Black History Month Art


One approach to teaching Black History is to highlight famous African Americans. I highlight the author and illustrator, Donald Crews. Mr. Crews has written many age appropriate books: Big Mama’s, Truck, Lights, Carousel, The Shortcut, etc.
Your children can compose a list of similarities and differences in the books such as characters and settings. Children can also recreate illustrations. We recreated the cover from his book Lights, by letting the children cut and paste yellow squares on a black background. We made a carousel by hot gluing four straws around the edge of a paper plate. We glued another palate on top. Then the children choose a paper animal to attach to the straw.


Idea: NOTE: Idea contains nuts

Discuss George Washington Carver for inventing peanut butter. Then take a hard shell peanut. Let the (s) pick out some google eyes to glue on the peanut. Then assist them to poke yarn (color of their choice) on both sides of the peanut for the arms and then on the bottom for the legs. Then poke yarn in the top to make a nutty necklace. We made these last year during our peanut month theme and they were the biggest hit in the school.


You can read Sweet Clara and the Freedom quilt during black history month. The children can each decorate a piece of fabric with fabric paint etc. Older preschoolers can help piece them together to make a class quilt.


Benjamin Banneker invented the Grandfather clock. I teach Pre-K and we use a shoe box wrapped in brown paper and standing tall to make a clock. For the clock face have the students type out the numbers on the computer, print them out, cut out the numbers and glue onto a paper plate. You can use pipe cleaners for the hands. They are very cute. “Payless” will donate shoeboxes.


For Black History month to raise awareness of a multicultural society we asked the children to paint a picture of themselves using realistic colors e.g. shades of browns, pinks etc… We will display these in the hall with a border of hand prints!!


Discuss George Washington Carver for inventing peanut butter. Then take a hard shell peanut. Let the (s) pick out some google eyes to glue on the peanut. Then assist them to poke yarn (color of their choice) on both sides of the peanut for the arms and then on the bottom for the legs. Then poke yarn in the top to make a nutty necklace. We made these last year during our peanut month theme and they were the biggest hit in the school.


First I take out several books on different African Americans inventors. I try to relate each inventor with an art project for young children to better understand their inventions. Example: Garrett Morgan-Make traffic lights with the children…..Jackie Robison-I play baseball in the classroom and children cut out baseballs and bats and color……George Washington carver-Children collage pre-cut peanuts with peanut shells…Children have fun shelling peanuts (sorting shells and peanuts)……Benjamin Banneker…..Children are given circles and they can write numbers on it while looking at a clock….So many things can be done…..look up different inventors and be creative.


 

Share an idea you have used in your classroom or at home that pertains to this theme.