Here are some simple and fun President’s Day activities for your preschool or pre-k kids.
Presidents’ Day, By Anne Rockwell, is a good book that explains President’s Day to preschoolers in a simple, easy to understand way. These activities go well with that book.
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Voting for a Presidential Pet
Decorate a box in red, white, and blue paper and make a slot in the top for a voting box.
There’s no need to get political with preschoolers and have them vote for any real politicians, so here’s what I do. I have the kids vote on which pet would be the best pet for our president: a cat or dog.
Each child is given a voting card with a picture of a dog and cat. They circle their choice, and drop it in the voting box. Once everyone has voted, I pull out the slips one by one and attached them to a chart paper graph. We count to see how many votes each pet received and compare more and less to see which animal wins the election.
If I Was President…
At the top of a piece of chart paper, write “If I Was President…” Ask each child what would they do if they were the president, and write their responses on the chart. You could also have children illustrate their answers in a journal or on a piece of paper to be put into a class book.
President Alphabet Game
Tape letters to the floor in a circle. While the music plays, have the children march around the circle. When the music stops, they must find a letter to stand on. Pull a letter card out of a bag, and call out that letter. The child standing on that letter becomes the “President” for the next round of the game. (Place a special chair in the middle of the circle for the President to sit in.) The “President” can be the one to pull out the letter card the next time. Be sure to play some patriotic music, such as The Grand Old Flag, America the Beautiful, Stars and Stripes Forever.
Hope you and your preschool and pre-k kids have fun with these activities!
President’s Day Song for Kids
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