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    Kwanzaa Flag Decoration
    Kwanzaa Flag DecorationMaterialsConstruction paper in red, green, blue, yellow and whiteScissorsThin ribbon or yarnGlueBlack marker  DirectionsThe Flag of Gabon:Cut a rectangle from the green construction paper, measuring about 3" x 6". Cut ba...
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    Kwanzaa Benne Cakes
    Kwanzaa Benne Cakes Benne cakes originated in West Africa. Benne means sesame seeds, and they are eaten for good luck. Bring some luck to your Kwanzaa celebration by trying these delicious and simple cakes. Level: Moderately easy Time involved: ...
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    Kwanzaa Unity Cup
    Kwanzaa Unity Cup A unity cup is a key symbol of the Kwanzaa celebration. You might want to make this lovely cup to signify your unity as a family. Get the kids involved in helping to pick out the symbolic pieces that adorn this kikombe cha umoj...
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    Kwanzaa Clay Jewelry
    Kwanzaa Clay Jewelry Seasonal Sense Two types of sculpting clay are typically sold in craft stores—modeling clay and baking clay. The modeling clay doesn't harden and can be shaped into objects and used over and over again. The type of clay y...
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    Kwanzaa Calendar
    Kwanzaa Calendar Count down the days of Kwanzaa with a customized calendar that marks off the special events and celebrations surrounding this season. The special event pieces are made of felt so the kids can easily stick them to the felt calend...
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    Magnificent Mkeka
    Magnificent Mkeka Straw is the material of choice when making a mat for Kwanzaa, but fabric is an acceptable alternative. You can incorporate this medium into a specially designed mat that is sure to become a family heirloom. You might want to m...
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    Kwanzaa Benne Cakes
    Kwanzaa Benne Cakes Benne cakes originated in West Africa. Benne means sesame seeds, and they are eaten for good luck. Bring some luck to your Kwanzaa celebration by trying these delicious and simple cakes. Level: Moderately easy Time involved: ...
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    Kwanzaa Unity Cup
    Kwanzaa Unity Cup A unity cup is a key symbol of the Kwanzaa celebration. You might want to make this lovely cup to signify your unity as a family. Get the kids involved in helping to pick out the symbolic pieces that adorn this kikombe cha umoj...
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    Corncob Painting
    Corncob PaintingCorn is a traditional part of the Kwanzaa celebration. Fresh corn is difficult (or impossible) to get at this time of year, so use a dried corncob for this activity. Materials Paper Flat box (the kind a 24-pack of soda comes in) ...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Toddler's Busy Book
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    Kwanzaa Chain
    Kwanzaa ChainTeach your toddler to build a Kwanzaa chain made of colored construction paper, and use it to decorate the hall.Materials Red, green, and black construction paper Scissors Glue or paste Directions Cut strips of red, green, and black ...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Toddler's Busy Book
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    Kwanzaa Flag Decoration
    Kwanzaa Flag DecorationMaterialsConstruction paper in red, green, blue, yellow and whiteScissorsThin ribbon or yarnGlueBlack marker  DirectionsThe Flag of Gabon:Cut a rectangle from the green construction paper, measuring about 3" x 6". Cut ba...
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    Kwanzaa Pasta Necklace
    Kwanzaa Pasta NecklaceThis necklace in traditional African and Kwanzaa colors is an easy art project for a toddler.Materials Ziti noodles Red, green, and black tempera paint Paintbrushes Clear acrylic spray (optional) Shoelaces, ribbon, yarn, or ...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Toddler's Busy Book
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    African Beads
    African BeadsZawadi (zah-WAH-dee) are the gifts given as rewards for having lived according to the Kwanzaa values during the year. Here is a simple way to make a necklace or bracelet that can be given as a zawadi gift. Materials Ziti noodles Blac...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
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    African Animal Necklace
    African Animal NecklaceThis necklace can be given as a zawadi gift, or your child can make it for himself. Materials No-Bake Craft Clay Animal cookie cutters (optional) String or thread Black satin cordDirections Have your child shape clay into A...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
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    Kwanzaa Facts
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    Woven Mat for Kwanzaa
    Woven Mat for KwanzaaMaterials Black, red, and green construction paper Scissors Glue or staplerDirections Fold black construction paper in half to make a frame for the mat. Show your child how to cut from the folded edge to within one inch of th...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book