Free Printables and Resources About Washington, D.C.

January 18, 2021

Jeannette Tuionetoa

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Aren’t you curious about Washington, D.C.????? How did it get its name, and why isn’t it a state? These free printables and resources about Washington, D.C., will help your homeschoolers learn all about the nation’s capital.

Free Printables and Resources About Washington, D.C. text with image of national monument

Is it just me or does the idea of Washington, D.C., intrigue people? I really enjoyed learning about Washington, D.C., right alongside my kids.

Learning the history of the nation’s capital was my favorite personally because I had no idea or maybe I didn’t remember.

It wasn’t the first try at a nation’s capital. Congress had much trouble trying to agree on a location for the capital. In the 1700s, the U.S. government started in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, then moved to New York City, New York, then on to Princeton, New Jersey, then finally Washington, D.C., in 1800.

Washington, D.C., isn’t a state, but Maryland and Virginia both gave up some land along the Potomac River in order to place the new capital of the United States of America.

And . . . of course, I didn’t know why it was called Washington, D.C., before teaching it to my children. I am not ashamed. I have learned so much right with my kids.

Congress named the capital area the District of Columbia in honor of Christopher Columbus. Many people called it Washington in honor of George Washington, the first president. So now, the area is called Washington, District of Columbia (D.C.).

Because Washington, D.C., isn’t a state, it does not have voting members in Congress, but the people still elect their own mayor. Many would love for Washington, D.C., to become a state to have voting representatives in Congress.

I mean, more people live in D.C. than live in Vermont or Wyoming. Just last year in June 2020, for the first time in U.S. history, a chamber of the United States Congress voted 232-180 in favor of giving Washington, D.C., statehood. There are a few more steps to go, and many arguments for and against statehood, but it will be interesting how soon that may or may not happen.

Besides the rich history of Washington, D.C., there are so many cool facts kids (and you) can learn about.

Here are our favorite facts all about Washington, D.C., that we learned from our unit study:

1. George Washington never lived in the White House.

The build was complete for the next president John Adams.

2. Drain the swamp?

Well, that is actually a true statement. The national monuments of Washington, D.C., are in an area that used to be marshland and swamp. As a matter of fact, two different presidents had pet alligators at the White House – Herbert Hoover and John Quincy Adams.

3. The Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., is made up of 19 different museums and the National Zoo.

4. There are 170 country embassies and international cultural centers in D.C. which are considered “foreign soil.” So technically, you can visit 170+ different countries right from Washington, D.C.

5. This is the coolest. Washington, D.C., has miles and miles of secret tunnels and trains. This is called the Senate Subway, which can be used by senators and members of the House to travel between their offices and the Capitol Building.

Explore these free printables and resources about Washington, D.C.:

A Fun Washington, D.C., Unit Study For Kids | Homeschool and Humor

Washington, D.C., Pictures and Facts | National Geographic Kids

The History of Washington, D.C. | Kids Discover Online

Washington, D.C., Fun Facts for Kids | Washington DC

D.C. Facts, Worksheets, Etymology & History | KidsKonnect

Washington, D.C., Facts for Kids | Kids encyclopedia facts

All About Washington, D.C. (FREE Resources) | TheHomeSchoolMom

Washington, D.C., Coloring Pages | Free Coloring Pages

FREE Worksheets Washington, D.C., Symbols |

Learning All About Washington, D.C. | Unremarkable Files

Washington, D.C., Resources for Homeschool or Travel (Unit Studies, FREE Printables, and More)  | Ben and Me

Where is Washington, D.C.? | TripSavvy

Washington, District of Columbia, Map/Quiz FREE Printout | Enchanted Learning

All About Washington, District of Columbia | Awesome America

Information Page Washington, D.C. |

Nation’s Capital Washington, D.C., FREEBIE | PittWillow Designs

10 Fun Facts About Washington, D.C., for Kids | Multicultural Kids Blogs

FREE Washington, D.C., Printable Worksheet | Kids Academy

Washington D.C. famous landmarks resources:

FREE Washington Monument Notebooking Page | Homeschool Helper Online

12 Washington Monument Facts That Will Surprise You | Silver Sightseer

The Washington Monument for Kids – Short History Lesson (VIDEO) | Creative Cricket

Korean War Memorial FREE Notebooking Page | Homeschool Helper Online

World War II Memorial FREE Notebooking Page | Homeschool Helper Online

The Lincoln Memorial Facts & FREE Worksheets | KidsKonnect

Virtual Tour – Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History |

FREE Printable White House Coloring Pages | Coloring Goo

Draw the U.S. Capitol Building Activity | Art Projects for Kids

Virtual tours, videos, and app about Washington, D.C.:

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Capitol for Children | Social Studies for Kids Academy

United States Geography for Kids: District of Columbia | Ducksters

Explore Washington, D.C., From Home With This Free, Smithsonian Scholar-Led Tour | SmithsonianMag

All About Washington, D.C., For Kids | Colleen C

Washington, D.C., (Grades K-5) Virtual Tour | Virtual Field Trips

The Interactive Virtual Tour of Washington, D.C. | America’s HomePage

App Went FREE: Washington, D.C., by Kids Discover | iGameMom

All About Washington, D.C., and Resources | The Homeschool Mom

Study and learn about U.S. Presidents who live or have lived in the White House – Washington, D.C.:

U.S. President’s Tot & PreK-K Pack | In All You Do

U.S. Presidents Tot & Pre-K Pack text with image examples of printable worksheets

Presidents FREE Book List

various children\'s books about U.S. presidents

FREE President Flashcards | One Beautiful Home

American Presidents Notebooking (FREE Resource) | Homeschool Helper Online

FREE Presidents’ Activities | School is a Happy Place

President Quotes FREE Copywork | Walking By the Way

U.S. Presidents for Kids FREE Printable Book | 123 Homeschool 4 Me

WHITE HOUSE Washington, D.C., President Study Guide FREE | Gold Mine of Ideas

Study about the United States Government that is housed in Washington, D.C.:

FREE Resources for Studying the Branches of Government

Free Resources for Studying the Branches of Government text with background image of a national monument

U.S. Government Vocabulary Copywork

FREE Resources to Learn About the U.S. Government

Learn about the Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, and Bill of Rights that are all located at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.:

Resources to Celebrate Constitution Day

Resources to Celebrate Constitution Day

FREE U.S. Constitution Vocabulary Copywork

FREE Declaration of Independence Copywork

FREE Printable of The Declaration of Independence | The Peaceful Haven

Government and Current Events FREE Lessons from The Bill of Rights Institute | How to Homeschool for Free

FREE Printable Bill of Rights Matching Game | Layers of Learning

Books to check out of your local library and free book resources about Washington, D.C.:

31 Washington, D.C., Books For Kids To Add To Your Shelf | DC Travel Mag

Reading Street First Grade Word Cards FREEBIE “A Trip to Washington, D.C.” | Look Who’s in First Grade

A Trip to Washington, D.C., Test FREEBIE | Nicola Goosen

With this new presidential term coming up in the United States of America, it makes a great time for your kids to learn where all the government decisions come from.

While you are at it, take some time to pray for Washington, D.C., and the government throughout your lessons to get your kids in the habit of praying for those in authority.

Free Printables and Resources About Washington, D.C. text with background image of national monument

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