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Unity wreath for Black history month

During the month of February we celebrate Black History. Black history month is a celebration of the achievements and important events of African Americans. Carter G. Woodson and other notable African Americans developed this celebration to recognize the mark that blacks have made on society. During February we remember the sacrifices that were made to promote equality and unity in our country. The unity wreath is a great expression of what Black history month means. This craft is ideal for a classroom project, all of the students will be represented and must work together to create these wreaths.

A photo of the unity wreath
Photo: dltk-kids.com

Dove (Unity) Wreath

Materials:

  • paint in various skin-tone colors. If you have brown, yellow, red and white you can mix your own colors - in my opinion mixing your own skin colors is what makes this project lots of fun - children enjoy experimenting with mixing colors. Try these combinations:
  1. tiny amount of red + small amount of yellow + white
  2. tiny amount of red + white
  3. brown + white
  4. yellow + small amount of brown
  • paper,
  • scissors,
  • glue

Craft Instructions:

  • Make between 9 and 12 handprints in various skin tone colors by dipping hand in paint and stamping it on the paper.
  • Let dry.
  • DOVE: Trace your hand with the thumb extended and 4 fingers close together onto the center of a piece of white paper.
  1. Glue on a beak from orange construction paper or draw one on with orange marker.
  2. Draw on a wing and an eye with black pencil crayon or marker
  • Cut out the skin tone handprints and glue them together in a circle to form a wreath.
  • Glue the dove onto the back of the wreath (so the wreath acts like a picture frame). Trim the edges of the paper the dove is on as necessary