Affordable Ways to Teach Kids About US Presidents

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Posted on 02/15/2013

One of George Washington's favorite foods was ice cream and before Jimmy Carter became President he was a peanut farmer. With Washington's birthday and President's Day falling on February 18, it's a great time to teach kids about the US Presidents and these affordable tips should help.


Free Presidential Flashcards
Introduce your little ones to basic American history with the help of free printable President Flashcards, available at thehomeschoolzone.com. Each card includes the president's name, number and term in office.

Learn About a Typical Day
Encourage kids to wonder what it would be like to be President of the United States. Visit Kids.NationalGeographic.com and have them answer a series of silly questions. Then they can read to hear about what a day as in the White House would be like for them.

Clean Some Change
Money is a great tool for teaching about the Presidents since our leaders' faces are all over it. Combine science with history by using household items to polish pennies. Salt and lemon juice will make the pennies shine like new.

Free Government Resources
Teachers and parents looking for free resources to teach kids about US Presidents can simply head to free.ed.gov. There you'll find lessons, primary documents, and artifacts for teaching about some of the most notable leaders including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln.

Encyclopedia Britannica Kids App
Take kids on a meet and greet of the 44 US Presidents with the help of the Encyclopedia Britannica Kids US Presidents app, $1.99. The app profiles each president, including President Barack Obama. The app even teaches users the music and lyrics to "Hail to the Chief." They'll also be quizzed on their knowledge.

By Alison Storm

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