavenger hunt, perfect for young children
- An imaginative journal prompt to get kids thinking creatively
- A money matching game to help elementary-aged children practice their coin-counting and history skills
Patriotic Scavenger Hunt
Have a little one who loves to play I-spy? This printable is just for them!
Scavenger hunts are great for young minds –– they help develop observation skills while learning about colors and their surroundings.
Use this simple scavenger hunt for a fun dose of red, white, and blue patriotism with your little ones! Be sure to help younger children read and find the items on the list. They’ll have so much fun searching for each thing to cross off! Bonus points for using a red or blue marker to mark things off as you spot them.
If I Were President Journal Prompt
The perfect combination of pretend-play and creative writing, this activity will give kids the chance to imagine themselves as the president of the United States.
While working on this printable, be sure to talk about the qualities a good president should have –– leadership, communication, responsibility, and a strong sense of right and wrong.
Ask your little one to describe what they think is important for a president. Be sure to add in a bit of light-hearted silliness too! For example, as president, your little one might decide to make everyone dress like a cowboy on Mondays!
Name That Coin! Matching Game
Older elementary-aged children will love this one! This activity combines important money-counting skills with fun trivia facts for a dose of American history.
Here’s how to play:
- Collect two or three coins of each value (pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters).
- Using the printable, help your child match each coin to the right circle on the page.
- For example, you should place a penny on the circle that says “1 cent.”
As you play, be sure to talk about the president you see on each coin.
- Use the trivia facts on the next page to supplement your discussion of each president.
- Want to make the game more challenging for older kids, or even yourself? Put the coins away – no peeking allowed! Using only the printable, name the president that goes with each circle’s value. For example, the 25-cent circle should make you think of George Washington!
If your children were loving working with coins, here are some FREE Printable Coin Counting Worksheets (That digging deeper and going off on tangents I referred to earlier!)
Whether you use these printables as part of your normal homeschool curriculum or as a fun way to spend the long weekend, they’ll be sure to keep your kids happy and busy!