One of the symbols of Kwanzaa is zawadi, or gifts. A handmade gift like this necklace is the most treasured.
- 1 cup flour
- Acrylic paints
- 1/2 cup salt
- Clear acrylic spray
- 1/4 cup water
- Fishing line, beading thread,
- 1 tablespoon oil or thin elastic cord
- Help your child mix the flour, salt, water, and oil to make a smooth clay.
- Roll the clay into small beads. Poke a hole through each bead with a toothpick.
- Let the beads air-dry or bake them on a baking sheet at 350ºF for 10 minutes.
- Have your child paint the beads in the Kwanzaa colors of red, green, and black.
- Or if she likes, she can paint the beads to look like the hides of African animals: white with black stripes for a zebra, orange with black spots for a cheetah, and so on.
- Finish the beads with clear acrylic spray.
- String the beads on fishing line, beading thread, or thin elastic cord to make a necklace.