Black History Month For Kindergarten: It’s Black History Month in February! There is no better time to learn about and celebrate African Americans- both present-day and historical. For kids of all ages, we have a month’s worth of engaging and educational Black History Month activities.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH IDEAS FOR KIDS
We have a great list of Black History Month books, activities, and games for you and your children.
Let’s learn about some people you might not know in history. You’ll be amazed at the historical figures these kids will learn about.
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BLACK HISTORY MONTH ACTIVITIES FOR TODDLERS, PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN
1. Play Red Light, Green Light
You might ask what the game Red Light, Green Light has to do with Black History Month, but it all makes complete sense when you meet Garrett Morgan! Garrett Morgan was an African-American inventor who patented the 3-position traffic signal.
2. Play a Game of Telephone
What does a game of telephone have to do with Black History Month…you are catching on, right?! Meet Granville T. Woods. Granville Tailer Woods was the first African American mechanical and electrical engineer after the Civil War. He held over 60 patents in the US many in the area of the telephone. He was best known for a system created for the railroad to alert the engineer as to how close his train was to others.
3. Make a Toilet Paper Train
Let’s meet Elijah McCoy! Elijah McCoy was born in Canada and was known for his 57 US patents which were concentrated on making the steam engine work better. He invented a lubrication system that allowed oil to be distributed evenly around the engine’s moving parts which decreased friction and allowed the engines to run longer, last longer and not overheat. Oh, and he is the one responsible for the common phrase, “The real McCoy”!
Read more about Elijah McCoy in the book, All Aboard!: Elijah McCoy’s Steam Engine which is labeled with a reading age of 5-8. Or read the book, The Real McCoy, the Life of an African-American Inventor which has a reading level of 4-8 years with a Preschool – third grade learning level. Older kids may enjoy the biography, Elijah McCoy.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH ACTIVITIES FOR OLDER KIDS – ELEMENTARY SCHOOL & GRADE SCHOOL
4. Play Chemistry Games
Next let’s meet Percy Lavon Julian. He was an American research chemist that figured out how to synthesize important medicine ingredients from plants. His work completely changed pharmaceuticals and how doctors are able to treat patients.
Read more about Percy Julian in the book, Great Black Heroes: Five Brilliant Scientists which is a level 4 Scholastic reader labeled with a reading age of 4-8 years. Older kids may enjoy another book that features Percy Julian’s story, Black Stars: African American Inventors which is labeled with a reading age above the age of 10 year old.
5. Check Out These Pretend Play Doctor Printables
Then let’s meet Patricia Bath! Dr. Patricia Bath was the first African American to complete a residency in ophthalmology and the first African American female doctor to receive a medical patent! She invented a medical device that helped in the treatment of cataracts.
Read more about Dr. Patricia Bath in the book, The Doctor with an Eye for Eyes: The Story of Dr. Patricia Bath which is labeled as a reading level of 5-10 years and a learning level of grades Kindergarten through 5th grade. For more information, check out the book, Patricia’s Vision: The Doctor Who Saved Sight which has a reading level of 5 years and up and a learning level of Kindergarten through second grade.
MORE BOOKS THAT CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH
We love this list of 15 Children’s Books. via Family Education in addition to the books that we have featured in this article.
We have a list of best books to teach about diversity here at Kids Activities Blog.
Don’t miss these Black History Month Books and Interviews with Their Authors! via Reading Rockets
6. Explore Coretta Scott King Award Winners & Honor Books
The Coretta Scott King awards are given to African American authors and illustrators for “outstandingly inspirational and educational contribution. The books promote understanding and appreciation of the culture of all peoples and their contribution to the realization of the American dream.”
See all the Coretta Scott King Award books here
Read R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul – reading age 4-8 years old, learning level: preschool to grade 3
Read Magnificent Homespun Brown – reading age 6-8 years, learning level: grades 1-7
Read Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks – reading age 6-9 years, learning level: grades 1-4
Read Me & Mama – reading age 4-8 years, learning level: preschool, kindergarten and grades 1-3
28 DAYS OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH CRAFTS FOR KIDS
Have Fun with these 28 Days of Crafts. via Creative Child: <–Click here for all the craft instructions!
