Making Black History Facts Memorable for Kids Through Fun Art and Science Projects

Why is Black History Important (for Children)?

Black history is important because it instills pride and confidence in children. I experienced this as a child after learning Black History facts for kids during a summer program.

When I was nine-years-old, my older brother, Linsey, asked my mom if I could stay with him for the summers. Linsey and my sister-in-law, Michelle, developed a program called Our Story 101.

The purpose of Our Story 101 was to teach elementary and middle school kids Black history and the contributions of Africans to our world.

I remember learning for the first time that a Black man created the three-way traffic light and clock. I also learned that Mae Jemison, was a NASA astronaut and the first Black woman to travel into space. This information helped me gain confidence in myself and the abilities of others who had my skin color.

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How do I teach my child black history?

There are a number of ways to teach children black history. You can read books, play games, use flash cards, visit a museum (physically or virtually), watch movies and documentaries, research historical black figures at the library or Internet, and much more.

Once my two sons were born, I wanted to expose them to the same information I learned as a nine-year-old in the Our-Story program. I knew that teaching my sons about the positive contributions of Black people would boost their confidence and embed a lasting thought that they could accomplish anything they put time and effort into.

My original thought was to expose them to this information at nine-years-old, similar to myself. However, I decided that their first exposure to history would be Black history. I started teaching my oldest son at three-years-old.

Because three is such a young age, I could not lecture him. So, I decided to use story-telling and hands-on activities such as games, art, and play to expose him to this information.

My son thought learning black history was fun because of the hands-on activities we did together.

My son designed his own city like Benjamin Banneker designed Washington, DC

My son’s enthusiasm motivated me to share this information with other parents and children through a book called Our-Story Black History For Kids: Scientists. It has over 50 fun art, science experiments, and STEM DIY Projects to help children remember the scientific contributions of Black people.

What is Our-Story Black History for Kids about?

Our-Story Black History for Kids tells the story of 12 Black scientists and their contributions to our world. Each story takes the reader from the scientists’ early life to what they did to make a difference. Parents and children, ages 7 and up, will learn who invented the three way traffic light, Super Soaker Water Gun, Toilet Paper Holder and more.

How will it make Black history facts for kids memorable?

This book was written so parents and their children, ages 7 and up, could be exposed to Black history in a fun and engaging manner. Following each story are hands-on activities you can do at home, school, church, or in the community.

The art, science experiments, and STEM DIY projects help parents and children remember the scientific contributions of Black people. These activities were designed to keep your child’s interest and reinforce the main ideas of each story. Children of all learning styles, kinesthetic, auditory, and visual, will be engaged.

As an added bonus, you will see references to my son’s YouTube channel, Corban’s Fun Learning Adventures, after some of the stories. Here we share science experiments, DIY projects, and learning games for kids weekly.

My goal is that your child will be able to be at home or walk outside and pinpoint the contributions of Black people to our world. This connects with the philosophy that learning can take place anywhere.

I also want children get inspired by the information in the book and think of the infinite possibilities they have in life.  I hope this book encourages children to be innovators and change our world for the better.

Black History Inventors Easy and Fun Art Projects

Black History month is in February. This is a time to celebrate the contributions of black people to our world. In our household, my son and I learn black history year round. I am fortunate to be able to teach him black history because it is not taught within many our school districts. Today we will focus on black history inventors.

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My son, Cory, loves doing science experiments and wanted to learn about black history inventors and their inventions. For example, it was fascinating for him to learn that Lewis Latimer invented the carbon filament for the light bulb. This invention made the light bulb shine longer and brighter. Mr. Lewis worked very closely with Thomas Edison.

Hands-On Learning

I try to think of hands-on projects to help my son remember black history facts. Therefore, we decided to make replicas of the inventions we read about through art. Below are some of the art projects my son completed.

Black History Inventors Art Projects

One of the first black history inventors we learned about was Benjamin Banneker. At the age of 20, he took a watch apart to study the pieces and to find out how it works. In 1753, at the age of 22, he built a wooden clock from his discoveries. Many people came all over to see his clock, as it kept perfect time for more than 50 years.

To celebrate Mr. Banneker, we decided to make our own clock. Below is how we did it…

Build Your Own Clock

Materials Needed:

  • Paper Plate
  • Scissors
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Glue
  • Black Marker
  • Construction paper (2 different colors)
  • Paper Brad


  • Have your child build their own clock like Mr. Banneker.
  • Have your child paint the paper plate.
Cory paining the paper plate.
  • Draw a long and short clock handle on the construction paper.
    • This will represent the hour and minute hands.
  • Cut the handles out of the construction paper
These are the handles for the clock.
  • On another piece of construction paper, write numbers 1-12
  • Cut the numbers out individually and paste them on the clock
  • Poke a hole in the center of the paper plate
  • Insert the paper brad through the hour hand, minute hand, and the hole in the center of the paper plate.
  • Secure the paper brad by separating the tines of the legs and bend them over to secure the paper.


