Kwanzaa, an African-American celebration, is a non-religious holiday celebrated from December 26th to January 1st. Kwanzaa honors values such as unity, creativity, faith, and self-determination. While creating this Kwanzaa holiday craft, you can discuss these important values with your preschooler, while giving her a unique and colorful Kwanzaa outfit to remember them by.
Materials You Will Need
Oversized long-sleeve t-shirt (red, white, or black)
Red felt square
Black felt square
Green felt square
Permanent fabric glue
How to Make It
Cut out the collar and make a 3″ V-shaped cut in the center of the front collar.
Cut off the sleeve cuffs so they reach the middle of your preschooler’s forearm, creating a three-quarter sleeve.
Cut the felt squares into 2″ squares.
Arrange half of the felt squares around the edge of the V-shaped collar, creating a pattern by alternating colors. Glue into place.
Arrange the remaining felt squares around the sleeve cuffs. Glue into place.
After allowing the outfit to dry overnight, iron it smooth.
Most clothing made with permanent fabric glue must NOT be washed for at least a week.
Preschoolers have short attention spans, so it’s a good idea to do all the cutting before your preschooler sits down to help.
Karenga, Maulana; Kwanzaa: Roots and Branches The Official Kwanzaa Website 2006. Retrieved 28 October 2006.