Looking for free Presidents Day worksheets, coloring pages, activity sheets and fun facts for kids?
Find a list of online resources for free printable Presidents Day worksheets, coloring pages and other educational activities below. In addition, children will enjoy the fun facts about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln listed at the end of this post.
Schools will be closed for the federal holiday on Feb. 18, 2013, but many teachers and home schoolers will be teaching children about George Washington, our nation's first president, on the day before the long holiday weekend.
Monday's holiday was originally meant to honor only George Washington, who was born on Feb 22, 1732. However, many people also honor Abraham Lincoln (born Feb 12, 1809) on Presidents Day.
Presidents Day Worksheets, Lesson Plans, Coloring Pages
- The Teacher's Corner: Find puzzles, coloring pages, and worksheets about Presidents Day for students of varying grade levels.
- The Teacher Planet: This website has worksheets, quizzes and printable posters to teach students from pre-school to high school about George Washington or Presidents Day.
- The Holiday Zone: Has printable pictures, puzzles and worksheets that are perfect for teachers to use as handouts or to use at home to teach children about President Washington and President Lincoln.
- Enchanted Learning: Find a wide range of activities suited for children of all ages to download and print including activity books, word searches and craft instructions.
Five Facts About Presidents Day:
- In Alabama, the third Monday in February commemorates the birthdays of both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.
- In Arkansas, the third Monday in February is "George Washington's Birthday and Daisy Gatson Bates Day," an official state holiday.
- In New Mexico, Presidents Day, at least as a state government paid holiday, is observed on the Friday following Thanksgiving.
- In 2007, the country celebrated both Washington's 275th birthday and the 75th anniversary of the rebirth of the Purple Heart medal.
- Since 1862, there has been a tradition in the United States Senate that George Washington's Farewell Address be read on his birthday. Citizens had asked that this be done in light of the approaching Civil War. The annual tradition continues with the reading of the address on or near Washington's Birthday.
Five Facts About President George Washington
- Only President to be elected unanimously.
- Only President inaugurated in 2 cities: New York and Philadelphia.
- There were 13 stars on the US flag when Washington became President in 1789.
- Only President who did not live in the White House.
- Five states were added to the Union during Washington's presidency: North Carolina, Rhode Island, Vermont, Kentucky and Tennessee
Five Facts About President Abraham Lincoln
- He was born on February 12th 1809, and died April 15th 1865 at the age of fifty six.
- His vice presidents where Hannibal Hamlin and Andrew Johnson.
- He was the tallest U.S president at 6'4".
- His wife was called Mary Todd Lincoln, who was brought up into a very wealthy family.
- He created a national banking system with the National Banking Act in 1863, resulting in a standardized currency.
What's open and what's closed on Presidents Day, February 18, 2013? Most schools, government offices and buildings are closed and there is no mail delivery on Monday. Because it is a Federal Holiday, most states will have similar closings.
Sources: Lincoln Library, Scholastic