A President’s Day Craft Log Cabin With A Very Tall Abraham Lincoln – A Kid Friendly Thing To Do

This is a fun way to celebrate President’s day. Keep these around all week to celebrate the leadership that has brought this country through so many trials, and into the Free country we are thankful for, today!

Here is a log cabin craft made from a milk carton, graham crackers, and various pretzels. To complete the craft, add a very tall Abraham Lincoln (born in a one room cabin) clothespin figure to stand in front of your cabin.

  • An online coloring page of Abraham Lincoln’s one room cabin, to go with this fun craft is on the link below! Kids can color the cabin, and learn a little bit more about this great president!

To make the gingerbread house:

  • Supplies Needed:
  1. School Cafeteria Milk Carton, or something similar – whipping cream cartons might work
  2. White cake frosting (The containers  in the baking aisle)
  3. powdered sugar
  4. food coloring (optional)
  5. graham crackers
  6. hot glue gun and glue sticks
  7. plate to put the house on (Styrofoam or plastic works best
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  • Assembling the Gingerbread House
  1. Take a clean and dry milk carton ( I put mine on the top shelf of the dishwasher to clean them)
  2. Hot glue graham crackers to the sides of your carton
  3. Hot glue graham crackers to the roof .  Don’t get too picky here.  The frosting will cover any of the carton showing through.
  4. Hot glue the graham cracker house to the plate.  Place it in the back, leaving room for a front sidewalk.
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  5. One more tip.  When trying to get those triangle cuts for the side of the roof, take a square and USE A SAWING MOTION on the graham cracker, at an angle (so you are getting two triangles from one square!).  Press down VERY LIGHTLY, and pretend you are sawing a piece of wood with your butter knife.  I don’t know how many I broke pushing down, trying to slice the square into two triangles.
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  • Frosting 101
  1. I use the tall extra large carton of frosting.  Only because I have 4 kids to cover.
  2. I add about 1 cup of powdered sugar to the frosting to thicken it.  This keeps the pretzels from sliding off the roof and walls.  It also dried nice and hard.

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  • Decorating!
  1. I found it is best to get the divider trays for each kid, and portion the frosting, and decorations out before they sit down to their house.  Less fighting that way!
  2. For the log cabin, we used various pretzels of all sizes! We used the rods, and sticks. We used crackers for doors and windows. We used wheat sticks for fences. We used rods for a pile of logs outside of the cabin. We used combo pretzels for the chimney, and the tree trunk.
  3. For the green part of the  tree – we dipped a marshmallow in water, and rolled it in green sugar!
  4. Now, let them get creative!  Spread frosting all over the walls and roof to make the pretzels stick. Use frosting in-between the pretzels to resemble chinking.  The second picture below was my four year old’s version of a log cabin. Even preschoolers enjoy this!

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Your Abraham Lincoln!

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You’ll need:

  • A Clothespin with legs!
  • A Black Marker
  • White & Black Puffy Paint
  • A Black Chenille Bendy

Instructions:

Color the legs on the clothespin black, and color in the top to resemble a button down suit. Add buttons with your puffy paint. Use your puffy paint to make a face and beard. Use the white puffy paint to color in a white shirt, and add a black bow-tie with the black puffy paint.

Cut your chenille strip in half, and wrap it around a pencil to get your tall hat! For the brim, Add a larger round loop to the bottom of your tall hat.

Here is the coloring page link, I promised!
go to http://www.apples4theteacher.com/coloring-pages/presidents-day/lincoln-abraham/lincolns-birthplace.html


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