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Kwanzaa Bulletin Boards for Preschool

Ideas and suggestions for your Preschool Kwanzaa Bulletin Boards!  Please use the link near the bottom of the page to add YOUR bulletin board ideas and pictures if you have them!

The 7 Principles of Kwanzaa

There are 7 Principles of Kwanzaa.  Find ways for your preschoolers to apply each one in the classroom. Take pictures and place under the word for each.

Here are the principles and some ideas for preschool application:

  1. Umoja (oo-MOO-jah)= Unity    Add pictures of children at circle time.
  2. Kujichagulia (koo-jee-chah-goo-LEE-ah)= Self-Determination The children learning a new activity or working on putting on their own coats, shoes, etc.
  3. Ujima (oo-JEE-mah)= Responsibility   The Children working together to clean up the classroom.
  4. Ujamaa (oo-jah-MAH)=  Cooperative Economics   If you are collecting items for a local shelter or soup kitchen, take pictures of the donation station and the children sorting the items.
  5. Nia (NEE-ah)   Purpose   Have the children paint pictures of what they want to be or do when they grow up.
  6. Kuumba (koo-OOM-bah)=  Creativity   Take pictures of the children in the art center or hang pictures of their creative art work.
  7. Imani  (ee-MAH-nee)=  Faith   Write down what children tell you about their traditions or faith.

Speak Swahili

As the children learn more about this celebration, hang the words in Swahili and English of each item they learn about and make. 

Some suggestions are:

Bendera- The African American flag

Gele- African headwrap for women

Kufi- African hat for men

Kinara- Candle Holder

Kikombe cha umoja- Unity Cup

Mazao- The fruits and vegetables of the harvets.

Mkeka- Place mat used on the Kwanzaa table


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