Kwanzaa Preschool Craft Outfit

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

Step 1:

Cut out the collar and make a 3″ V-shaped cut in the center of the front collar.

Step 2:

Cut off the sleeve cuffs so they reach the middle of your preschooler’s forearm, creating a three-quarter sleeve.

Step 3:

Cut the felt squares into 2″ squares.

Step 4:

Arrange half of the felt squares around the edge of the V-shaped collar, creating a pattern by alternating colors. Glue into place.

Step 5:

Arrange the remaining felt squares around the sleeve cuffs. Glue into place.

Step 6:

After allowing the outfit to dry overnight, iron it smooth.

Important Note:

Most clothing made with permanent fabric glue must NOT be washed for at least a week.

Helpful Hint:

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.