Black History Month celebrates influential Black Americans throughout history who — at risk of their lives — fought for equality and civil rights. This is a history to be celebrated and taught to our children. Whether at school or at home, you can commemorate it with these three crafts.
The Dove of Peace, inspired by: Catholic Icing
The dove is a symbol of equality, love and peace. The Civil Rights Movement and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s message was about loving your brothers and sisters no matter their class or color of their skin. Dr. King said “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.” The dove is a representation of this force, and it’s something we should share with our children.
White paper plate
White construction paper
Markers, orange and brown
Step 1: Trace two ovals on either side of the white paper plate. Make sure the ridges of the plate are part of the oval, as the ridges will act as the dove’s feathers. Cut out these ovals with the scissors. Set aside.
Step 2: Using what’s left of the paper plate, draw a triangle at the bottom of the plate. The base of the triangle should include the ridges of the plate. Cut out and set aside.
Step 3: Draw two circles on the white construction paper, one large, one small. The large circle will be the chest of the dove and the small circle the head.
Step 4: Draw two eyes and a beak on the small circle using the brown marker for the eyes on the orange the beak.
Step 5: At the bottom of the large circle draw the dove’s feet.
Step 6: Glue the small circle to the top of the large circle. Flip over. Glue the two oval paper plate cuttings to the back of the large circle. Glue the point of the triangle to the bottom back of the large circle. Wait and let dry.
Step 7: Flip the dove over. Glue the feathers to the chest of the dove. You can glue feathers to the wings of the dove as well, it’s up to you. Wait and let dry.
The kids have a physical symbol of peace to hang in their bedrooms that will serve as a constant to reminder to do what is right in the face of adversity.
Quote-a-Day, inspired by: Yellow Bliss Road
Large picture frame
Acrylic paint, assorted colors
Construction paper, assorted colors
Step 1: Type up 28 quotes and one question per quote for the month of February said by notable black Americans, including Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman and President Barack Obama.
Step 2: Print these quotes on the construction paper.
Step 3: Cut out the quotes with your scissors and glue them to the lined side of your 28 index cards. Allow to dry.
Step 4: While the cards are drying, paint the clothespins. Set aside and let dry.
Step 5: After the index cards have dried, turn them over and stick the number stickers to the front of the cards, 1-28.
Step 6: Cut four swatches of ribbon that measure the width of the frame.
Step 7: Pin the ribbon to the frame using the tacks.
Step 8: After the clothespins have dried, hang the index cards from the pins on the ribbon.
Voila! For every day of the month, you and your child will discover a new quote and discuss what it means. To mix it up, the cards can include a black history movie to watch or children’s book to read!
The Black History Month Coloring Book
Coloring book templates, available for free here
Step 1: Have your child color in the coloring pages. Print a selection of pages and let them choose which they want to color.
Step 2: After your child has colored in the pages, take them all up together and insert them into the three-hole punch.
Step 3: After three-hole punching the pages, cut a line a yarn to go through the pages. Tie the ends of the yarn in a knot.
And just like that, your child has a finished coloring book filled with history and their artistry to put on their bookshelf.
Celebrating Black History Month and teaching your children about the Civil Rights Movement and the figures that founded it is a necessary life lesson. Doing it as part of your holiday crafts set up makes it something to look forward to.
This post was provided by our contributing writer.