5 Activities to Celebrate Black History Month with Your Children

5 Activities to Celebrate Black History Month with Your Children Black History month is an amazing opportunity to remember to teach our children about the incredible contributions, history and accomplishments of African Americans. When it comes to our younger counterparts, it’s best to mix a little fun in with education to really help them absorb these crucial lessons. We have put together 5 activities to help you celebrate this important month!
 

Read a Book

Fill your kid’s library with books that tell the stories of African American history in simple language through a children’s book. For instance, “Her Stories: African American Folktales, Fairy Tales and True Tales” is a collection of folktales which focuses on strong female characters including “Little Girl and Bruh Rabby” or “Catskinella”. Books aimed at your child’s age will help them grasp concepts, history and events that may be more difficult for you to explain easily. Use books as your tool and guide! You can view more books on the Little Proud Kid marketplace to help you celebrate and teach your child the importance of Black History Month.


Visit a Museum

Visit a Museum During Black History MonthSpend a Saturday visiting a museum that celebrates African American culture and history. Below is a photo of Zola, the founder of Little Proud Kid’s daughter, enjoying herself at Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture. This trip can really engage and inspire children since they can see visually see history with displays, photos and interactive exhibits.


Listen to the Blues

Scholastic suggests tracing the blues from “its beginnings in the fields of the South to its global impact on today’s music”. Simply head to YouTube and search some of the greats like Count Basie or Thelonious Monk. Here’s a couple to get you started, a video of Miles Davis’ “So What”. and John Coltrane’s “Blue Train”.


Create a Quiz

Have both you and your child create a quiz for each other with questions related to African-American history and culture. Use this as an opportunity to go over key points you would like to pass on to your child but also allow your child to do their own discoveries and test you; she’ll love any questions she can stump you on and explain the answer to you!  


Have a Poetry Reading

Read “A Pledge to Rescue Our Youth” by Maya Angelou or “I, Too, Sing America” by poet Langston Hughes. While the message might initially be lost on very young children, even toddlers can appreciate the rhythm of words. You can follow up the reading with a couple key points in simple language for their age range. Here’s the famous Langston Hughes poem to get you started:


I, too, sing America.


I am the darker brother.

They send me to eat in the kitchen

When company comes,

But I laugh,

And eat well,

And grow strong.


Tomorrow,

I’ll be at the table

When company comes.

Nobody’ll dare

Say to me,

“Eat in the kitchen,”

Then.


Besides,

They’ll see how beautiful I am

And be ashamed—


I, too, am America.


How do you celebrate Black History Month with your children? Let us know by tweeting us @LittleProudKid, post to our Facebook page or mention us on Instagram! You can also find many other products, books and resources on www.littleproudkid.com to fully embrace Black History Month, both in February and every month!

February 10, 2016 by Georgia Lobban
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