Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month activities for preschoolers through second grade.


We live on a reserve in Canada and when we have a cultural theme we always make our favorite activity. First have children paint the small rototini noodles uncooked, with tempra paint. Have them paint around ten each to make a fair sized necklace. After they dry then the children can string them on yarn and tie it closed and there is your Wampum Beads.


We made some “turquoise” jewelry by painting small chunks of potatoes that I had dried on wooden kabob skewers. They dry faster in a dehydrator. Be sure to leave some brown for veins and you can rub in a little black paint, too. Spray them with some high gloss varnish. String them with jewelry fasteners from a hobby shop. Allot of work, but these are going home for Christmas presents–they look that good.


We made turquoise bracelets out of toilet paper rolls, tin foil, and painted pebbles from the playground. First you cut open the rolls long ways. Then you section off the roll. Each section should be able to go over a child’s arm. Have the children collect rocks and paint them turquoise. Then, they cover their bracelet (section of toilet paper roll) with tin foil and glue on the painted rocks! They turn out so cute and the kids love them!


I teach preschool in Vermont, A few of my favorite activities for Native American themes would begin by having the children paint an old white sheet, handprints etc. We put this on a tee pee frame outside, and strew hay around for them to sit on. We paint on old slate shingles, rumpled paper bags as hides. The favorite is the dream catcher. My whole class goes for a walk at the beginning of the week in search of a grape vine. We pull it out of the trees, and form a circle. During the week at the art center, wood beads are placed into a pie pan with a favorite color of paint and rolled around, feathers are collected and strips of wool or natural colored macramé twine is cut into 24″ strips. At the end of the week, I use the children’s painted beads and string the dream catcher, and the children string a few beads and feathers on the twine, and they add them to the bottom of the dream catcher. Our class dream catcher is about 4′ to 5′ in diameter!! Have fun if you decide to try this one!!!


Talk about how the Native Americans used to tell stories and paint pictures on buffalo hides, then take a brown paper grocery bag and crumple it up. Uncrumble the bag and let the children paint on the wrinkled bag.


Spend the day making Native American crafts and reading Native American Folklore books. Make a Lodge (tee pee) out of PVC pipe and a canvas cloth. If you don’t have any cloth, any cover can be used -eg: parachute from school, a sheet or blanket. Read stories to the children inside the lodge, they love this activity!!!!!


Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month activities for preschoolers through second grade.

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