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Week 1

Check out week one's Storytime with Aaliyah on location at the Children's Museum at Holyoke: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=waGQGuiqZBc&feature=youtu.be

Martin Luther King Jr. “I Have a Dream” Cloud Craft

Supply List:

  • White Cardstock for cloud (or white paper)
  • Cotton balls (to add to border of cloud)
  • Red, orange, yellow, blue and green construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Markers

Craft Instructions:

Step 1: Cut the shape of a cloud from white cardstock or paper. Write “I have a dream… By: your name”. You may glue cotton balls around the border of your cloud.

Step 2: Group all construction paper together. Cut a strip of paper about an inch thick.

Step 3: Take your Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, and a Blue strip and write one wish on each strip.

Step 4: Glue each strip to the bottom of the cloud.

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Week 2

Check out week two's Storytime with Aaliyah on location at the Children's Museum at Holyoke: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdVr5WZ3Gn8&feature=youtu.be

Unity Wreath Craft

A personal wreath that symbolizes diversity and hope in celebration of Black History Month.

Supply List:

  • Cardstock or construction paper in various shades of skin tones *see below
  • Glue dots or glue
  • White dinner-size paper plate
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ribbon
  • Hole punch
  • Markers
Completed Unity Wreath Craft
Finished Unity Wreath

Craft Instructions:

Step 1: Trace each child’s hands on skin-tone colored paper and cut out.

Step 2: From the paper plate, remove the center circle to create the wreath shape.

Step 3: Attach the handprints to the paper plate wreath using glue dots.

Step 4: Punch holes through the hands and the paper plate

Step 5: String ribbon through the holes and tie into a bow

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Week 3

Check out this week's Storytime with Aaliyah on location at the Children's Museum at Holyoke: https://youtu.be/UHxS01t9fmE

Ceremonial Mask Craft

Supply List:

  • Paper plate (8½ or 10-inch)
  • Tempera or poster paint
  • Paint brush
  • Newspapers
  • White glue
  • Crepe paper
  • Scissors

Craft Instructions:

Step 1: Cut eye holes.

Step 1: Cut eye holes. Start out with an 8½-inch or 10-inch paper plate. Draw and cut out a pair of eye holes.


Step 2: Make the nose and mouth.

Step 2: Make the nose and mouth. Take some strips of newspaper. Twist and form them into a mouth and nose shape. Glue them onto the plate.

‍Step 3: Paint the mask.

Step 3: Paint the mask. Paint your mask with a base color, which is typically brown, black, or white. Use a water-based paint like tempera or poster paint. Let the paint dry completely.


Step 4: Paint the details.

Step 4: Paint the details. Paint dots, lines, and patterns according to the African tribal mask you have in mind. You can go with a single color such as white or make the mask as colorful as you like.


Step 5: Add some hair.

Step 5: Add some hair. Some African tribal masks have hair. We used colorful strips of crepe paper on ours. The crepe paper strips were slightly crumpled up before being glued onto the paper plate.


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Week 4

Check out this week's Storytime with Aaliyah on location at the Children's Museum at Holyoke: https://youtu.be/d1hxVOfB1A8

Harriet Tubman Lantern Craft

This is a fabulous project to use with a history lesson about Harriet Tubman and her impact on US History and Slavery.

Supply List:

  • 3 Full Sheets of Construction Paper. We will use Blue, Red, and Yellow Sheets.
  • Glue Stick or School Glue
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Scraps of Orange Construction Paper

Craft Instructions:

Steps 1-3

Step 1: Cut out a lantern shape from the red construction paper. Save the scraps, you will need it later. I folded my sheet of paper in half lengthwise and lightly drew a lantern shape. Then, we cut that shape out and set it aside.

Step 2: Cut out the lantern’s globe using yellow paper. I folded the paper in half lengthwise and lightly drew the shape of a lantern globe.

Step 3: Cut out the lantern globe and set it aside.

Step 4 and 5

Step 4: Use the scraps of orange, red, and even some yellow to make a small flame. Start with the red or orange scraps and cut out a large flame. Then, cut two smaller flames with the remaining colors.

Step 5: Glue the flames on the bottom of the globe, layering the largest on the bottom and the smallest on the top.

Completed lantern

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Recommended Reading: Harriet Tubman (Little People, BIG DREAMS)