President’s Day Kids’ Coin Crafts
Put the commanders-in-chief on display in this artsy President’s Day activity! Celebrate historical giants such as Abraham Lincoln and George Washington with a crafty coin creation. How? If you have a penny and a quarter, you’re half way there. Start by showing your child the coins. Ask her to take a good look at them, noting the picture on the front. Talk about the pint-sized portraits on the coins (make sure that your child understands that these are our past presidents). Grab a piece of paper and a few markers or crayons. Cut the paper into a circle and invite your child to draw one of the coins (including the present) with the markers/crayons.
After your child draws her own penny or quarter, take the real deal and try this easy art activity.
- Pennies and quarters
- Thin computer/printer paper
- Unwrapped crayons
- Chalk (in colors)
- Place the cardboard on your work surface. Line the pennies and quarters up to make a pattern, create a design or scatter them randomly. Make sure that they are heads up (so that you can see the presidents’ faces).
- Place the paper on top of the coins.
- Turn the crayon on its long side. Rub the crayon over the paper-covered coins to reveal an image! Your child can also use the chalk to get a slightly different effect.