February 1st kicks off Black History Month for kids, whether you’re learning at home or in the classroom! Wondering what activities you can do for Black History month? I’ve gathered all my favorite Black History Month crafts and science activities in this post for you! We have plenty of resources to explore famous men and women in STEM all year round.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS
WHAT IS BLACK HISTORY MONTH?
Black History Month isn’t just for kids! It’s a beautiful time to celebrate the history and achievements of black Americans through the years.
You can easily celebrate Black History Month in the classroom or at home with your kids by introducing them to incredible African American icons throughout history!
Also, check out our Indigenous Peoples Activities for kids!
Learning about iconic black Americans doesn’t have to be boring! Kids love finding people they can look up to, and there are SO many unique heroes in the black community!
Also, learn about the African-American holiday of Kwanzaa with our Kwanzaa Kinara craft.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH ACTIVITIES PACK
We love to celebrate history with our kids through hands-on learning. Utilize one or all of these STEM activities or Black History Month crafts below (or throughout the year) to help kids learn about these amazing scientists, engineers, and artists!
Grab this done-for-you Black History Month pack:
Explore 10 famous black men and women who have helped shape the history of our country through their words and actions!
You’ll find secret codes, coloring projects, engineering projects, games, and more! This pack can be used for various ages, including 5-10. Whether you read it aloud to a class or allow the kids to read the information on their own is up to you!
- Maya Angelou
- Ruby Bridges
- Mae Jemison
- Barack Obama
- Martin Luther King Jr.
- Garret Morgan
- Mary Jackson
- Elijah McCoy
- Mavis Pusey Project Pack
- Matthew Henson Project Pack
BLACK HISTORY MONTH ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS
Evelyn Boyd Granville was the second African-American woman to receive a Ph.D. in mathematics from an American University. Build a satellite inspired by the achievements of Evelyn Boyd Granville.
Who is Mae Jemison? Mae Jemison is an American engineer, physician, and former NASA astronaut. She became the first black woman to travel into space aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour.
Build your own model of the Apollo Lunar Lander for STEM in honor of renowned African American mathematician Katherine Johnson. Katherine Johnson’s calculations were critical to the success of the Apollo lunar landings.
Famous scientist, Neil deGrasse Tyson is an American astrophysicist, planetary scientist, author, and science communicator. Build your own planetarium and explore the constellations without needing a telescope.
You can also try this watercolor galaxy art activity featuring Tyson as well!
Inspired by inventor and scientist Mary Jackson, students can discover the power of a wind tunnel and the science behind it.
Create a personalized handprint wreath with your kiddos that symbolizes diversity and hope in celebration of Black History Month. An easy Black History Month craft for kids!
Kids will love to paint these fun bright flowers with their own homemade stamps, inspired by artist Alma Thomas.
Thomas was the first African American woman to have a solo exhibition at New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art, and she exhibited her paintings at the White House three times.
Artist, Basquiat painted a lot of self portraits. In both his portraits and self portraits, he explores his identity as a man with African-American lineage.
His paintings were tributes to African-American historical figures, jazz musicians, sports personalities and writers.
This is another fun Basquiat themed art project kids will love!
Lorna Simpson is a significant African-American artist, who lives and works in New York. She has become known for her unique artworks that combine photographs with words.
This bubble wrap printing activity is great for younger kids. Inspired by the colorful abstract art of American painter, Alma Thomas. An artist who loved to smile and to paint with bright colors that made her paintings look happy and vibrant.
Another fun craft inspired by African American artist, Alma Thomas.
Alma Thomas was also known for her patterned abstract style and for her vibrant colors.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH ACTIVITIES PAGE!
Download this free Black History Month ideas page for a quick resource in planning your next lesson. Click here or on the image below.