George Washington – the first presidential super hero.

The key to making any lesson about a historical figure enjoyable is to link the historical figure to something your child already likes. Sometimes this is easy (The Wright brothers link to airplanes) or this can be harder. In this case, I decided to make George Washington a super hero.

To make our George Washington super hero costumes I needed a headband, cotton balls, paper, and yarn. I printed up a picture of George Washington (with the funny hair do).

Step one for a super hero – make a cape. I poked two holes in the paper and threaded yarn through them so we could tie the yarn in front and wear the paper like a cape. Then Nicholas got to color the picture of George Washington (which watching the School House Rock version of the American Revolution/No More Kings). Then he cut them out and glued them on our capes. Our capes were finished.

Step two for a super hero – make a hat. Our hats were headbands covered with cotton balls to mimic the funky wig that George Washington wore. Nicholas had fun making these with hot glue (I supervised). Our hats were finished.

Now that we were dressed, we had to read to find our what George Washington’s super power would be. We spent time reading these short stories about George Washington and then found out what his super power would be…..

George Washington’s super power was cutting trees down. I let Nicholas pick the super power, and this is what he decided.

We had to memorize some facts about George Washington. I chose the easiest facts from this list of facts about George Washington: He was the first President; he was a general in the Army; he never lived in the White House; he was president for 8 years; he had a wife named Martha.

Then we spent our computer time looking at these sites:

George Washington timeline

Presidents’ Secret History (by PBS kids)

It was a fun way to study a historical person.

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  1. I love ideas like these that make important lessons and admirable leaders relevant to young learners. Thanks for the creative insight!

    • I’m glad you like them. It’s fun posting things and fun figuring it out. But most people don’t have the time to do it, so I hope I can help people make learning fun for kids.


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