Black Lives Matter Printables for Kids
I am writing this post after many hours of debating whether or not a white blogger can write about black lives and determined that I need to do this. I need to speak up in the way that I know how because I can, I want to and I am willing to take any feedback to grow. Sharing Black Lives Matter Printables for Kids is a way that I can provide a tiny bit of support for something that matter a whole whole bunch. Let’s start with this profound but simple quote from Ruby Bridges, “Racism is a grown-up disease and we must stop using our children to spread it.” Let that sink in.
UPDATED a few days after posting this because guys, my box of 25 crayons was not sufficient to color these pages. SO, I ordered Crayola’s multicultural crayons to spread the creative possibility. You can enter to win a box!
I am NOT an expert. I did find this article extremely informational, relevant and useful. How to Talk to Kids about George Floyd. I am pretty good at taking information and creating kid friendly resources so that is my goal here.
Okay, so let’s get started. We are living in a time with great awareness, tension and strain between all races but especially people of color in our country. Kids are speaking up and asking questions. Adults need to be prepared to handle these conversations with truth, grace and facts. The facts are painful. The facts are disgusting. The facts are staggering. And yet the facts are the facts. There are lots of places to go and gather the facts. I would recommend reading, researching and learning as much as you can about the events, far beyond slavery, that led us into this place in history so when you talk to your kids, you are talking from knowledge and not just feelings.
Black Lives Matter Printables for Kids
I created this collection with hopes that it will spark conversation and in its own little way make a difference. There are some suggestions of ways to use it on page 1.
Kids learn through crafting too. Do some crafts on purpose. I really love clothespin dolls! They can be made to replicate people in real life, fiction or make believe.
Clay Story Starters are a great tool. Because you and your kids MAKE them, you have the ability to create the things that could be in the story, starting with black children. There is a free story printable HERE if you would like more information about this project.
Painting rocks is a great way to express yourself, your feelings and thoughts. The gift is in leaving them places and letting others find them. You can learn to paint rocks HERE in a post that gives lots of details.
If you would like more crafty ideas, comment and let me know!
Study Famous Black Leaders Throughout History
There are SO many! My all time favorite since I was in elementary school is Harriet Tubman. WOW, what a woman. I have a free activity pack about her here on the blog.
I hope you find this somewhat helpful. Black lives matter. They have always mattered and it is time we are actively ensuring that it is taught to kids (of all ages) and a part of everyday conversations.
With Love and Hope,
PS: I feel so vulnerable sharing this post as a white woman. But this quote from Marianne Williamson keeps reminding me to play big.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.’ We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we subconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” –
I want to let my light shine! I am open to all and any feedback.