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Black History Month is celebrated during the month of February! Overall, as a Black creator, I always like to take this time to shine a light on this special month and encourage EVERYONE to take part. Overall, Black History Month is all about acknowledging and celebrating the contributions and impact of Black people and Black culture. For that reason, today, I’ve got some amazing Black History Month ideas for kids! Let’s go!

Of course you’re familiar with Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Of course, you know that Rosa Parks wouldn’t give up her seat on the bus. While these, and other popular Black History facts are incredibly important – there are a LOT more to Black History that we can all learn from. For example, Jesse Owens won FOUR gold medals in track during the 1936 Olympics, but did you know that in one of those races the silver medalist was Matthew Robinson, brother of famed Black baseball player, Jackie Robinson. Did you watch Reading Rainbow as a kid? Of course you did! Surely, we all know and love Levar Burton,. However, did you know that the Reading Rainbow theme song is sung by Chaka Khan!? (i.e., Chaka Khan the musical legend who sings hit songs like “I’m Every Woman” and “I Feel for You”

To put it another way…Black history is your history, no matter what your race. For instance, your refrigerated groceries would probably spoil were it not for Frederick McKinley who invented the refrigerated truck in 1940.

During my younger years, my house was filled with books about Black history and I read a ton about it. While, I do not claim to be an expert by any stretch, I do value the history of my culture and want to share this same value with my kids. Black History Month, is a great reminder to do this. With books, games, activities and more, we can make it fun for kids to engage and learn.

One of my favorite Black History Month ideas for kids is a Black History Month basket for my kids filled with items they’ll love. In my basket, everything is from Target, so it’s easy to find! In addition, I’m listing a TON of books and resources you can order in time to celebrate Black History Month in your home.

Make a Black History Month Box for Kids

Most of the items I used in my Black History Month box is from the Target Bullseye Playground (a.k.a. The Dollar Spot). Since these items aren’t available online, you’ll have to stop into your store for these exact products. Luckily though, I’ve found some similar items you can include:

  1. For starters you’ll need a cute caddy like this – you may already have something similar in your home!
  2. Decorate the bucket with stickers!
  3. Fill with assorted Black History Month items like:
    • Coloring Pages – scroll down for tons!
    • Crayola Colors of the World Set – this is a must have for every kid
    • Books! Include plenty of books – scroll down for lots of fiction, nonfiction and more!
    • BHM tees – like this one designed by Sopuruchi Ndubuisi of Fisk University.

Black History Month Books and Activities for Kids

Undeniably, books are one of the simpliest Black History Month ideas for kids. Below I’ve listed books that are great for celebrating and acknowledging Black History Month. Some books are specifically about historical events and people. Additionally, some books feature Black characters or are written by Black authors and illustrators. Lastly, I’ve added some games and activities just for fun! Together with my recommendations, I hope you’ll comment with your own recommendations for books and resources that will help us all bring Black History to life.

Books about Influential Black People & Events

Black History Month Ideas for Kids: Picture Books

Books for Older Kiddos

Black History Ideas for Kids: Just for Fun!

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5 thoughts on “50+ Amazing Black History Month Ideas for Kids

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