Presidential Trivia

Looking for a novel way to get students to remember facts about our favorite presidents? Combine a craft with fact cards. After making the Abe and George containers with a few simple art supplies, print out our fact cards and have kids take turns dropping them in the right slot

Things You'll Need:
Oatmeal can
Construction paper, 2 sheets of each color (light tan, blue, yellow, black)
White foam board
Googly eyes
Ruler
Sharpie
Cotton balls
Hot glue or glue dots
President Clues Template

For George Washington

1 Wrap one sheet of light tan construction paper around a can and secure with glue. Let dry.

2 Cut a 3-pointed hat from blue construction paper. Then, draw and glue yellow "threading" from yellow construction paper to line the top of the hat. Glue the hat to the top of your can.

3 For the beard, glue cotton balls in rows starting from the bottom of the hat and working your way down the sides of the can. Kids can stack as many as they like!

4 Glue googly eyes into place. With a black marker, draw a nose and a mouth. Then, cut rectangular eyebrows from white foam board and glue one above each eye.

5 Cut a ½-inch strip of blue construction paper and glue it along the bottom of the can to create Washington’s shirt. Then, cut a scalloped white collar from white foam board and glue it on to your shirt.

For Abraham Lincoln

1 Wrap one sheet of light tan construction paper around your second can and secure with glue. Let dry.

2 Fashion a stovepipe hat, or top hat, out of black construction paper and glue your hat to the top of the can.

3 Glue wiggly eyes into place and draw a nose and a mouth with marker. Then, cut rectangular eyebrows from white foam board and glue one above each eye.

4 From black construction paper, cut rectangles in various sizes. Glue these pieces onto your can working your way from hat to chin. As you glue, layer each piece to create a textured beard.

5 Measure and cut a ½-inch strip of black paper and glue it along the bottom of the can to create Lincoln’s shirt. Then, cut a small triangle of white foam board to create collar. Complete the look by fashioning a mini-bowtie from black paper and attaching it to the collar.

 

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Photo: Adam Chinitz
Crafts: Sarah Pottieger