To do: Look at a photo of Mount Rushmore, then draw your own with 4 important people in your life
Time: 15 minutes
Materials: Image of Mt. Rushmore, paper + crayons or colored pencils
In 1920, just shy of 100 years ago, a man named Mr. Robinson decided something had to be done to get more people to visit South Dakota, specifically the Black Hills of South Dakota. A few years later, he contacted a sculptor named Mr. Borglum to help him with his idea.
Together, they finalized a plan to sculpt the faces of 4 presidents who had helped the country grow. They were George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln.
Workers started carving rock out of the mountain in 1927. They completed all four faces in 1941, which means it took them 14 years to complete! But they did it, and now over 2 million people visit Mr. Rushmore each year.
Have a conversation with your child about what you see in the picture of Mt. Rushmore from this National Parks website. Then, try creating your own Mt. Rushmore by drawing 4 important people in your life.
Activity: If you could choose four people to memorialize on a mountainside, who would you choose? In this activity with your family, brainstorm four people who are important to you, and try drawing their faces side by side.
What can your child learn from this drawing? While speaking about specific facial features of your chosen 4, use new language like nostrils, wrinkles or cheekbones to help your child learn new vocabulary.
For older children, speak about color using new descriptors. “Does Dad have sandy brown hair or chocolate brown hair?”
Resource: Visit Rapid City
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