Falling over March each year, Women’s History Month is a time to remember and celebrate the many diverse achievements and accomplishments of women, as well as the immense contributions women from around the world have made to American history, society, culture, and heritage. While you’ll almost certainly want to teach your child more about great women through books, TV shows, museum visits, and discussions, crafts are another great way to educate and inspire young minds. Bond with your kid over engaging Women’s History Month crafts to teach them more while helping them to develop various skills and, ultimately, have fun. Here are some of our favorite crafts to enjoy with your preschooler over Women’s History Month:
Microphone Craft for Women’s History Month
Pay homage to great musical women from the present and times gone by and craft a microphone, directions courtesy of Glued to My Crafts. Bonus points if you listen to relevant tunes while making it! Teach your child about the inspirational Ella Fitzgerald, the jazz legend and first Black woman to win a Grammy, soul queen Aretha Franklin, country great Dolly Parton, pop icon Madonna and any of your other favorite women singers. Your little one is bound to enjoy belting out some tunes down their finished mic!
Space Helmet for Women’s History Month
This paper mache space helmet from Mouths of Mums is a terrific Women’s History Month craft to honor all space-voyaging ladies. While the instructions suggest painting the finished helmet, we think it would also be cool if covered in shiny tin foil for extra space sparkle. While on the space theme, why not craft a rocket too?
From Sally Ride, who was the first American woman in space, and Mae Jemison, who was the first African American woman in space, to Eileen Collins, who was the first female pilot of NASA’s STS-63 space shuttle, the first American Iranian astronaut, Anousheh Ansari, and scientist Jessica Meir, who was both an astronaut and aquanaut, there are many inspirational female astronauts and space explorers to celebrate.
Artworks for Women’s History Month
Celebrate women in the arts with cool painting, drawing and collaging projects. After all, few kids can resist the chance to splash vibrant paints over a blank piece of paper or card! A self-portrait adorned with flowers, idea from Snuggle Bug University, is a terrific way to learn more about Mexican Frida Kahlo, while a pencil self-portrait in a bold frame is ideal for discussions about Mary Cassatt, the only American Impressionist artist.
Get ideas from Suffield Art Blog and create tissue paper collages to remember Georgia O’Keeffe, one of America’s earliest abstract artists. Use dot stickers, idea from Lotta Magazine, to create striking art in the style of Japanese Yayoi Kusama, draw and color a cat in the style of Laurel Burch, courtesy of Art Projects for Kids, and recreate a striking symmetrical piece by African American artist Alma Thomas with this idea from Woo! Jr.
Clothespin Aircraft for Women’s History Month
Engage your child with stories about Amelia Earhart, the first female pilot to fly solo over the Atlantic. Amelia was also an accomplished author and educator. Using clothespins and these easy-to-follow instructions from Woo! Jr, your child can set their imagination free as they create an old-style aircraft, painted bright red just like the incredible Ms. Earhart’s famous plane.
Other awesome women aviators include Jeanne Labrosse, the first woman to fly a hot air balloon solo. In addition, there is early aircraft inventor Emma Lilian Todd and daring stuntwoman Phoebe Fairgrave.
STEM Crafts for Women’s History Month
Play around with color and light and make a spectroscope or kaleidoscope, both ideas from Buggy and Buddy. Have fun with sound and make this spinning noise maker from What Do We Do All Day? Build (and test!) stick rafts and paper boats, both from Kids Craft Room. Use The Stem Laboratory’s idea to create a rain cloud in a jar from a few basic materials. Construct a tower from toothpicks and pieces of apple, courtesy of Preschool Powel Packets. There’s an abundance of crafts and activities related to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Likewise, they can serve as wonderful ways to introduce women leaders in STEM to your child.
Consider Marie Curie, the ground-breaking physician and chemist who was the first woman to receive a Nobel Prize. Or what about Ada Lovelace, one of the world’s earliest computer programmers. There are so many women who have helped STEM advances. Other inspirational women in this field include astronomy star Maria Mitchell, zoologist Jane Goodall, and so many more!