Make a stop light craft inspired by Garrett Morgan.
Dream like Martin Luther King Jr.
Make an astronaut craft to be just like Dr. Mae Jemison.
Make an inspirational poster: Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., President Obama and Rita Dove.
Quilt a Black History Month quilt.
Try this colorful MLK activity – part art project, part activity!
Make a Jackie Robinson craft paper craft.
Create posters for African American Inventors.
Read the book, Play, Louis, Play about the childhood of Louis Armstrong & then make jazz art.
Get involved with the Black History Pop-Up book.
Make a square for a freedom quilt.
Craft a dove of peace.
Craft a square of an underground railroad quilt.
Make a Quote of the Day board for inspiration.
Write a Rosa Parks story.
Rocket craft celebrating Mae Jemison.
Read The Story of Ruby Bridges and then create an inspired craft and story.
Make a Black History Month mailbox for historic figures to appear each day!
Create Black History Month inspired art.
Make a peanut craft inspired by George Washington Carver.
Be inspired by Alma Thomas and create Expressionist art.
Make tap shoes in honor of Bill “Bojangle” Robinson.
Make a traffic light snack inspired by Garrett Morgan.
Give Peace a Hand with a crafty idea.
Make a box of crayons craft.
Craft a paper chain.
Learn more about Thurgood Marshall with this foldable learning activity.
Dove of Peace.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH LEARNING RESOURCES FOR KIDS
Check Out These Great Ideas for How to Teach Your Child About Black History Month. via PBS Kids
Amazing Black History Month Lessons and Resources. via National Education Association
Fun and Educational Black History Month Printables! via Education
Play This Find The Inventor Game. via Maryland Families Engage
Check out Netflix’s Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices
Sesame Street teaches about diversity
Books to read
Here a just a few of my favorite books to read! (affiliate)
When Marion Sang by Pam Munoz Ryan
If a Bus Could Talk by Faith Ringgold
The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles
Our Children Can Soar by Michelle Cook
The Writing Station-FREE
I made you all a free mini-unit to celebrate some of these amazing leaders in black history. This is a mini-writing center that is formatted like my other writing station units. You can see my monthly writing stations HERE. You will find the link to this free unit at the end of this blog post.
As we approach Black History Month (and every month thereafter), I think it is important to have conversations with our students about race and bias. However, sometimes it is hard to know what to say or fearing that you will say the wrong thing. So I wanted to share a resource that may help guide you.
WHY CONVERSATIONS ABOUT RACISM BELONG IN THE CLASSROOM
Other center activities for February
Here are a few more activities that work great in February!
Write the room activities
In this activity, students are adding the ending sounds to words. Then they write the word and draw a picture to match.
Students are writing various sight words that are placed around the room. Because the words are editable, it is really easy to adjust this activity to meet student needs. You can find these HERE.
Story sequencing and writing
Students love putting these cards in order. Then they turn their attention to writing their story. They first cut out the black and white versions of the pictures and add them to their book. The word bank really helps to support writers. This could be done as a whole group, then moved into an independent center. You can find these HERE.
Students love the Time Me station! A great way to build fluency! The Dolch words are loaded on the cards already, but because they are editable, I can quickly make a set specific for an individual student or group. EASY! You can find this HERE.
These students are working on counting on! You can find this activity HERE.
Poetry listening station
QR codes have been added to the Poetry Music and Video units so students can easily turn the videos into a sing-a-long!
I also added the QR code to the student version. In this way, students can take their poetry notebook home and practice! Perfect for fluency Friday!
You can find the Music Videos in the following links:
Poetry Music and Video 1st Edition, Poetry Music and Video 2nd Edition, Poetry Music and Video Nursery Rhyme Edition
I hope you have a fantastic week. Don’t forget to scroll to the bottom of this post to grab your FREE file!
What are your favorite Black History Month activities for kids? Let us know in the comments!