Preschool Portrait Project for Lincoln’s Birthday

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Celebrate Lincoln’s Birthday with a portrait project for your preschooler. Introduce President Lincoln to your young learner with picture books, stories and child-friendly articles online.

After a brief historical discussion, show your child pictures of the former president. Ask your child to describe Abraham Lincoln. Talk about what they need to create a portrait of him and how they’ll start the drawing process.

Materials You’ll Need

  • Card stock or construction paper
  • Crayons or markers
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors

How-To Instructions

  1. Start with a geometry lesson. Cut out an oval, a square and other shapes from the cardboard. Give the shapes to your child. Ask them to name the shapes, and then put them on the paper to make a picture of Lincoln. The oval is the face, the square (or a rectangle) can take the place of his hat and the other shapes can add accents.
  2. Your child can trace the shapes.
  3. After drawing the outline, your child can add facial features and other accents.
  4. Bow your child can color in the portrait.
  5. Hang your child’s Lincoln portrait to celebrate this very special day.

Add another level to this project and introduce textures. Instead of crayons or markers, give your child cut felt or fabric shapes to glue onto the paper portrait.



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