Young children can participate in learning history with the upcoming holiday President’s Day. There are developmentally- appropriate activities that you can use to introduce your young child to this holiday. Our children are far below other countries in knowing the history of our country. Early childhood educators know the importance of teaching concepts early to spark interest for future success in school. We know the value of early learning for reading, writing, and math. The subject of history can certainly be introduced at an early age to begin an understanding of our country’s symbols, government, and important historical people.
One fun activity that children will readily relate to the upcoming holiday is baking a birthday cake and using the colors red, white, and blue to decorate the cake. The association of the flag’s colors and pictures of Washington and Lincoln will make an impact on young children. If baking a real cake is not an option, children can create a cake on a large piece of poster board. Draw a large cake and use red, white, and blue confetti or collage pieces to decorate the cake. Small pictures printed from a website can be posted beside the cake in the classroom.
Books are always a developmentally- appropriate way to introduce concepts to young children. The following books are great for beginning to introduce history to your young children.
*What Presidents Are Made Of by Hanoch Piven
*Picture Book of George Washington by David A. Adler
*Picture Book of Abraham Lincoln by David A. Adler
*Row, Row, Row the Boats by Michael Dahl
*Woodrow, the White House Mouse
*Woodrow for President by Peter C. Barnes
*Vote by Eileen Christelow
*President’sDay by Anne Rockwell
Young children can celebrate this holiday and learn early concepts with their peers and siblings who are older. Happy President’s Day!