Updated: Mar 2
We believe Black children benefit from games and activities that are both fun and helpful for them when learning better ways to manage heavy and uncomfortable feelings. The principles of Kwanzaa mirror the foundation of BMH Connect, so we thought it'd be great to suggest activities you can do with your family on each day of Kwanzaa. Not only will these activities provide richness to the holiday tradition, but they can also encourage communication, relieve stress, and strengthen family connections.
Families can bond and achieve unity by gathering for a family dinner and expressing their feelings and ideas with each other. Game nights, dance parties, talent shows, and lip-sync battles are other activities you can do to cultivate a feeling of togetherness with your family.
How do you define yourself? Spend this day speaking positive affirmations to yourself and your family members.
Ujima (Collective work and responsibility)
Building your community is the significance of this day. Come together as one with your family to volunteer and get involved in the community. Opportunities are available at your local school, food bank, pet shelters, etc. Visit the BMH Connect website to learn about more ideas, resources, and connections in the community.
Ujamaa (Cooperative economics)
There's an app for that! Now your children can learn financial literacy in a fun way. Kiddie Kredit is an app that teaches youth about the basics of credit. 21 Savage has been at the forefront of making strides in financial literacy to empower the black youth. Check out his new campaign! He partnered up with Chime to provide lessons in banking and budgeting.
We have seen the Black Lives Matters signs in many places. Take some time to create posters for other social justice issues that matter to you and your family. Afterward, hang the posters in your windows or place them as a sign in your yard.
Host a family paint night and incorporate the colors of Kwanzaa into the painting. Go beyond painting, and create music, poems, and other art crafts.
Share quotes from your religion and/ or positive empowering affirmations.
Wishing you all warmth and togetherness this Kwanzaa!
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