Happy Black History Month! I know I’m late but it’s still February. I really think Black History Month should be a year-round initiative but this is the time where schools and businesses take the time to spotlight American Black History. I’m not going to leave it up to the school to teach my daughter about Black History. It’s my job to share with her the significant contributions that black people have made to our country. I’ve pulled together a few kid-friendly ways you can celebrate Black History Month (year) with your kids.
- Visit @Coilyandcute Instagram. She’s sharing some cute illustrations and facts about Black History pioneers. Both Peyton and I have learned a lot from her feed. I’m hoping that she offers prints soon.
- Check out American Girls newest BeForever Doll Melody. Raised in Detriot in the 1960’s, Melody uses her voice to spread hope and love during the civil rights era.
- Color. Color with the kids with this Black Heritage Coloring Book. I found this coloring book online and can’t wait to get it to color and share with Peyton.
- Wear your pride. I love this “Woke” sweatshirt from Frobabies.
- Watch Polly with family. Polly is about an orphan who moves to the segregated south and how she dealt with the conflicts that came her way. I came across it again when I was looking for something that Peyton could watch.
- Black History flashcards. I recently came across ABC Me Flashcards on Instagram. For each letter of the alphabet, an important Black History fact is shared.
- Support a cause together. Kids are listening and watching so we need to lead by example. Check out Frobabies for more shirts down for the cause.
- Reading. I was recently cruising Barnes and Noble and saw they had a small Black History section of books. Amazon is also a great place to find Black History books for kids.
With the current state of affairs, celebrating Black History is more important than ever. My daughters are definitely growing up living the American dream. I still want them to understand where our people came from and how hard we fought to get to where we are now and where we still need to go.
I hope sharing my ideas will help you to celebrate Black History Month with your family and beyond. If you’re looking for a place to visit with the family, Mimi from Unlikely Martha is sharing the top 5 African American / Black History museums HERE.