At Kwanzaa, many African Americans celebrate with colors of red, black, and green. Let your children make necklaces that honor those traditional colors. Give each child a shoelace or a piece of ribbon or yarn; wrap masking tape around one end of the strand. Cover tables with newspaper and let children paint ziti pasta with red, green, and black tempera paints (one color at a time). When the painted pasta is dry, show children how to string the pasta onto the shoelace to create colorful Kwanzaa necklaces.
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