Children’s Activities for Women’s History Month
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Celebrate Women’s History Month with these fun and engaging children’s activities! Every March, people in the United States celebrate women’s history and their achievements. These activities will help children and their families honor influential women throughout history. Learn about amazing women like Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Michelle Obama, Misty Copeland, and Dian Fossey. These children’s learning activities not only celebrate women’s accomplishments but will help inspire a new generation of children and young girls. Try one or more of these Women’s History Month activities after school or on weekends and inspire kids to achieve their dreams.
5 Children’s Activities for Women’s History Month
Women’s History Matching Game: “Who Am I?”
Learn about the vital role of women in American History and then play the game “Who am I?” Match the female leader to her symbol. Create your own matching cards, one with the woman’s name and picture, and another with her corresponding symbol. For example, Ruther Bader Ginsberg would be connected to a gavel, Michelle Obama to the White House, Dian Fossey to a gorilla, Marie Curie to a vial, Misty Copeland to ballet shoes, and Sally Ride to a spaceship.
With this kids’ learning activity, you will explore women’s incredible contributions throughout history and the challenges they faced. Learn about the inspiring journey of Misty Copeland, the first African American woman to become a principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre in New York City; or Sally Ride, the first American woman in space. These lessons about the past and present will inspire children to dream big for their futures.
Women’s History Craft Activity
Choose an influential woman and make a corresponding craft! For example, craft a space helmet out of tin foil in honor of Sally Ride or make a paper airplane after learning about Amelia Earhart. Turn your slippers into ballet shoes by adding ribbon and dance around the room in honor of Misty Copeland. By making a craft activity, children become more involved and engaged in the learning process. These crafts may also inspire them to follow in the footsteps of a female pioneer!
Read Inspiring Children’s Storybooks
Women’s History Month honors the struggles and achievements of women in history—women who were confident and inspired to follow their dreams and passions. This is the perfect time to instill that same confidence and self-esteem in children, so they too can one day strive to break barriers and make a difference. Children’s storybooks offer powerful stories and words that boost a child’s self-esteem and confidence. Inspire and uplift children with books about dreams, goals, and working together. Personalized children’s books are especially powerful, because a child can see their name in the story. A custom book like I Can Change The World empowers children to change the world with acts of kindness while a photo-personalized book like Super Kid! builds confidence by helping the child see themself as a hero. Perfect for inspiring young girls, the book ABC What Can I Be! encourages children to explore different careers and be whatever they want to be in the future.
Want to take reading one step further? Have the child write their own short story about working hard and doing something they love one day!
Female Poets Activity
Celebrate female artists, learn about strong female poets, and read their poetry. This Women’s History Month activity is the perfect way to introduce women’s accomplishments in the arts. Read the poetry of Maya Angelou, Emily Dickinson, Naomi Shihab Nye, Jacqueline Woodson and Nikki Giovanni. When you have read some poetry aloud, try writing your own poem! For younger children, this activity is easiest if you prepare the words ahead of time. Write words on a piece of paper and put them into a pile. The child can then arrange the words into sentences and make their own poem!
Pretend Play Career Stations
Set up career stations around the house, so kids can pretend play they are a scientist, an astronaut, a chef, or the president of the United States. Imaginative play fosters healthy growth in developing children. Pretend play can enhance a child’s confidence, creativity, and understanding of the world. When we encourage girls to pretend they are a scientist, an engineer, or an author, they may internalize this play and learn they can be whatever they dream. Create stations that even young children can help out with. Here are some career station ideas and activities:
Women in Science: Eggshell Chalk Science Experiment
Can you draw with eggshells? This science experiment will show kids how to turn eggshells into sidewalk chalk! To make your chalk, grind 10 dry eggshells until they become a fine powder. Add two teaspoons of flour and hot water to make a stiff paste. Add food dye and mix in. Roll your chalk into a tube shape or use ice cube molds to create fun shapes. Let the chalk dry for a few days. Then it’s ready to use outside! How does this work? Eggshells contain calcium, the same material that makes chalk.
Women in Cuisine: Bake and Decorate Cupcakes
Kids love cupcakes! Get them involved in the baking process and teach them about measuring ingredients. Bake your favorite cupcake flavor and express your creativity decorating.
Women in Engineering: Build a Toy Slide from Recycled Materials
Challenge kids to make a toy slide out of recycled materials at home. For example, cut a pool noodle in half and lean it against furniture. Then put a toy car down the slide. Try doing the same thing but turn it into a water slide with water. Pour water down and see if the water will carry the toy to the bottom. You can also use recycled materials like cardboard, plastic milk jugs, paper towel rolls, and plastic bottles. This engineering activity will help teach kids about gravity and construction. It may also inspire a little girl to dream about becoming an engineer!
Women in Politics: Run for President of the United States
Learn about being president with this pretend play activity. Create a podium from cardboard. Craft a “kid president” badge to wear. Then give a speech verbally or write a speech about this topic: As president, I would do… You can also create a voting box from a tissue box and have family members cast their vote for family president. These activities help teach kids about the election process and the responsibilities of the president. Because the United States has never had a female president, it’s more important than ever to nurture girls’ dreams and teach them to reach high—to the presidency or beyond!