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3 Women’s History Month activities for kids that teach and empower

Teach kids about women’s historical contributions with engaging and meaningful books, crafts and other fun Women’s History Month activities.

By Katilyn Thomas

What is Women’s History Month?

Women’s History Month, which spans the entire month of March each year, originated in Sonoma, California, as a week-long celebration of women’s contributions to history during the week of International Women’s Day. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter proclaimed a national Women’s History Week, and later in 1987, after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Alliance, the week was expanded to Women’s History Month.  

3 Stories & Activities To Celebrate Women’s History Month With Kids

Help bring Women’s History Month to life by teaching kids about some fantastic women from history and today. For each person of significance, read a picture book and try the related activity ideas. We hope that learning about these role models and connecting with their experiences will inspire your children to break down barriers and face life’s challenges with courage and grit.

Misty Copeland

In 2015, Misty Copeland became the first African American woman to be promoted to principal dancer in the 75-year history of American Ballet Theatre. A prodigy from the moment she was introduced to ballet at 13, Misty has inspired countless young dancers the world over.

Books:

Firebird by Misty Copeland, illustrated by Christopher Myers

In her debut picture book, Misty Copeland tells the story of a young girl–an every girl–whose confidence is fragile and who is questioning her own ability to reach the heights that Misty has reached. Misty encourages this young girl’s faith in herself and shows her exactly how, through hard work and dedication, she too can become Firebird. 

Bunheads by Misty Copeland, illustrated by Setor Fiadzigbey 

From prima ballerina and New York Times bestselling author Misty Copeland comes the story of a young Misty, who discovers her love of dance through the ballet Coppélia–a story about a toymaker who devises a villainous plan to bring a doll to life.

Activities:

Throw on some leggings or a tutu and choreograph your own ballet performance to your favorite song. Misty would be the first to tell you that ballet isn’t limited to any one type of music, so choose freely!


Celia Cruz

Beloved by salsa music fans worldwide, Cuban American Celia Cruz was one of the most popular Latina singers of all time and commonly known as the “Queen of Salsa.”

Books:

Celia Cruz, Queen of Salsa by Veronica Chambers, illustrated by Julie Maren

Relish the sizzling sights and sounds of her legacy in this glimpse into Celia’s childhood and her inspiring rise to worldwide fame and recognition as the Queen of salsa. Her inspirational life story is sure to sweeten your soul.

Activities:

Watch Celia Cruz sing “Contrapunto Musical” and dance along.

Salsa is a style of music and dancing. Listen to more salsa music on Pandora and see which artists you like the best. Don’t forget to dance along!

Make homemade rhythm instruments using recycled containers, beads or beans, wax paper, and rubber bands. Create your own salsa music.


Frida Kahlo

One of the most well-known Mexican artists and activists, Frida Kahlo painted vivid, colorful folk-art styled self-portraits that depicted her personal struggles including her painful health problems.

Books:

Little Frida by Anthony Browne

 Stunning illustrations tell the story of a lonely young girl who discovers the power of the imagination to set you free. A tribute to an iconic artist exploring themes of belonging, creativity and hope, this is an exquisite and touching picture book.

Activities:

Use a photograph to inspire your own self-portrait. On a blank sheet of paper, use pencil to sketch your face. Color in with crayon or paint. Then add flowers or other plants around your face.

Color a Frida coloring page here and here.

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