Kwanzaa Candles and Song
During Kwanzaa, a kinara (candle holder) holds seven candles. There are three green, three red, and one black candle in the center. Children can make candles from cardboard toilet paper tubes. Invite them to paint the tubes with tempera poster paints. When dried, tape the rolls together. Add yellow or orange tissue paper stuffed inside the top of each tube to represent the flame. This set of candles can be placed on a table or attached to a bulletin board.
Together sing this song to the tune of "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star."
Seven little candles in a row,
Waiting to join the holiday glow.
We will light them one by one,
Until all seven have joined the fun.
Seven little candles burning bright
Filling the world with holiday light.
It's important to present multicultural themes in your classroom so each child can celebrate their holiday. Use these Kwanzaa activities as part of your celebrating during the month of December.
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