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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Abraham Lincoln's Log Cabin

We are celebrating Abraham Lincoln and George Washington this week. We began with Abraham Lincoln today.

I had a picture of Abraham Lincoln up and I asked the children if anyone knew who he was. One little girl said, "He's money." I was a bit impressed. When I told them his name one little boy said, "Oh yeah, I knew that."

We talked about who he was then I had a book about him we went through quickly. I didn't actually read everything, mostly we discussed the pictures on the pages. We don't have many books about the presidents. Our book was," A Picture Book of Abraham Lincoln," by David A. Adler, illustrated by John & Alexandra Wallner. I will have to keep an eye out for some.

The next part was the best for them, I brought out some money. First the $5.00 bill. I didn't have one for everyone individually, but they all got to take a gander. Next, I gave them all a penny to look at, hold, and feel.

Way back when I was in college we learned that if you look at the Lincoln Memorial on the back of a penny, you can see Abraham Lincoln sitting inside. We actually did this project and he was there. Today I had shiny new pennies for the children, we had our magnifying glasses, but I couldn't find Lincoln in the memorial. Maybe they don't put him in anymore? We did get to see him in the memorial on the $5.00 bill.

Our craft today was a log cabin made with popsicle sticks. To make the craft you need:
construction paper
popsicle sticks
roof, window, & door shapes
1 penny for each child

First put the glue on the paper in a "squarish" shape. If you don't mind too much glue you can let the children put the glue down. Allow the children to cover all the glue with popsicle sticks to make the shape of a house.

After the house is made let the children add the roof, door, and window.

Finally, give them a penny and let them glue Mr. Lincoln in the window. (They love that they get to take a penny home.

Over at Creative and Curious Kids they have some pretty great log cabins too. Happy building!

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Jen said...

Your cabins turned out great!


Karen_thrifty said...

Oh my goodness. I made these a few years ago with my preschoolers. Cute!

Kasey said...

I am planning on making these with my class too! Love the idea! One thing I am adding before the art part of the project is a science experiment...We are going to clean old dirty pennies and make them brand new looking and shiny. All you need is 1/4 cup of white vinegar, 1 teaspoon of salt, a clear shallow bowl, and something to stir with. Drop the dirty pennies in the mixture and stir for a minute or two...and its like magic! The children are amazed!

Susan Graham said...

Pretty good post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed reading your blog posts. Any way I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you post again soon.

reclaimed wood furniture said...

Ah! I bought the exact same shelves from Target and had the EXACT same problem! I actually tore up my receipt from Target, rolled it into a few small balls and shoved it in the holes on the back of the shelf. Worked like a charm. Great minds.... :)

Susan Graham