Let’s bring a little holiday hoopla into your house! February is a month full of holidays and celebrations. Toddlers and preschoolers love to have special days where they can make art decorations to decorate the kitchen or his room. So, bring out the art box and let’s do a little crafting for several of February’s events. It’s never too early to teach your little ones about holidays and their meanings!
Will winter remain or is spring on its way? Every February 2nd, people gather at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania to see if Phil the groundhog sees its shadow. Your child can make a puppet to replicate this tradition. Draw and cut out a groundhog shape made from brown construction paper. Mount this on a craft stick with tape or glue. Have your youngster push the bottom of the stick through a slit made on the inside bottom of the cup. Show him how to move the stick up and down to make the groundhog appear and disappear.
Abraham Lincoln's Birthday
Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, was born February 12, 1809. Lincoln’s face is on one side of the penny coin. Take a sheet of thin white paper and place it over the coin. Peel the paper off a crayon and use the side to rub over the penny. The image will transfer to the paper.
Every February 14th is Valentine’s Day. The heart is the most popular symbol and the colors red and pink are synonymous of this holiday. Invite your child to make a Valentine’s fan to give as a gift to someone special. Glue a paper doily onto a circle of red construction paper of the same size. Adhere a pink heart in the center. Let your little “cupid” decorate the heart as he wishes. Write, “You’re FANtastic” on the heart with a black marker. Attach the fan to a craft stick with heavy glue or tape.
George Washington, our first President, was born on February 22, 1732. Today, we celebrate his birthday along with all the other Presidents on the third Monday in February. Make a revolutionary hat with your child. Cut three equal rectangles from construction paper. Staple the narrow ends of the strips together to from a triangular-shaped hat. Draw a cherry sprig on the front corner. Tell your child the famous story of the cherry tree and how Washington didn’t tell a lie.
Chinese New Year
The Chinese New Year is celebrated each year and falls between late January to mid February. Make a lantern that is used during this holiday. Fold a sheet of construction paper in half making it into a long rectangle. Draw a line across the cut end. Invite your child to make cuts with a scissors on the fold side up to the line about one-inch apart. Unfold the paper and twist it into a lantern shape. Staple the ends. Cut a strip of paper and attach it to both side of the lantern top for a handle. Make several lanterns in a variety of colors and string them on a rope to decorate your home.
Tania K. Cowling is a former teacher, a published book author and award-winning freelance writer. Cowling is also certified in medical records technology. She has published many articles online and in regional magazines across the country.