Celebrate President’s Day by enjoying your favorite President’s favorite food, learning more about the Presidents,, crafting, and visiting their homes/libraries online. Ready for some great ideas?
God has blessed America with some amazing Presidents since our nation began. President’s Day is a great opportunity to teach our children about these amazing men.
My favorite Presidents are George Washington, Calvin Coolidge, and Ronald Reagan.
I am so inspired by George Washington’s devotion to God, integrity, and love for people. He had so many miraculous escapes in battle. God’s hand was truly on him!
Calvin Coolidge was so responsible and thrifty. He vetoed every spending bill he thought unconstitutional bringing the deficit down to almost zero. He was also a good, decent man respected by all.
Ronald Reagan loved people and had the best sense of humor! He told jokes about communism to communist dictators. How’s that for the power of humor. He was uncompromising and put America first, earning the love of Americans and respect of all other nations.
To celebrate President’s Day, I have 7 suggestions:
- Learn more about the Presidents (resources below)
- Make food your favorite President liked/likes (list below)
- Have a Teddy Bear Tea to celebrate Teddy Roosevelt and find out why the Teddy Bear is named after him
- Build a log cabin out of cinnamon sticks to celebrate Abe Lincoln who was born in a log cabin in Kentucky
- Recreate Mt. Rushmore with modeling clay
- Find out how tall each President was
- Visit their home/museum or Presidential library online
I love to teach my children about the Presidents each year on President’s Day. One way is to research 1 or 2 Presidents each year.
Notebooking pages are a great way to learn more about our Presidents in a fun way!
Simply use books for each President or research them online. These 1 page notebooking pages make it quick and easy to learn about each President.
Don’t Forget the Ladies!
As Abigail Adams said, “Don’t forget the ladies!” And as my grandfather often quoted, “Behind every good man is a woman of excellence.” There are so many fascinating First Ladies to meet from the pages of history! Don’t forget to learn about them, too.
Snack on a President’s Favorite Food
Holidays always seem to involve food, so why not make the meals and snacks meaningful by choosing your favorite President’s favorite food to enjoy.
Here is a list of 45 President’s favorite foods:
- George Washington: Cherries, Hoe Cakes with Honey
- John Adams: Apple Pan Dowdy
- Thomas Jefferson: Virginia Sweet Corn, Macaroni & Cheese
- James Madison: Virginia Ham, Ice Cream
- James Monroe: Chicken Fried with Rice, Spoon Bread
- John Quincy Adams: Fresh Fruit
- Andrew Jackson: Green Beans cooked with Bacon, Braised Wild Duck (or goose), Fried Apple Pies
- Martin Van Buren: Boar’s Head, Oysters
- William Henry Harrison: Apple Cider, Squirrel Stew
- John Tyler: Grateful Pudding (bread pudding)
- James Polk: Corn Pone
- Zachary Taylor: Calas-Tous-Chauds (beignets)
- Millard Filmore: Beef Stew, Fish, Ham with Macaroni, Sweet Breads
- Franklin Pierce: New Hampshire Fried Pies, Fried Clams, Clam Chowder, Apple Pie
- James Buchanan: Cabbage, Moss Rose Cake
- Abraham Lincoln: Bacon, Gingerbread Cookies, Honey
- Andrew Johnson: Sweet Potatoes, Hoppin’ John
- Ulysses Grant: Rice Pudding
- Rutherford Hayes: Cornmeal Pancakes, Angel Cake
- James Garfield: Squirrel Stew
- Chester Arthur: Mutton Chops, Macaroni Pie with Oysters
- Grover Cleveland: Pickled Herring, Corned Beef & Cabbage
- Benjamin Harris: Corn, Presidential Figgy Pudding
- William McKinley: Hot Lobster Salad
- Theodore Roosevelt: Steak and Gravy, Coffee with 7 lumps of sugar,
- William Howard Taft: Steak
- Woodrow Wilson: Chicken Salad, Strawberry Ice Cream
- Warren Harding: Chicken Pot Pie
- Calvin Coolidge: Vermont Country Pickles, Chicken Chow Mein, Cornmeal Muffins, Apple Pie
- Herbert Hoover: Egg Timbales, Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallows
- Franklin D. Roosevelt: Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Lake Superior Whitefish, Scrambled Eggs, Hot Dogs, Fish Chowder, Fruitcake
- Harry S. Truman: Fried Chicken, Steak
- Dwight D. Eisenhower: Beef Stew, Million-Dollar Fudge
- John F. Kennedy: New England Fish Chowder
- Lyndon B. Johnson: Texas Barbeque, Chicken Fried Steak, Grits, Corn Bread, Mexican Food
- Richard M. Nixon: Cottage Cheese with Ketchup
- Gerald Ford: Crab Soup, Freshly-Baked Bread, Pot Roast, Butter Pecan ice Cream
- Jimmy Carter: Cheese Grits
- Ronald Reagan: Jellybeans, Honey-Baked Apples
- George H.W. Bush: Corn Pudding, Pork Rinds
- Bill Clinton: Chicken Enchiladas, Jalapeno Cheeseburgers, Cinnamon Rolls, Pie
- George W. Bush: Huevos Rancheros, Cheeseburger Pizza
- Barack Obama: Nachos
- Donald Trump: Mc Donald’s Fast Food, Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream
NOTE: I got this information on President’s favorite food from 2 articles online:
- Ellen Cranley, “Squirrel Stew, Jelly Beans and Hoe Cakes: Here are all 44 Presidents Favorite Foods” Business Insider website posted on February 12, 2020: https://www.businessinsider.com/presidents-favorite-food-dishes-white-house-2019-5#james-monroe-spoon-bread-5; Accessed 2/11/21.
- Wide Open Eats Staff Writer, “The Favorite Foods of the Presidents from Squirrel Soup to Cottage Cheese” Wide Open Eats posted on January 9, 2019: https://www.wideopeneats.com/every-presidents-favorite-food/ Accessed 2/11/21.
If you like food, you may also enjoy, American History Cookbook. Learn history the fun way–in the kitchen. Pages of information for each epoch of American history along with delicious recipes to delight the whole family!
Have fun celebrating President’s Day! Until next time, Happy Homeschooling!