Toilet Paper Roll Crafts for Black History Month

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INSIDE: Check out these fun and easy toilet paper roll crafts for Black History Month. Create MLK, Harriet Tubman and Ruby Bridges with your kids and let them learn about the pioneers of our more equitable society.

Black History Month is not usually an important holiday in most homes, mine included. I usually have left it up to my daughter’s school to teach her about black history. This year I wanted it to be a little bit more hands on especially since our social justice activities and protests we did during the summer.

I know making crafts for Black History Month is a great way start the conversation of racial and social justice. Just like how we want our sons to be champions of women’s rights. My hope is that my kids – and in fact all kids – to be champions of social and racial justice.

“I said to my children, ‘I’m going to work and do everything that I can do to see that you get a good education. I don’t ever want you to forget that there are millions of God’s children who will not and cannot get a good education, and I don’t want you feeling that you are better than they are. For you will never be what you ought to be until they are what they ought to be.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

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How to Make Toilet Paper Roll Harriet Tubman

  1. Grab your supplies.
  2. Cut a thin strip of black construction paper for her hair.
  3. Use scissors to cut out a hat from gray construction paper. Glue the hat to the her hair. Then glue this to the cardboard tube.
  4. Cut out rectangle from the same gray construction paper. Cut out three buttons from black construction paper. Glue the buttons to the gray rectangle. This will be her dress. Glue the dress to the tube.
  5. Glue googley eyes to the tube.
  6. Use a sharpie to draw her mouth.

How to Make Toilet Paper Roll Martin Luther King, Jr.

  1. Grab your supplies.
  2. Cut a thin strip of black construction paper, enough to go all around the roll. This will be MLK’s hair.
  3. Use scissors to cut out a rectangular shape from the black constitution paper large enough to wrap around the tube. This will become his black suit.
  4. Next, cut a triangle out of white construction or printer paper. This will become his dress shirt.
  5. Use glue to attach the triangle to the the top middle part of the large rectangle sheet of black construction paper.
  6. Glue this to the bottom of your toilet paper roll.
  7. Glue the thin strip to the top of your construction paper.
  8. Attach googley eyes using glue.
  9. Draw his mouth using a black sharpie.
  10. Cut out a very thin piece of black construction paper and glue this above his mouth for his mustache.

How to Make Toilet Paper Roll Ruby Bridges

  1. Grab your supplies.
  2. Cut out a purple rectangle. This will be Ms Bridges dress.
  3. Cut out a thin strip of white paper. This will be her belt. Glue this to the middle of the purple rectangle dress.
  4. Cut out a bow from the purple construction paper to match her dress.
  5. Use scissors to cut out a thin strip from the black construction paper. Cut out a small “V” shape to make her hair.
  6. Use glue to attach the bow to the corner of the “V” shaped cut.
  7. Glue her hair with the bow to the top of her tube.
  8. Glue her dress the bottom of the tube.
  9. Attach googley eyes with glue.
  10. Use a sharpie to draw her mouth.

What to Talk About

When doing these craft remember to tell your little one who each person was and why we remember and celebrate their lives.

What to talk about for Harriet Tubman:

Click here for 10 interesting facts about Harriet Tubman

What to talk about for Martin Luther King, Jr.:

Click here for 10 interesting facts about MLK.

10 facts about Martin Luther King

What to talk about for Ruby Bridges:

Click click for 10 interesting facts about Ruby Bridges.

My kids are 6.5 and almost 3 years old.

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  • Toilet paper rolls or paper towel rolls
  • Black, gray, white, gray and purples construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Googley eyes
  • Black sharpie


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