Kwanzaa Candle Craft Lesson Plan Printable Activities for Preschool and Kindergarten

Activities Materials

Holiday Lights:
Light is meaningful in holiday celebrations in many cultures. Share some information about the Hanukkah or Chanukah holiday below. Read a related picture book, video, sing a song or read a poem.

Holiday information:
Kwanzaa, is an Pan-African festival that honors African American heritage, and it lasts seven days from December 26th to January 1st. It celebrates families and traditional African values as outlined in the seven Kwanzaa principles. Each night, a candle is lit in the Kinara (candle holder), and a Kwanzaa principle is discussed. The Kinara symbolizes the stalks of corn that branch off to form new stalks, representing how the human family is created, and it honors ancestors. One ear of corn is placed on a place mat (mkeka) for each child present on the Feast of Karamu on December 31st.

Online resource: Kwanzaa at

Activity > Kwanzaa Printable Candle
Review the significant symbols in the craft:
The three colors of Kwanzaa are green, black and red. The ears of corn represent fertility and that children are the hope of the future. Each person is responsible for the children in the community.

Craft instructions >
1. Print on sturdy paper or card stock.
2. Color if applicable with the holiday colors.
3. Cut out and assemble > paste large oval to back of candle, paste flame, and the two ears of corn as shown.
4. Optional > Write a holiday message on the oval above the flame.

Uses for craft > Ornament, gift tag, greeting card (paste to folded paper and write greeting message inside), add to a wreath or other similar decoration.

Activity > Nursery Rhyme Adaptation (ages 18 months-5):
Twinkle, twinkle Kwanzaa lights,
Fruits of harvest shared these nights.
Twinkle, twinkle Kwanzaa lights,
lights that teach on happy nights.

Activity > Alphabet Skills
Letter C is for Candle and Corn >

Present letter C worksheet and mini-book program. Print the four or eight word search game with writing tracers or blank lines to practice letter C and it features the word candle.
Letter K is for Kwanzaa and Kinara >
Present letter K worksheet and mini-book program. Print the four word search game with writing tracers or blank lines to practice letter K.

Holidays Lights Candle Theme Crafts:
There are other similar holiday candle crafts for Christmas, Hanukkah and St. Patrick's Day.

Kwanzaa Candle Craft
kwanzza candle craft
Color version

Black & White

Review other printable materials listed in the instructions

*glues stick
*coloring and writing materials