This year Presidents’ Day will be celebrated on, February 18th. The origin of this holiday was to celebrate the life and works of George Washington. Originally it was called Washington’s Day and was celebrated on George Washington’s birthday, February 22nd. In 1971, it was changed to Presidents’ Day and the annual date was changed to the third Monday of the month to create more three-day weekends for workers. Presidents’ Day often spotlights two presidents, both born in February—George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.
President’s Day Classroom Project Templates
Besides a much needed three-day weekend, Presidents’ Day is a great time to bring patriotism into the classroom! We have created some downloadable templates to get you started! Here are a few Presidents' Day project ideas:
Add red, white, and blue to the classroom—have the students cut and color the patriotic icons. Presidents' Day crafts are a perfect way to decorate your classroom door or bulletin board.
Use the portraits of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln to add a coloring element to a history lesson.
The American flag templates can be used in multiple ways. For younger children, it can simply be a coloring project that teaches them about the order and number of stripes on the flag. For older students, it’s a creative history lesson—Using a red marker, have them write presidential facts to create the red stripes.
The templates are plentiful and the possibilities are endless! Have a happy Presidents’ Day! To download the templates, click the “download project” link beneath the image on this page.