Here’s my son’s completed clock.

Another inventor we learned about was Phillip Downing. He created the street letter box, which was a tall metal box with a secure hinged door to drop letters. Before his invention, people who wanted to send mail had to go to the Post Office. The hinged door on the metal box prevented rain and snow from entering and damaging the mail. His invention allowed for people to drop their mail off near their home and to be picked-up by a mail carrier.

Our project below honors Mr. Downing’s contributions to our world…

Make Your Own Letter Box

Materials Needed:

  • Small or Medium sized cardboard box
  • Scissors
  • Blue sheets of construction paper.
  • Glue or Tape
  • Marker


  • Explain to your child that Philip Downing created the street letter box to save us a trip to the Post Office and to prevent our mail from becoming damaged.
  • Tape the cardboard box shut.
  • With adult supervision, cut a rectangle hole on the box.
We taped our box and cut a rectangle in the center
  • Tape any parts of the box that may have come apart.
  • Glue or tape the construction paper on the box so that it is fully covered.
Here my son is cutting blue construction paper to fit around the box.
  • Write the world “Mailbox” on the cardboard box and tape it to the front.
My son is writing the word “Mailbox” on paper
Here is our letter box to honor Philip Downing
  • Optional: Have your children write a short letter and put it in your newly created mailbox.

Our Bonus Project

This year we decided to take it a step further and create something more memorable. We made a t-shirt to honor a few of the black inventors we learned about.

Below my brother is wearing the shirts. If you want one, adult and kid T-shirts are available on Amazon.


Other Resources

If you are looking for an American History Curriculum, try activity packs and books by Monica Dorsey.

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55+ Black History Facts For Kids

February is Black History month! It is a time designated to celebrate the contributions of black people to this world. Black History Month was founded by Carter G. Woodson, who was a historian, author, and journalist.

I try to expose my son to black history year round so he will be knowledgable about the accomplishments of people that look like him.

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I wanted to share this knowledge with others. In many ways our lives are better because of the people listed below. This list recognizes a small number of noted Black people as there are many. Find out who invented the potato chip, golf tee, three-way traffic signal, and mailbox. I encourage you to do your own research and expand your child’s knowledge of the rich history.

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Let’s Get Started!

