5 Free Crafts for Black History Month

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Are you looking for a fun and creative way to teach Black History Month? I love to do crafts with young students, since it is a physical representation of what children are learning.

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Here are 5 Free Crafts for Black History Month:

Materials Needed:

Cardstock

Scissors

Tissue Paper

Markers

Watercolor Paint

Crayons

Black History Month Activities:

1. Jackie Robinson's Bat

After reading a book about Jackie Robinson, make a bat. All you must do is print out the bat and cut it out. Then have students color it brown, use watercolors, or copy on brown cardstock and cut it out.

2. Ruby Bridges Schoolhouse

Ruby Bridges was a little girl who helped to integrate schools. After learning about her, students can create their own schoolhouse.

 

 

 

3.  Rosa Park’s Bus

Rosa Parks helped to protest segregation on buses. Use the school bus template to have children make their own bus.

Related: 5 Tips to Teach Black History Month

4.  Garret Morgan’s Stoplight

Use tissue paper or cut up construction paper to make a stoplight. This is a great time to talk about street safety and what the colors of the lights mean.

5.  George Washington Carver’s Peanut

Use brown tissue paper, crayons, or markers to make a peanut for Dr. George Washington Carver. Children can also list things that are made from peanuts that they use everyday.

CLICK HERE to download all the crafts.

Hopefully these crafts will make it fun and easy to teach Black History Month.

What else do you plan on doing for Black History Month? Leave a comment below.

8 FREE Activities to Teach Your Children the Continents

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So remember when I said that learning the continents is a basic skill every child should know? So I found five free activities that will make learning the continents super simple and fun. Also these are multi-age activities so all your children will be able to join the fun.

Activity Goals:

  • Name all 7 continents
  • Identify the continent you live on
  • Locate the continents on a map by memory

Before I begin any activity or lesson, I always introduce the concept through a book, video, or question. This helps my children become more engaged and excited to learn later.

Here are a few books to help introduce the continents to your children.

 

After reading a book, use a globe to locate the continents. We have 2 globes in our home, I really like this globe below.

Now for the fun part. Choose a few activities to complete with your children. Remember when learning you should always go back and review to make sure yor children retain the information.

Here are the free activities:

7 Continents of the World Matching Activity/ Totschooling

 

Free Continent Cards/Mama's Learning Corner

Use the continent cards above to make playdough Continents like this idea below

Continent Printables/Itsy Bitsy Fun

For your elementary age children, these printables from Itsy Bitsy Fun are great review and practice.

Continents Book/123 Homeschool 4 Me

 

Continents Fact File/Homeschool Creations

Outdoor Continents Hop/ Life With Moore Babies

This activity takes a lot of chalk but will be fun on a spring day.

Continent Puzzles/Books and Giggles

So how are you teaching your child the continents? Let me know in the comments below.

5 Geography Skills Every Child Should Know

Geography is a skill that is almost nonexistent in today’s public schools. Due to the focus on reading and math, social studies is often overlooked. This is why it is important to teach your child geography. Even if you don’t have a lot of time, there are a few important geography skills every child should know:

1.     Continents- Uh, this is basic, right? All children should know that there are 7 continents, and their names. There are so many poems online and videos that can help your child learn them. I really like this cute video here.

2.     Oceans- Very easy to teach after children learn the continents. A child should also know what an ocean is, as well as types of animals that live in the ocean. This would be great to do as a sensory activity. We have this ocean animal set that makes its way into the bath tub from time to time. Or you can use it at your water table. For older (elementary) children, they can “research” the different animals and draw a picture of them.

3.     Neighboring Countries- A child should know the country they live (i.e. the United States), and the countries that border it (Canada and Mexico). Children should be able to point out the countries on a globe. We actually have 2 globes in our home, that our children use almost on a daily basis. They get excited about pointing out places they have heard about, “Did you know Madagascar is a real place?” Yes, honey, I knew. Then it sparks them into learning more about Africa.

4.     Directions- do you remember Never Eat Shredded Wheat? That was the simple way we learned North, East, South, and West. Bonus points for those moms who get their child a compass so they can actually follow directions! If you are feeling super skilled, your child can even make a compass like the one shown here.

 

5.     50 States- Again, with the songs! Songs are a great way to memorize facts, and you can choose the state song that you like. One activity that I do with my children is to build their 50 state puzzle first, and then sing the state song. As we are singing, I will point out the states. Once they get better, they will be able to point out states on their own. Children should know the state they live in, and the states nearby. I have started my older daughter on learning the state capitals as well. Since she will begin to learn about how the government works, it is good to have the background knowledge about a state capital. P.S. If you are a Canadian friend, teach your child the provinces of Canada.

 

Not only will your child look like a superstar knowing these basic geography skills, you will be giving your child an interest in the world they live in. The reason why you should consider teaching your child geography is that it helps them develop into a global citizen, since they will see the world as a place to explore, and understand that there are more places than the town they live in.

 

What are the ways you teach your child geography? Leave a comment below.