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7 Black History Month Crafts Your Kids Will Love in February and Beyond

Creatively connect the past to the present with these fun, meaningful projects for Black History Month — or any day of the year.

Deena Campbell · 5 months ago

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2021 is the first time we’re celebrating Black History Month in the midst of a pandemic, but one thing remains the same: Craft projects celebrating Black lives give families an opportunity to express our creativity and have some fun, while honoring African Americans whose achievements have inspired us. 

Whether you have lots of time for a complicated craft or want to keep it simple with a construction paper project, the crafts below help teach that Black history is American history. Really, Black history should be celebrated throughout the entire year, so feel free to try these cool crafts not just in the month of February, but any time you feel inspired — or when your kids find themselves completely and utterly bored (again)

1. Cardboard Tube Legends

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Happy Toddler Playtime

If you’ve never made a craft from a cardboard paper towel tube or an empty toilet paper roll, have you even been a kid? If you’re ready for a cool twist on a classic paper craft, we recommend these adorable MLK, Ruby Bridges and Harriet Tubman characters that are made of construction paper. Add googly eyes for extra giggle factor. For the how-to plus kid-friendly facts about about each of these important figures in Black history, visit Happy Toddler Playtime.

2. Paper People of the World

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Kids who like to cut (or watch you cut) will love this craft. The only materials needed are colored construction paper, scissors, and a pencil if you decide to draw your own figures. If you’re super creative you can freehand cut, or work together to color in details. Best of all, this easy craft is a great jumping-off point for a discussion about how every single person is different, special, and deserving of respect and love.

3. Garrett Morgan Graham Cracker Stoplight

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Moms N Charge

Sweeten the mood with a tasty snack that’s both educational AND delicious. Did you know Garrett Morgan invented the traffic light? Teach your kids about this African-American inventor and community leader by grabbing their favorite graham crackers (cinnamon grahams work too), peanut butter, and M&M’s for a mouthwatering treat. Check out the details at Moms N Charge.

4. Chalk Inspiration Art

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Okay, chalk can be messy, but it’s a great way to improve kids’ fine motor skills while having a little fun. Set up an easel with some construction paper and chalk, draw on the sidewalk, or spread paper on the floor or the kitchen table. Then work together to create your very own inspiring chalk art masterpiece. Draw your favorite people from African American history or from today, write phrases using your favorite colors — and let your creativity shine. Not sure where to start? Think about words that inspire: Hope, change, courage, unity, community. Even the littlest kids can get involved tracing letters and adding colors.

5. Dream Clouds

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Urban Bliss Life

If you’re in search of a craft that encourages little ones to dream big, put this dream cloud activity on your “cool stuff to make” list. This homage to Martin Luther King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech will inspire kids to envision any world they desire. While it may seem like a project for older kids, small ones can get in on the fun by talking about the kind of person they want to be when they grow up. Check out how to create this craft at Urban Bliss Life.

6. "Would You Stay Seated?" Activity

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Emily Education

Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white man on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, and her courage and determination sparked the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 60s. If you were put in that situation, would you do the same thing? This project from Emily Education helps children engage with big questions and big ideas, helping kids imagine what it’s like to be mistreated because of the color of their skin — and what it takes to spark a positive change.

7. Small Hands Change the World

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ABCDee Learning

This meaningful craft project from ABCDee Learning uses your family’s handprints to inspire us all to work so every race and nationality can feel seen and heard. All it takes is some paper, scissors, glue, markers ... and a big dream for a better world.