The internet is fantastic, but sometimes it's best to get back to basics with books. Your kids might know about Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks, but there are many other important people to learn about as well. Head to your local library where your kids can learn about black history leaders, artists, athletes and innovators. Most libraries offer special events during Black History Month with speakers, workshops, films and lectures. Depending on the age of your child, you should be able to find suitable library events.
This February, take a trip to landmarks and attractions celebrating the lives and achievements of African-American leaders. The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta is a great place to start, but there are a number of interesting trip ideas for Black History Month:
Teach your little ones about diversity by cutting out chains of paper dolls and having your kids color them in various shades, or you can create simple puppets out of felt.
George Washington Carver was one of the great black inventors, creating a favorite food of kids across the country — peanut butter. Celebrate Black History Month this February with peanut butter. Head to the kitchen where your kids can help prepare peanut butter cookies, candies and other peanut butter recipes.
While you are cooking and baking, talk about the other important black inventors such as Dr. Patricia E. Bath (Super Soaker water gun), Oscar E. Brown (horseshoes), J.A. Burr (rotary blade lawn mower), Alfred L. Cralle (ice cream scoop), John Lee Love (pencil sharpener), Dr. Charles Richard Drew (blood banking), Isaac Johnson (folding bicycle), Elijah McCoy (lubrication of steam engines, ironing board, tire tread and lawn sprinkler), Garrett Morgan (gas mask and traffic signal) and Madame C. J. Walker (hair care products).
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