Kwanzaa

Submitted By

EHunt
Freeman
Theme:
  1. Holidays & Celebrations
Audience:
PreSchool

Story Books

  1. Where's My T-r-u-c-k?
    • Karen Beaumont
    Tommy looks everywhere in the house for his lost toy truck. Kwanzaa principle: Imani/Faith
  2. My First Kwanzaa Book
    • Deborah M. Newton Chocolate
    Introduces Kwanzaa, the holiday in which Afro-Americans celebrate their cultural heritage.  Kwanzaa principle: Kuumba/Creativity​
  3. Feast for Ten
    • Cathryn Falwell
    Numbers from one to ten are used to tell how members of a family shop and work together to prepare a meal. Kwanzaa principle: Ujamaa/Cooperative Economics

Story Songs

  1. Clap

    Clap, clap, clap your hands
    As slowly as you can
    Clap, clap, clap your hands
    As quickly as you can
    -Roll
    -Shake
    -Wiggle
    -Rub
    -Clap

    Kwanzaa principle: Umoja/Unity

  2. Let's All Do a Little Clapping

    Tune: We Wish You a Merry Christmas

    Let's all do a little clapping
    Let's all do a little clapping
    Let's all do a little clapping
    And spread holiday cheer!
    -Jumping
    -Stretching
    -Twirling
    -Bending

    Kwanzaa principle: Ujima/Collective Work and Responsibility

  3. 10 Good Friends

    1 good, 2 good, 3 good friends
    4 good, 5 good, 6 good friends
    7 good, 8 good, 9 good friends
    10 good friends are we!

    Kwanzaa principle: Nia/Purpose

  4. The Red Candle Shines

    Tune: The Farmer in the Dell
    Done with a flannelboard kinara

    The red candles shine.
    The red candles shine,
    When it’s time for Kwanzaa
    The red candles shine.

    The green candles shine.
    The green candles shine,
    When it’s time for Kwanzaa
    The green candles shine.

    The black candle shines.
    The black candle shines,
    When it’s time for Kwanzaa
    The black candle shines.
    by Gayle Bittinger

    Kwanzaa principle: Kujichagulia/Self-Determination

  5. 5 Kashatas

    "Something between candy and cookie, Eastern Africa's Kashata are a popular snack of Swahili origin."
    -recipes.wikia.com

    5 kashatas
    Sizzling in a pan
    1 went POP (clap)
    And then it went BAM (slap knees)
    4, 3, 2, 1

Notes: 

The goal of this storytime is to introduce the seven principles of Kwanzaa; unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith. I have the audience say the Swahili word for the principle each book/song illustrates and briefly explain what the principle means before I begin the book/song.