Are you looking for Black History Month activities for kids, preschoolers, and toddlers? These Black History Month activities are PERFECT for ANY time of year!!
These crafts and activities celebrate Black history and Black joy – perfect for February and all year long!
Crafts and Snacks for Black History Month for Kids
1. Try this traffic light craft and learn about Garrett Morgan, the inventor of the traffic light. (Learn more about this activity from Karimah @craftingafunlife here.)
2. Keep celebrating Garrett Morgan with this fun traffic light snack! (Idea from Liz @Kneadtocreate)
Books for Black History Month for Kids
3. Read Mae Among the Stars and build a rocket ship with tin foil and a paper towel tube. (Learn more about this activity from Happy Toddler Playtime here.)
4. Celebrate Kamala Harris with Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea! Create a play invitation for kids to design their own playground with blocks or magnetic tiles. (Learn more about this activity from @sensoreadplay here.)
5. Read books that celebrate dreaming big, speaking up, and Black excellence!
Here are 6 of our favorites!
Art Projects for Black History Month for Kids
6. Create a Black History Quilt! Have children choose biographies to read, then invite them to draw pictures based on a scene from the life of each figure. Attach the squares together to create the paper quilt!
7. Build a Black History Mini Book – build a mini book featuring amazing Black leaders from American history.
8. Read The Doctor with an Eye for Eyes: The Story of Dr. Patricia Bath and create an eye ball craft!
9. Learn about George Washington Carver, and make homemade peanut butter.
4 cups peanuts
1/3 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sugar
1. Place shelled peanuts into the food processor.
2. Measure and pour vegetable oil into the food processor.
3. Add three pinches of salt.
4. Turn the food processor on and blend ingredients. Stop occasionally and scrape the sides. If the peanut butter still looks too hard, add small amounts of oil at a time until it smooths.
5. Spread on crackers and enjoy!
Local Events for Black History Month for Kids
10. Support local events in your community
Check the local library, children’s museum, park district, and community centers – you will find lots of options for free or affordable events. Find Black-led events and show your support – our actions speak louder than our words!