“A primary object…should be the education of our youth in the science of government. In a republic, what species of knowledge can be equally important? And what duty more pressing than communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the country?”

-George Washington, 1796

Declaration Committee

Activities For The Entire Family To Share And Enjoy

  1. Pick your favorite Founding Father. Find a picture of him, and create a giant cut-out character that looks just like him. Find your favorite quote by the character and write that quote in a speech bubble. There are lots of websites where you can find quotes of almost any historical figure, but ask your parents first before you use the internet.

  2. Pick your favorite Founding Father quote, and write/illustrate your own fable. You can write it as a poem or a regular story, but make sure to color beautiful illustrations.

  3. Let everyone in your house pick their favorite Founding Father. Everyone dresses up as their character, then have a special dinner and meeting of your historical figures. Learn as much as you can about your character so that you can say the things he might say, and teach your other family members about his personality and accomplishments. Research the type of food they might have eaten during the late 1700’s and see how closely you can re-create one of their meals.

  4. Watch the news and read newspapers and magazines and see if you can find any examples of current events that remind you of one of the stories in Founders’ Fables. You can even keep a little notebook with newspaper clippings and examples from tv news stories.

  5. Write sequels to the stories in Founders’ Fables. Tell everyone what you think might happen next in the story.

  6. Look for pictures of the Founding Fathers in everyday life. For example, can you find any familiar faces on US coins and dollars?

  7. You can have a 4th of July celebration with a Founders’ parade. Ask your friends to decorate their bikes and wagons, and have a parade with lots of patriotic music. Let people dress up as Founding Fathers along the parade route, and let them tell your neighbors all about their life and beliefs.

  8. Have a Founding Fathers Scavenger Hunt. Using your library or internet (with your parents’ permission), see who can find the first ten facts about or quotes from your favorite founder.

  9. Pick a Founding Father. Write his name down. See how many different words you can make with the letters in his name.

  10. List ten reasons why you love America. Now list ten ways you would like to make it even better.

  11. Pick two Founding Fathers and compare them. How are they alike? How are they different? Which one would you most like to have come to your house and eat dinner with you?

  12. Read a little bit of the Constitution every day. Talk about it with your family. Then when you hear that laws are being created or cases are being heard by the Supreme Court, discuss how the Constitution would apply to each case. You can find copies of the Constitution and other historical documents at The National Archives.
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