INSIDE: Here is a fun and easy paper plate peanut craft inspired by George Washington Carver for Black History Month. Credited with giving us peanut butter, Carver was much more influential than just that. He was instrumental in introducing sustainable farming practices to the Black farming community in the south.
Who Was George Washington Carver?
Although, famous for inventing more than 300 products made using peanuts, George Washington Carver did not actually invent peanut butter. He did, however, develop a version of peanut butter that is similar to the product we use today. Carver’s dedication to peanuts stemmed from desire to help Black farmers in the south through the introduction of sustainable farming.
Cotton was the most widely grown crop in the south at the time. Carver noticed that the soil was being seriously depleted with cotton being planted year after year. He convinced Black farmers to switch to planting peanuts which helped to replenish the lost nutrients in the soil. The results were huge cotton crops after rotating to peanuts. But it also resulted in farmers have huge stocks of peanuts with no where to sell them.
Carver came up with over 300 products made using peanuts including paper, shaving cream, skin lotion and peanut butter. His inventions helped to create a huge market for the peanuts products of the farmers thereby greatly improving their economic well-being.
George Washington Carver’s hardwork and dedication to black farmers in the south helped develop sustainable farming practices that are still used there today. Create this simple farming craft using a paper plate in honor Carver’s work.
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George Washington Carver Peanut Craft
Grab a paper plate paint the top half blue and the bottom half brown. Set it aside to dry.
Cut out a stem and several leaves from green construction paper. Measure it to ensure that it will fit on the paper plate.
Cut out several peanut shapes from beige or light brown construction paper. Take a black pen and draw lines and dots along the peanuts to add details.
Glue the leaves to the stems and then glue it to the paper plate in the blue section.
Take some black yarn, cut off a few short pieces. Glue these to the bottom of the stem and leaves in the brown section. These will be your roots.
Glue the peanuts in the brown section (in the soil) attached to the roots.
Supplies for Paper Plate Peanut Craft
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- Paper Plate
- Blue and Brown paint
- Green and tan construction paper
- Black yarn
- Black pen
Age Suitability for Paper Plate Peanut Craft
This activity is good for kids 3 years and up. My kids are 3.5, 3.5, and 7.5 year old.
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