President’s Day Portrait Art Activity for Kids

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Celebrate President’s Day with a historical portrait project. Your creative kiddo can get artsy and paint a picture of their favorite president—present or past. From preschoolers to high schoolers, this art activity is easy, fun and educational for everyone!

Arts and Crafts Materials You’ll Need

  • Poster board paper
  • Markers or crayons
  • Tempera paints
  • Paintbrushes
  • Cardboard or a paper plate

How-To Art-Making Steps

  1. Choose a president. Help your child to research one president. Find pictures of the person from their in-office days. Depending on the time period, these may include either paintings or photos.
  2. Use the markers or crayons to draw a picture of the president onto the poster board paper. Your child can choose to draw the president’s face or a full picture.
  3. Pour the paint onto the cardboard or paper plate, creating small pools. Add an extra art lesson and only use the primary colors (red, yellow and blue) and white. This gives your child the chance to mix their own hues.
  4. Paint the drawing. Your child can also add background elements, such as the White House.
  5. Wait for the painted portrait to completely dry. Display the portrait in a place for everyone in the family to see.


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