Making crafts is a great way for kids to learn about different holidays including Kwanzaa. This kinara shapes craft is easy to make and perfect for toddlers, preschoolers and older kids. You can teach your little ones about the week-long celebration of African American culture by doing this activity as a family. Also, have a discussion about the seven principles (Nguzo Saba) that each candle represents. You only need a few supplies to make this simple kinara shapes craft. Have a great time celebrating Kwanzaa!
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Supplies for Kinara Shapes Craft
- Cardstock or construction paper (brown, red, black, green and yellow)
- Glue or glue sticks
- Kwanzaa stickers (optional: purchased mine from Michaels)
- First, create the base by cutting the short side of the brown paper to make a large rectangle. Then cut a medium sized triangle from the remaining piece of the brown paper.
- Next, make the candles by cutting 3 small rectangles from red and green paper. Then cut a medium rectangle from black paper.
- Create the candle flames by cutting small circles from the yellow paper.
- Now it’s time to glue the brown rectangle on top of the edge of the brown triangle.
- Glue the candles on the base (brown rectangle) starting with red, black then green. Now it’s time to glue the flames (yellow circles) to the candles.
- Finally, decorate the kinara with Kwanzaa stickers. This step is optional but I already had the stickers and my boys wanted to add them to their kinara.
This Kwanzaa craft is easy for kids to make with some adult supervision. I showed my sons the craft then let them figure out how to put it together on their own. However, this may not work for all children. My boys typically like creative control with their art projects. I enjoyed watching my 3-year-old glue all the pieces together and problem solve whenever he had an issue.
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