The Captain’s Corner – Black History Month
1 February, 2023
Hello parents! It’s time for our monthly roundup of our Black History Month box.
To celebrate Black History Month, we pulled together some of our favorite books that are written by African American authors and feature Black kids and families.
StoryCaptain’s book selection each month is grounded in the belief that kids gain tremendous value from being exposed to different cultures and perspectives and, unfortunately, it’s still all too true that the voices of Black authors and stories about Black families are vastly underrepresented on too many bookshelves. To help correct that in our little way, and we are thrilled to share these incredible books with you–they will have your little ones inspired, curious, and eager to learn more. We hope you love them as much as we do.
And, as always, to really bring these books to life, we’ve put together a few awesome crafting activities for you and your little one to enjoy! Check them out below.
Boost Their Creativity
Bring this month’s activity guide to life with these craft activities for the WobbleCaptain and CuriousCaptain clubs.
Toe Painting (WobbleCaptain)
Supplies: Paper & paint
- Lay paper down and add some drops of paint.
- Walk all over the paper creating a unique piece of art!
Tips for engagement: Talk about how the paint feels on their toes/feet (cold/squishy, etc.)
Create a Book (CuriousCaptain)
Supplies: Paper, crayons/markers
- Fold the paper in half to create the book.
- Use crayons/markers to create your story. Add pictures to go along with your story.
Adult/Child: Adult can help write the words if needed. Child can draw/color the pictures.
Splatter Paint (CuriousCaptain)
Supplies: Black construction paper, paint (various colors – white, blue, purple, etc.), old toothbrush, astronaut picture
- Use the toothbrush to splatter the paint across the black paper.
- Glue the astronaut anywhere on the paper.
Tips for engagement: Talk about how artists use different materials to create different patterns in their artwork.