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Makerspace Monday: Kwanzaa and New Year’s Eve

Celebrate the last week of this unbelievable year by making the holidays at home a little brighter with Kwanzaa and New Year’s Eve crafts.

2021 New Year’s Party Glasses     

Using an old pair of sunglasses as a template, make 2021 New Year’s Party Glasses with drawing paper, a pencil, scissors, cardboard or poster paper, and these directions from Howcast. You’ll also need cotton t-shirts, cardboard, large clips, white carbon paper, fabric paint, white paper, and a pencil.  

Egg-Carton Mancala

Make a mancala board with scissors, tape, and an egg carton using these directions from #FontanaTogether. Young children can play Kalah with beans, beads, dried seeds, or pebbles. Older players can play Oware using these rules from Parenting Science.

Folded Paper Kwanzaa Kinara

Crayola explains how make a candle holder for the Mishumaa Saba (seven candles) of Kwanzaa without burning yourself by using construction paper, scissors, cotton balls, markers, and glue.

Kwanzaa Mkeka Mat

Cut and weave a mkeka mat for Kwanzaa using scissors and black, red, and green construction paper with these directions from Scholastic Teacher.

New Year’s Eve Balloon Clock

In a 29-second video, Kroger shows you how to make a New Year’s Eve balloon clock to count down until midnight—or a happy “Noon Year” lunchtime party for the little ones. You just need 12 balloons, ribbon, a funnel, paper confetti, stickers for numbers 1–12, construction paper, ruler, chalk pencil, scissors, and a pin to burst the 12:00 balloon and release the confetti!

Toilet Paper Roll Party Poppers  

Guidecentral English shows you how to make New Year’s Eve Party Poppers that crack open in the middle with paper confetti and “Happy New Year’s” messages placed inside a toilet paper roll.  

Anastasia Suen reads, edits, and writes books for all ages from her makerspace at home in Northern California. She has been teaching children’s book writing workshops since 1999, writing for Booklist since 2004, and managing the Carnival of Children’s Literature since 2010. The new 2021 children’s book cohort is #write5minutes. Follow her on Twitter at @AnastasiaSuen'

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