Make a Kufi Construction Paper Hat to Celebrate Kwanzaa


Toddler Activities: Using construction paper, stapler and glue, make this simple Kufi style hat to learn about Kwanzaa. Cut strips of green, red, yellow and black constructions paper to make this cute hat!


make a kufi hat
  • Black Construction paper (18 inches long if possible), red, yellow, green construction paper

  • Non Toxic Glue like Elmer's White School Glue

  • Stapler


  • Cut a two inch wide strip of black construction paper 18 inches long. If you have only 11 inch paper you need to make two strips.
  • Cut the red, yellow and green into one inch wide strips that are 12 inches long.
  • Each hat needs two green strips, two yellow strips, and two red strips.
  • Take two yellow strips and make an X.
  • Take the two red strips and make an X laying it on top of the yellow strips.
  • Take the green strips, make an X and place on top of the red and yellow strips.
  • Staple the center of the X's. You should have a star shape.
  • Measure the head of the child with the black strip and staple.
  • Staple or glue the ends of the colored strips to the inside of the black strip of construction paper.

Tips and Suggestions

  • This works best with an adult to assist in holding the strips while it is being glued.
  • Be sure to read a book to introduce what Kwanzaa is.
  • Free Printable coloring sheets of the kinara and some of the gifts given at Kwanzaa can be found.

Kwanzaa Facts

Kwanzaa is a week long celebration held in the United States observed from December 26 to January 1 each year honoring African culture and heritage. Kwanzaa celebrates seven principles; unity, self-determination, responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith. For each day a candle is lit. The seven candles are in a holder called the kinara.