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Presidents of the past crafts

During this month remember the Presidents of the past....use these simple crafts to open the door for a little history lesson  with the children.

Port Discovery Celebrates President's Day : Money Rubbing

To enjoy the day off bring the kiddos to Port Discovery for money rubbing with coins craft from 1p.m. - 3 p.m  or Uncle Pete with kids from 1p.m. - 2 p.m.  Along with this exhibit, enjoy the other permanent and visiting exhibits during your time at Port Discovery.

It's Abe Lincoln...Hands Down

Materials: 9" x 12" black construction paper, scissors, 4" peach construction-paper squares, glue

Have children each trace a hand and arm on black construction paper and cut it out.  Ask each child to cut a peach construction-paper square into a circle and draw a face.  Have children glue the circles to the center of their cutout so the fingers become Lincoln's beard and the top portion becomes his hat.  Have each child cut a rectangle brim for Lincoln's hat from black construction paper and glut it to the top of the circle.   Read a few stories about Honest Abe after the project is finished. 

Cherry Tree Art

Materials: blue construction paper, brown diluted paint, drinking straws, glue, 2" pin tissue-paper squares

Tell children the legend of George Washington chopping down the cherry tree.  After discussion, invite children  to make their own cherry-tree art.  Give each child blue construction paper, a straw, and a spoonful of brown diluted paint in the center of the paper.  Invite each child to blow through the straw, spreading the brown paint create a tree with bare branches.  When dry, ask each child to place the eraser end of a pencil on the center of a pink tissue-paper square and gently twist the pencil, making a cherry blossom.  Have children glue the blossoms to their tree branches.

Cherry Upside - Down Cake

Materials: cupcake liners, paper plates, plastic spoons, canned cherries, whipping cream, crumbled graham crackers

Give each child a cupcake liner, plate, and spoon.  Have each child place a spoonful of cherries into the liner.  Next, have children each add a spoonful of whipping cream.  Invite children to top their desserts off with crumbled graham crackers.  At the same time, invite children to flip their desserts upside down on their plates and lift up the liners.  Bon appetit!

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