Kwanzaa is a celebration of principles and African heritage. Sometimes it's hard to explain to a middle school student what words like unity, self-determination and responsibility really mean. Use this vocabulary activity to really help your child understand the principles of Kwanzaa.
What You Need:
- Colored pencils
What You Do:
- On the sheet of paper, make three columns: Principle, Definition, and Picture.
- In the Principle column, write each of the seven principles of Kwanzaa: Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self-Determination), Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity) and Imani (Faith).
- In the next column, have your child define each of the principles. She can look up the definition in the dictionary or find Kwanzaa-specific definitions on the Internet. But encourage her to write the definition in her own words.
- In the final column, use the colored pencils to draw a picture about each of the words. So, for Imani (Faith), she could draw a picture of praying hands. For Kuumba (creativity), she can draw a picture of dancing or music notes. Each picture should be her idea of what that principle means.
- Once she's all done, display her work on the refrigerator or near your kinara.