Kwanzaa Mat

Kwanzaa Mat craft

This reproduction of the traditional woven Kwanzaa mat is easy to make with Crayola® Color Wonder™. Children celebrate the rich heritage and culture of Africa while expressing their creative gifts.

  • 1.

    Fold a sheet of black construction paper lengthwise in half. Leaving a margin all around the paper, use Crayola Scissors to cut about 8 lines even widths apart into the paper at the fold. Open flat.

  • 2.

    Cut a sheet of Crayola Color Wonder paper into strips about the same width as the lines in the construction paper.

  • 3.

    Weave Color Wonder Paper strips through the slits in the construction paper, alternating starting over and then under.

  • 4.

    With a Crayola Glue Stick, attach the ends of the Color Wonder Paper to the construction paper mat.

  • 5.

    Using Color Wonder Markers in red and green, alternate coloring the squares woven into the mat. Kwanzaa colors are black, red, and green.

  • 6.

    With Crayola Metallic FX Crayons, decorate the mat with images of Kwanzaa such as the seven candles, harvest foods, or beautiful decorative patterns.