Explore the origins of this African celebration with these Kwanzaa themed activity worksheets.

What is Kwanzaa? Like other celebrations held in the U.S., one of the most notable celebrations is the Kwanzaa. Every year, the Kwanzaa is celebrated for seven days in the United States to honor universal African heritage and culture. It takes place from December 26th to January 1st. To be a part of the joyous event, the Non-African Americans also celebrate the Kwanzaa. The first-ever Kwanzaa was celebrated from 1966-1967. Many people decorate their homes with African art and the traditional colors of green, black, and red. People also wear traditional African clothing. The women wear a colorful wrap, which is known as Kaftan, while men wear colorful shirts called Dashiki paired with a hat called Kufi. The most important tradition of the Kwanzaa is the lighting of Kinara. It is a candle holder with seven candles. On the last day of Kwanzaa, the families get together for a large feast, which is known as Karamu. Sometimes, Karamu is also celebrated in local churches or community centers to enjoy the traditional African dishes.

These worksheets contain a number of different activities using a dedicated set of vocabulary words related to the Kwanzaa celebration, including word search, fill in the blanks, scrambled words, word wall flash cards, acrostic poems, crossword puzzles, and more. The collection also includes six different packs of Bingo cards, which can be used during discussions of the topics. Last but not least, a KWHL (know, what, how, learn) diagram is included to help students pick a topic to explore in more depth. About five years ago, NPR did a piece looking at if Kwanzaa really was a thing and they cited a National Retail Federation survey that found that two percent of Americans celebrate the holiday. The Kwanzaa worksheets below will help you better understand the history behind and the rituals of the holiday itself.

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Print Kwanzaa Worksheets

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Word Search

Includes the vocabulary: Africa, Banquet, Celebration, Collective, Cooperative, Creativity, Family, Harvest, Hope, Principles, Purpose, Reverence

Word Scrambler

You'll never guess the word that trips up the kids, the most often, it's "Creativity".

Missing Letters

We are focusing it at removing 2 letters. A new version coming soon will feature very few letters.

Word Chop

I would recommend working on this sheet before the spelling worksheets, it makes it easier to remember.

Crossword Puzzle

This worksheet works off of pictures that are present on the page for students.

Alphabetic Order

This is usually the way to kick off the unit. It allows students to become familiar with the words, but not stress about them.

Bingo Card #1

Africa purpose hope December reverence

Bingo Card #2

creativity family cooperative harvest candles

Bingo Card #3

collective culture Free Space principles determined

Bingo Card #4

Vocabulary includes: heritage Kwanzaa banquet dancing faith

Bingo Card #5

music celebration drum commemoration singing

Bingo Card Finisher

The last one in the series.

KWHL

This is usually a tough. Not many people have even heard of the holiday in many parts of the country.

Word Wall

Print the up and post them on your board or wall.

Africa Poem

The holiday was created in the mid-1960s by Maulana Karenga.

Family Poem

As with most holidays, family should be the focus of the holiday.

Kwanzaa Poem

The last worksheets in this unit. Make it count!