Personalized Kwanzaa Placemats
In this activity, you will create a unique Kwanzaa placemat that shows your child’scharacteristics and personality!
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It’s Great to Be Me
- The book "The Sound of Kwanzaa"
- by Dimitria Tokunbo
- Large construction paper
- Smaller construction paper stips in black, green, and red
- Clear contact paper
- Washable markers
- Pictures of Kwanzaa symbols if desired
- Non-toxic glue
Importance of Activity:
- In completing this activity, you and your child will enrich your relationship while working together. By working with your child, engaging them to discuss what choices they are making while doing the activity and in discussing their family traditions, you are enriching their language development and sense of self. This activity is also a great opportunity for your child to practice their fine motor skills.
- Recognize own preferences and family holiday traditions
- Recognize own skills and accomplishments, and takes pleasure in performing them
- Do you know what holiday we will celebrate soon?
- The mkeka is a mat that holds all of our symbols of Kwanzaa. Let’s make our own mkeka with paper.
- Kwanzaa is a celebration of family. Who is in our family?
- Fruits and vegetables are an important part of our Kwanzaa celebration. What is your favorite fruit or vegetable?
- For how many days do we celebrate Kwanzaa?
- Listen to the song, “It’s Great To Be Me,” with the child.
- Read the story, EveryThe Sound of Kwanzaa by Dimitria Tokunbo with the child.
- Place the mat on the playing area and sit with the child.
- Arrange the craft supplies in front of the child.
- Start by rfolding the large construction paper in half.
- Help the child cut slits on the fold, about an inch apart from each other, and ending about an inch from the edge of the paper. Open the paper. Take a strip of the black, green or red paper and pass it under the construction paper and then up through the first slit, down through the second and back up through the third and so on until you reach the other side of the card. Push it up so it sits as close to the top of the red card as it can reach.
- Arrange the rest of the strips of paper across the mat, allowing the child to choose the pattern.
- Ask the child to add any of the Kwanzaa symbols to the mat using pictures, markers or words.
- End the activity by singing the song, “It’s Great To Be Me,” with your child, remembering the uniqueness of your own family holiday traditions.
- Clean up the play area together. Fold the playing mat together and put it away.
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