Celebrate Black History Month in February with this easy paper Frederick Douglass craft for preschoolers, kindergartners and older 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.
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.
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 template
- Cardstock paper: brown, white, black and gray
- Black marker
How to make the Douglass craft
The template comes with two versions:
1. home template – print the template, cut out the patterns and trace them on appropriate paper.
2. classroom template – print the pattern directly on colored paper and cut them out.
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.
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.
Add the bow tie at the bottom of the shirt.
Use a black marker to draw a smile.