9 Craft Activities That Teach Preschoolers About Black History and Culture


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February means a return of all the classic Black History Month activities at school, but there’s so much more you can do to teach your kids about our history than a coloring sheet of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. From crafts to recipes, these activities will engage your children and make history come alive.

1. Create a cardboard airplane craft and teach them about Bessie Coleman or the Tuskegee Airmen

2. Follow this tutorial on how to make an astronaut costume for your child.  Then teach them about Guion Bluford, Mae Jemison and other black astronauts.

 

3. Make a fun traffic light craft while introducing your child to Garrett Morgan.  Continue with this lesson by playing Red Light, Green Light.

 

4. Make these spaghetti brooms or this bookmark broom craft.  Then read Jumping the Broom by Sonia W. Black to teach your child about this African American tradition.  When we read this story to our daughter, we also looked through our wedding photos and shared pictures of mommy and daddy jumping the broom.

 

5. Follow this tutorial by making a paper version of Kente Cloth.  Complement this activity by reading Kente Colors by Debbie Chocolate or The Spider Weaver: A Legend Of Kente Cloth by Margaret Musgrove.  In the March 2014 issue of Ladybug magazine, there is a tear out craft for children to make a Kente Cloth picture frame, as well as a short story that gives some cultural context for Kente cloth.  See if your local library subscribes to it or look into ordering a back issue.  For students in grades 3-5 The Brooklyn Children’s Museum has a wonderful list of activities centered around African Textiles.

 

6. George Washington Carver is famous for creating products based off the peanut, but he also researched soybeans, cotton, and sweet potatoes.  Try growing a sweet potato with your child and watch it sprout. Make African Peanut Soup or homemade peanut butter.  While you are participating in these activities, use your five senses and describe the texture of the shelled peanuts or potato skin. Explain that Carver was a scientist and tell them about the observation skills scientist use.


7. Create a DIY stamp while learning about W. B. Purvis who invented and patented improvements to the fountain pen, two machines for making paper bags, a bag fastener, a self-inking hand stamp, and several devices for electric railroads.

8.  Play dress up!  Choose an African American history maker and dress up your child like that person. Need some inspiration? Check out Enuique Jones’s Because of them We Can campaign.  Her youtube page and facebook are filled with images of precious children dressed up as famous and lesser known Black history trail blazers.


9. Be inspired by reading this Essence.com’s slide show of how celebrity moms teach their kids about our history and culture.

Mommies, how to you teach Black history and culture to your children?  Are there other ideas you would add to this list? Please share.

 

Angele

About Angele

Angele is a wife to a wonderful creative husband, mother to two beautiful intelligent daughters and lover of art, education and laughter. She is the creator and author of ABC remix


  • http://www.firstschool.net/ Dorothy Hastings

    Hi Angele,

    You have posted a nice article for pre-schoolers. Nowadays, children love to learn science, but they should be also be aware of our culture and history. So, through this craft idea, we can teach them about it and they will learn it easily. The Charles Drew story was really amazing and all videos are very clear with nice ideas.

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