Kwanzaa Cards
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Kwanzaa Cards

Make and send these attractive cards for Kwanzaa, a relatively new holiday honoring African American families, communities, and cultures.

Designed by Crayola®

Craft Time: 30-60 minutes
 
 
 
 
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Material List

  • Crayola® Scissors
  • Crayola® Glue Sticks
  • Crayola® Gel FX Marker
  • Construction Paper
 

Project Instructions

Step: 1

Fold black construction paper in half to form a card. Decorate the cover and inside with Kwanzaa symbols and sayings, leaving space for a candle pop-up.


Step: 2

Cut a long strip of red paper that fits inside the card. Fold the red paper six times, accordion-style. Draw a candle on the top red panel and on each of the other seven surfaces with washable markers as follows: The first candle lit is black and that candle in turn lights the other three red and three green ones. Glue the red insert to the inside of card.


Tips

Kwanzaa is a seven day holiday primarily celebrated by African Americans. Kwanzaa means first fruits in Kiswahili, a language that many people speak in the eastern part of Africa. It is a time to reflect upon the past year and to celebrate one's African heritage. Kwanzaa is not a religious holiday, but has many symbolic meanings connected with it. Seven is an important number in Kwanzaa celebrations. There are seven symbols and seven principles connected to the seven nights. A candle is lit each night, when one of the symbols and principles are celebrated with family, food, and fun. Find out more about the meanings of the symbols (fruits of harvest, mat, unity cup, candle holder, candles, ears of corn, and gifts) and the principles (unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith). These ideas can be represented in greetings for family and friends.

Use the photo as a guide and follow manufacturer's instructions for all products used.

The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Adult supervision is recommended with all children.