These Kwanzaa playdough activities are a great way to help your kids develop their fine motor skills and learn about the holiday. My kids love playing with playdough so I thought this would be perfect for them. They had a lot of fun and I’m sure your kids will too!
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Supplies for Kwanzaa Playdough Activities
- White cardstock
- Africa cookie cutter
- Kwanzaa wooden plaque (purchased mine from Joann craft store)
- Wood doll heads
- Hot glue gun
- African fabric
- Kwanzaa items (mini gift boxes, drum, unity cup, etc)
- Happy Kwanzaa print
- Joyous Kwanzaa print
- Thermal laminator machine (optional)
Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any Kwanzaa stamps online or in stores so I had to create them. I purchased the Kwanzaa wooden plaques at Joann craft store as well as the doll heads. The fabric was purchased from Michael’s craft store during Black History Month. I used a hot glue gun to attach the fabric and doll head to the wooden plaques.
Print the two Kwanzaa playdough mats onto cardstock then laminate. You can use a thermal laminating machine or visit your local copy and print shop. Set the mat out with playdough, Africa cookie cutter and DIY stamps then invite your children to complete the designs or create cool Kwanzaa prints.
My boys had a wonderful time creating prints with the DIY Kwanzaa stamps. They also enjoyed using the Africa cookie cutter as well as creating shapes to match the Kwanzaa playdough mats. My 3-year old worked on counting and color recognition. This was a fun way to celebrate the holiday especially with smaller children. We also talked about the principles of Kwanzaa and how we can apply them all year long.
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