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Frederick Douglass Craft

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Celebrate Black History Month in February with this easy paper Frederick Douglass craft for preschoolers, kindergartners and older kids.

Frederick Douglass  craft for kids

We started our series of Black History Month crafts with this Harriet Tubman craft.

After we created a nice collection for Harriet Tubman, that includes a lantern craft and timeline as well as a color and writing activity, it’s time to move on to another important African American influential person.

Easy Frederick Douglass  craft for preschoolers, kindergartners and older kids

Who was Frederick Douglass?

Frederick Douglass was an African American abolitionist, orator, newspaper publisher, and author of three autobiographies.

He was born into slavery but encouraged and financially supported by the woman he fell in love with (who was free-born African American), he managed to escape and ran away to freedom. He describes his experiences as a slave in his best-know work: the first autobiography.

Black History Month craft: Frederick Douglass craft

Fun facts about Frederick Douglass

  • He taught himself how to read and write
  • He was an advocate for women’s rights and a promoter of equal electoral rights in America
  • Douglass met Abraham Lincoln though the two shared a complicated relationship

Frederick Douglass craft

Frederick Douglass craft for kids to celebrate Black History Month


Easy paper Frederick Douglass craft for kids

How to make the Douglass craft

The template comes with two versions:

1. Template – option 1– print the pattern directly on colored paper and cut them out.

2. Template – option 2 – print the template, cut out the patterns and trace them on appropriate paper.

This way you can easily craft with just one or two kids as well as with a classroom full of students.

Step by step instructions


Glue the shirt at the top of the body.


Glue the head and body together.


Add the hair on top of the head.

hair strip

Glue the gray hair strip onto the hair, towards the left side.


Add the beard at the bottom of the face.


Glue the mouth at the top of the beard.


Glue the eyes onto the face, between the hair and beard.

bow tie

Add the bow tie at the bottom of the shirt.

Frederick Douglass craft

Use a black marker to draw a smile.

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