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.

5 Tips to Teach Black History Month to Young Children

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February is Black History Month and it can be hard to talk to young children about race. Instead I would focus on achievements of African-Americans and not focus on race or the civil rights movement.

Since young children really have no concept about race, I think it is something to be taught later.  The purpose of Black History Month is to honor the accomplishments and contributions that African-Americans have made to society. Community helpers is a recurring theme in Social Studies, so it is easy to tie in to Black History Month.

Here are 5 tips to teach Black History Month to preschool and kindergarten children:

1.  Read Biographies

There are many child-friendly biographies about African-American heroes. Make sure to preview the book before so that you don’t have to explain any words or concepts that your child is not ready to understand.

Here are a few books that I recommend:

 

2. Complete Crafts

For example, you could make a baseball bat for Jackie Robinson or a school for Ruby Bridges. Black History Crafts are a fun way to create a physical object that represents the person that is being studied.

 

 

 

3.  Black History Month Printables

I have created printables for Black History Month that include coloring pages with short biographies, community helper sheets, and paper toppers that can be used for crafts as well. Go here for a few freebies or purchase the complete set here.

 

Related: 5 Free Crafts for Black History Month

 

4. Introduce a new person each day

Use your Social Studies time to introduce a new person each day. Choose a few people to study during the month. Click the link below to download a list of Famous African-Americans.

Free Printable: 20 Famous African-Americans to Know

5. Talk about the message

The message of Black History Month and all the other history months that celebrate people is to teach diversity. Show children that all people are the same, so everyone should be treated fairly and equally.

I like this cute egg experiment that opens a brown egg and a white egg. Children see that it doesn’t matter about the color of the outside, everyone is the same on the inside.

These are just a few tips to teach Black History Month to young children. How do you teach Black History Month? Leave a comment below.