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Kwanzaa is a holiday that celebrates African-American culture. Kwanzaa lasts for seven days; it starts on December 26th, and ends on New Year's Day. The word "Kwanzaa" means "first fruits" in Swahili. Maulena Karenga, an African-American scholar and activist, founded Kwanzaa in 1966.

Kwanzaa celebrates seven principles ("Nguzo Saba" in Swahili), including:

Honoring the past (especially the history of Africa) and one's ancestors is central to Kwanzaa.

On December 31, a Kwanzaa feast is enjoyed by family and friends. Maulana Karenga designed the feast to include the following:

The following crafts projects use materials found around the house, like grocery bags, cardboard, paper, boxes, string, crayons, paint, glue, etc. See a page about color mixing to see how to combine paint to make all the colors of the rainbow.

Click on any of the crafts to go to the instructions. Have fun!

EAR OF CORN PLACE CARD

place card

Make an ear of corn table place card from construction paper and unpopped popcorn.
KWANZAA PLACE MAT

placemat

Make a woven place mat from construction paper.
STRING OF AFRICAN FLAGS


Make a string of African flags from construction paper and yarn or string for Kwanzaa. When you're done, locate the countries on a map of Africa.
KWANZAA CANDLE CARD


You can make a festive candle card for Kwanzaa.
KWANZAA CANDLES


Make paper Kwanzaa candles that have secret treats inside. You can use these as a table decoration, then give them to children as an after-dinner treat.
AFRICAN COUNTRIES:
A COLORING BOOK TO PRINT



Print a coloring book of African countries for Kwanzaa. When you're done, locate the countries on a map of Africa, then label and color them.
FAMILY TREE CRAFTS

These crafts celebrate and honor your ancestors.

Worksheets to Print
Color words

I Can Color Kwanzaa Words

Color Kwanzaa words, including candle, gift, place mat, fruit, corn, vegetables, Africa, candle holder, family.
Draw Four

Draw Four Kwanzaa Items

Draw four Kwanzaa items. Below each item, write its name.
Match words

Match Kwanzaa Words and Pictures

Match 10 Kwanzaa words to their pictures. The words are corn, cup, candle, fruit, place mat, candle holder, family, gift, Africa, and vegetables. Or go to the answers.
Kwanzaa code

Kwanzaa Alphabet Code

Use the alphabet code to find the Kwanzaa message. Answer: "Kwanzaa means first fruits in Swahili."
Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa:
Printable Read-and-Answer Worksheet

A printable worksheet on Kwanzaa, with a short text, a matching activity, and questions to answer. Or go to the answers.
find related words

Write Eight Kwanzaa Words

Find eight Kwanzaa-related words. Then, for each word, write a sentence containing the word. Sample answers: Candles, corn, straw, place mat, Africa, unity, cup, fruit.
Missing Letters Kwanzaa Words

Missing Letters in Kwanzaa Words

Find the missing lettters in Kwanzaa words, and then color the picture of the word. The words are cup, corn, fruit, candles, Africa, gift, family, place mat, vegetables, and flag.
Kwanzaa Words

Unscramble Kwanzaa Words

Unscramble the Kwanzaa words, and then color the picture of the words. The words are cup, corn, candles, fruit, gift, Africa, family, place mat, vegetables, and flag.
Match syllables

Match the Syllables: Kwanzaa Words

Match two syllables to make 10 Kwanzaa words. The words are Kwanzaa, candle, holder, honor, present, purpose, culture, seven, goblet, winter. Or go to the answers.
Spelling words

Kwanzaa Spelling Word Questions

Use the list of Kwanzaa spelling words to answer simple questions. Words: holiday, Africa, family, candle, cup, first, fruits, vegetables, corn, gift. Or go to the answers.
Alphabetical Order

Put 10 Kwanzaa Words in Alphabetical Order - Worksheet

Put 10 Kwanzaa words in alphabetical order. The words are: family, straw, place mat, Africa, unity, cup, fruit, corn, vegetable, gift. Go to the answers.
Kwanzaa wordsearch

Kwanzaa Wordsearch Puzzle

Find the words in the Kwanzaa wordsearch puzzle, then use the extra letters to find the secret message: "Kwanzaa is fun." Or go to the answers.
kwanzaa

Kwanzaa:
Word Hunt Worksheet

How many words can you make using the letters from "Celebrate Kwanzaa"? Sample answers: cat, neat, zebra, ... Go to worksheet with 30 blanks or a worksheet with 50 blanks.
Picture Prompt

Picture Prompt - Africa

Write a story about the picture showing a child pointing to a map of Africa - for young writers.
Picture Prompt

Picture Prompt - Kwanzaa

Write a story about the Kwanzaa scene - for young writers. The picture shows Kwanzaa symbols, including a unity cup, a candlestick with seven candles, a place mat, corn, assorted fruit, and small gifts.
writing prompt

Write Ten Things About Kwanzaa

A one-page printable worksheet. Write ten things about Kwanzaa (plus one thing you would like to change about it).
Verbal Analogies

Kwanzaa Verbal Analogies
Printable Worksheet

Think about how the first pair of words are related to each other. Then, look at the next word and find the word that is related to it in the same way. Mark the answer. Example: cup --> plate : drink --> dish, eat, pottery, buffet, table. Or go to the answers.
Thank You Note

Write a Thank You Note - for Early Writers

Use this form to write a thank you note and draw a picture for someone special.
Africa: Shape Poem
shape poem

Write a poem about Africa inside the map. Or go to a pdf of the poem worksheet.
Africa: Perimeter Poem
perimeter poem

Write a poem around the perimeter (outer edges) of the map of Africa. Or go to a pdf of the poem worksheet.
Thank You Note

Write a Thank You Note

Use this form to write a thank you note and draw a picture for someone special.

Kwanzaa Books to Print


Kwanzaa I See...
Printable Book

A short book about Kwanzaa to print for early readers, with pages for the student to color and short phrases to copy. The pages are: I see candles, a unity cup, a place mat, corn, fruit, gifts, and Africa.


Kwanzaa I Can...
Printable Book

A short activity book about Kwanzaa to print for early readers, with pages for the student to color and short phrases to copy. The pages are: decorate the Unity Cup, do the fruit maze, color the candles by number, connect the dots to find Africa, match the place mats, and unscramble the words.

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Label the countries of Africa.
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Africa: Label Me! Printout with First Letter Hints

Label the countries and bodies of water of Africa, given the first letter of the places.
Answers


Africa: Outline Map Printout

An outline map of Africa to print.


African Rivers: Outline Map Printout

An outline map of Africa's major rivers to print.


African Rivers Labeled: Outline Map Printout

A labeled outline map of Africa's major rivers to print.
Africa
Africa: Zoom School

Use a pictorial interface to get information on Africa. including maps, quizzes, animals, explorers, and printouts on Africa.

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