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Make a Unity Handprint Wreath for Black History Month

02/02/2010 13:49

Unity Handprint Wreath 

Celebrate cultural unity with this easy-to-make handprint wreath. You can adjust the handprint colors for different occasions (for example, you may wish to use handprints in different shades of brown for Black History Month)

WHAT YOU'LL NEED: - Paint in various skin-tone colors. If you have brown, yellow, red and white you can mix your own colors. Children enjoy experimenting with mixing colors. Try these combinations small amount of red + small amount of yellow + white brown + white yellow + small amount of brown - Paper - Scissors - Glue

HOW TO MAKE YOUR WREATH: Make between 9 and 12 handprints in various skin tone colors by dipping hand in paint and stamping it on the paper. Let dry

Making the Dove: Trace your hand with the thumb extended and 4 fingers close together onto the center of a piece of white paper. Glue on a beak from orange construction paper or draw one on with orange marker. 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 dove is on as necessary

In Honor of Black History Month: Jack Johnson

Jack Johnson was the first ever black boxer to be the world heavyweight boxing champion. A dominating, powerful fighter, Johnson held the title for seven years, even as he was the target of constant, unrelenting racism, which often found its form in boxing promoters' search for a "great white hope" to dethrone him. Johnson has recently garnered renewed attention thanks to Ken Burns's 2005 documentary, Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson, based on the book by Geoffrey C. Ward.