Thanks to Cori for sharing this idea with us!
I have a suggestion for black history month. It is hard to find activities for preschoolers.
Taken from the idea of Martin Luther King Jr's "I have a Dream" speech, Cut out pictures of children of all races from parent and child magazines and lay them on a table. Have the children pick out "friends" and glue them on paper to make a collage. Children will naturally choose children from all races and not discriminate and make a beautiful collage of children.
Another idea for black history month is to celebrate African American authors. Get books from the library written and illustrated by African Americans. Children should be exposed to literature with main characters of different races. Some great books are:
- Tar Beach by Faith Ringold
- Sukey and the Mermaid by Robert D. San Souci
- The Talking Eggs by by Robert D. San Souci
- Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe
(an African Cinderella story).
Here is the website for a list of all the Coretta Scott King book awards, which is a book award similar to the Caldecott and Newburry given by the American Library Association for African American authors and illustrators. http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/rts/emiert/cskbookawards/recipients.cfm