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A traditional straw or woven textile mat, called a mkeka, is one of the seven symbols of Kwanzaa. Those who celebrate Kwanzaa view the mkeka as the base for the other six symbols of Kwanzaa, representing the idea that nothing can be built without having a foundation upon which to rest.
Celebrate this Kwanzaa tradition with your child, or acquaint him with a new and unexplored cultural practice, by helping him weave his own mat out of an ordinary paper bag! As your child spends an afternoon weaving, he will strengthen important fine motor skills and receive valuable measurement practice.