Kinara Craft for Kwanzaa Lesson Plan Printable Activities for Preschool and Kindergarten

Activities Materials

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.

Online resource:  Kwanzaa at

Activity > Kinara Printable Craft
Review the significant symbols in the craft:
The three colors of Kwanzaa are red, black and green > read about these Pan-African colors and their meaning.  The candle holder template resembles wood.

Craft instructions >
1.  Print on sturdy paper or card stock.  The pieces can also be traced to foam sheet or felt.
2.  Color if applicable as illustrated:  three candles red, one candle black, three candles green and candle holder (Kinara) brown.
3.  Cut out and assemble > paste candles in appropriate order on the candleholder template, paste flames.
4. Discuss the The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa - refer to posters or coloring pages.

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

Activity > Alphabet Skills
Letter C is for Candle or Candle holder > Present letter C worksheet, mini-book & word search > features a candle.
Letter K is for Kwanzaa and Kinara > Present letter K worksheet, mini-book & word search.  

Kwanzaa Kinara Craft
kwanzaa kinara craft
Color Version

Black & White

the seven principles of kawanzaa coloring pages and posters
The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa coloring pages and posters

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listed in the instructions

*glues stick
*coloring and writing materials