Circle time Kwanzaa - To introduce the concept of Kwanzaa, I like to teach the children a few simple words from the Swahili language. We use them throughout the week we celebrate the holiday. Hello-jambo karibu-welcome (kah ree boo) rafiki-friend shule-school (shoolay) uzuri-beauty (oo zoo ree watoto-children (wah toe ...
Fruit Salad - For our Kwanzaa celebration we ask each child to contribute one fruit to our snack that day. The teachers bring one, too. Each child helps cut up their fruit and put it in the bowl. This helps to reinforce the 7 kwanzaa principles.Image: Wikimedia.org
Mosiac Kinaras - The students will glue the red, green and black construction paper aquares on the candles on the kinara. The students will use yellow crayons to color the flame. My kindergarten students loved this activity!
Found Treasures - A Special part of Kwanzaa is giving handmade gifts! Make gifts from narural items found in your area. Make a collage, decorate a frame, or box. Use your imagination! Give them to special friends as momentos.
Kwanzaa's Here - Tune: Three Blind Mice Red, green, black Red, green, black Kwanzaa is here Kwanzaa is here The decorations are quite a sight We light a candle every night The holiday is filled with light Kwanzaa is here Kwanzaa is here
Mkeka Mats - The mkeka is a mat, usually made of straw, displayed on the family's table at Kwaanza time. This project is a paper weaving. To prepare the background mat for weaving, fold the paper in half. Next, using a paper cutter, make long, vertical slits starting at the fold of the paper and ending at least ...