  1. Mansa Musa is the richest person in history with a net worth of $400 Billion.
  2. George Crum was a chef that invented the potato chip in 1853.
  3. Sarah Boone invented the first portable modern day ironing board.
  4. Lonnie G. Johnson is an Aerospace Engineer that invented the famous Super Soaker Water Gun.
  5. Philip Downing designed the first mailbox. He created a metal box with four legs, which he called the letter box. It was a predecessor to the mailbox.
  6. Charles Drew was a surgeon that developed a way to process and store blood plasma in “blood banks” that saved people’s lives. His blood bank was adopted by the Red Cross.
  7. Jacqueline Davidson (my college roommate) is an attorney who became one of the highest ranking women in the NFL when she was named as the Chief Negotiator for the New York Jets Professional Football Team.
  8. Sarah Goode invented a folding cabinet bed that could go against the wall into a cabinet or a desk with compartments for stationary and writing supplies. She became the first African American woman to receive a United States patent.
  9. Benjamin Banneker made the first clock, authored a series of almanacs, and helped design Washington DC.
  10. Lewis Latimer worked for Thomas Edison when he invented the light bulb. Latimer invented the carbon filament that made the light bulb brighter and last longer.
  11. Jan Matzeliger invented a shoe machine that would automatically sew the upper shoes and sole together. This created a large industry of shoe companies.
  12. Percy Julian was a chemist that made physostigmine readily available for the treatment of glaucoma (an eye disorder that can lead to blindness). He received over 130 chemical patients, and was the first African American inducted into the National Academy of Sciences.
  13. Bessie Coleman was the first woman to hold a pilot license. She was denied entry in flying schools in the United States. She taught herself French and moved to France to earn her pilot license.
  14. Alexander Miles was awarded a patent for an automatically opening and closing elevator door. He invented a mechanism that triggered the shaft doors to open and close along with the elevator door, making the ride safer.
  15. Madam C.J. Walker was the first American woman to become a self-made millionaire.
  16. W.E.B. Du Bois was the first African-American to earn a doctorate. He was one of the founding members of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1909.
  17. Meredith Gourdine invented the Incineraid system which prevented smoke from burning buildings and kept fog away from airport runways. He also invented the Focus Flow Heat Sink which is a device that kept computer chips cool.
  18. Alfred L. Cralle developed the idea of the ice cream scooper in 1897. He was a successful Pittsburgh business promoter as well.
  19. John Henry Thompson invented the computer language Lingo, which is used in many video games, animations, web design applications, and graphics programs.
  20. George Alcorn invented an imaging spectrometer which is a device that helps scientists identify what materials are made of. He also created 20 other inventions while working for NASA and IBM.
  21. Robert Smalls was a slave who escaped to freedom in a Confederate supply ship and eventually became a sea captain for the Union Navy. After the war, he became a successful businessman and politician serving in both houses of the South Carolina legislature.
  22. Granville Woods invented a transmitter that improved hearing over greater distances for the telephone.
  23. Daniel Hale Williams was one of the first physicians to perform open-heart surgery in the United States and founded a hospital with an interracial staff.
  24. Elijah McCoy was an inventor and engineer who is known for his 57 U.S. patents. He invented a way to lubricate steam engines without shutting them down, which saved a great amount of time and effort in transportation and in industrial production.
  25. Shirley Chisholm is the first black woman elected to the United States Congress.
  26. Garrett A. Morgan invented and patented the first chemical hair straightener, received a patent for the first gas mask, and invented the three-way traffic signal.
  27. George Washington Carver invented many uses for the peanut, sweet potato, pecans and soybeans. He made rubber, adhesives, dyes, pigments, and other products.
  28. Frederick McKinley Jones invented portable cooling units for trucks, trains, ships, and aircraft so products would stay cool when stored.
  29. James E. West invented a microphone that was smaller, lighter, and less expensive while working at Bell Laboratories in 1962.
  30. Nobert Rillieux invented a machine that used steam to evaporate water and keep sugar from burning and being discolored when it is produced. This machine is used today to make soap, glue, milk and other products.
  31. Dr. Patricia Bath is an ophthalmologist that invented a safer and more comfortable procedure for cataract surgery. Her Laserphco Phobe uses an optical laser to vaporize the cataract in a person’s eye.
  32. Dr. Mark Dean is a math genius who invented the 1-Gigahertz chip which made computers faster than ever.
  33. Otis Boykin created a wire resistor that allowed a certain amount of electricity flow to a component. This resistor was used in household appliances, computers, and pacemakers.
  34. Maria Van Brittan Brown and her partner, Albert Brown, invented a closed-circuit television security system that spearheaded modern security systems.
  35. Dr. Daniel Hale Williams was the first person to perform an open heart surgery.
  36. Benjamin Bradley invented a powerful steam engine at the age of 16 that helped warships travel faster at sea. He sold the idea in exchange for his freedom.
  37. Lloyd Hall invented several ways to preserve and sterilize food so it would not spoil when it is processed, packed and transported. He used heat, chemicals, and gas to eliminate the germs and bacteria in meat and other foods.
  38. Charles Brooks invented the first self-propelled street sweeper truck, which cleans the street.
  39. Dr. Mae Jemison is the first African American female to become an astronaut. She is an engineer and doctor.
  40. Dr. Ben Carson performed the first successful separation of Siamese twins who were joined at the back of the head.
  41. Henrietta Bradberry invented a new way for torpedoes to be discharged from submarines and subterranean forts.
  42. Andrew Beard invented the automatic car coupler which revolutionized railroad safety.
  43. Phillis Wheatley was a poet and master of the English Language. She write a poem in honor of George Washington and he praised her work.
  44. Richard Allen founded one of the first African -American Christian Churches. The first church was called the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME).
  45. John Russwurm and Samuel Cornish founded the first black newspaper in America.
  46. Dr. Shirley Jackson is an American physicist whose experiments in theoretical physics became the forerunner for the touch-tone telephone, the portable fax, caller ID, call waiting and fiber-optic cable.
  47. Marian Croak holds over 135 patents and is responsible for voice over Internet protocol which is the set of rules that makes it possible to use the Internet for telephone and videophone communication.
  48. Mary and Mildred Davidson invented the sanitary belt. Mary also invented the walker and toilet-tissue holder.
  49. Matthew Henson was at the first man to see the North Pole.
  50. James Weldon Johnson was a writer and musician that wrote the National Black Anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing”
  51. Carter G. Woodson is the “Father of Black History” and known for the development of “black historiography.” The is a body of history proven by the employment of scientific methods and procedures.
  52. Jack Johnson is the first back heavyweight champion of the world.
  53. Dr. George Grant invented the first golf tee. Before his invention, golfers carried buckets of sand from hole to hole and built sand mounds from which to hit the balls.
  54. Richard Spikes was an engineer who invented the beer tap and automobile gear shift and directional shift.
  55. Willis Johnson holds a patent for an improved egg beater which is considered an early version of the mixing machine.
  56. Benjamin Thorton invented the first answering machine. He created a device that could be attached to a telephone and set to record a message from a caller.


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