Engaging Children In Black History Month
How to get kids interested in African American history
It’s important for children to understand the history of African Americans, no matter the skin color. It allows them to gain a better understanding of themselves and other people. Given the deep context behind Black History Month, it can be difficult trying to engage your child in what can be a complex, and at times, tough, but rewarding moment in history. However, it’s necessary and there are plenty of ways for kids to learn about the past while having fun in the process. Check out these seven fun activities:
Read. Books and poetry are a great way to tap into history. There are pieces of literature out there appropriate for all ages. Just check your library or local bookstores.
Eat. Food is good to the soul, especially when it’s a nice serving of sweet-potato biscuits. Get your little ones in the kitchen, preparing dishes that are true to African American heritage.
Grow a family tree. Kids love projects. Together, you can research your own family’s history. You’ll be surprised by how much your kids will enjoy sifting through old photos.
Take a trip. Visiting historical places, such as museums and monuments linked to periods in black history can provide a rewarding experience for children.
Music. Take a break from the reading and research and get up and dance! Introduce your kids to music genres that have deep roots in African American history and culture, such as jazz and the blues.
Games. Put down the video games and play Mancala, the African counting game. To make the game board, use a large egg carton (cut off the lid) and tape an extra cup (cut from another carton) to each end.
Sing-a-long. “This Little Light of Mine” and “Oh, Freedom” are both great songs depicting the civil rights movement.