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20 Beautiful African Art Projects For Kids to Make at Home

20 great African art projects for kids

I love, love, love African art and find the colors, geometric shapes, and symbolism to be a perfect recipe for art projects that appeal to kids.

I’ve gone and rounded up 20 awesome ideas for African art projects that you can do with your kids (or all by yourself), and included some mystery bonus links. Read on! (All projects are listed clockwise from the top left.)

Lots of African Art Project ideas for kids

Maasai people collage – mixed media project from Mary Making, African masks using microwave dinner trays and other upcycled goodies from Artsy Miss MKente Cloth marker project from Crayola, Paper Mache African masks from Art for Small Hands.


Lots of African Art Projects for kids!

Ndebele Dolls project from We Heart Art, Milk jug African masks from Art WIth Mr. E, Maasai necklace project from Use Your Coloured Pencils, 1st graders made African lion oil pastel collages- from The Colors of My Day.



Video for how to make an African drum using styrofoam cups and colored tapes.



African mask projects- lots of African art projects African mask marker project by 3rd graders from Art is Basic blog, Mask art project in the style of Lois Mailou Jones, from Art Projects for Kids, Stunning African masks using pre-painted papers, from Mrs. Crosbie.


My plaster strips African Mask project for kids– including how-to video! Whoo!

20 great African art projects for kidswax resist batik project from A Faithful Attempt, African batik project from Kidipede, clay slab African masks from Hastings Art.

Bonus: Try making some of these African recipes with your kids to experience a new type of food. The south African curry looks amazing.


Kunte Kinta tribe masks project from Fem Manuals.

Bonus: explore these highlights of African art at the National Museum of African art with your kids.

Awesome African art projects for kids

African mud cloth project from Poppytalk, Glue Resist watercolor African animals from A Faithful Attempt, African Adrinka stamps project from Art is Basic.

Bonus: Here is a link to a site that shows the meanings of different Adrinka symbols.

Also see my post: 7 African Culture Children’s Books.

African art projects

Written by Joanne Gonzales

Joanne Gonzales has a passion for getting creative. Whether she is making personalized DIY gifts or taking part in larger arts and crafts projects, she puts her all into making new and beautiful things.

She lives with a group of close friends and believes in the natural way of life. Joanne has built an outdoor arts and crafts gallery that overlooks the countryside in her hometown, which is where all of her creations come to life.

Art started off as a hobby, but over time Joanne has mastered her skills and sold some of her favorite pieces. She works full time as a florist and has done for many years. It helps keep her creative juices flowing and she hopes to one day open her own florist shop with a twist.


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  1. I’m with you on the awesomeness of African art. I love that orange-y striped mask in the first collage. Did you see the African folktale book list I put together last week? Some of them have illustrations with stylized masks.

    • I love that mask, too- it’s like bug-meets-Africa. 🙂 Oooooh, I’ll go check out your African folktale books right now.

  2. Wow! These are fabulous!! And use Erica from What Do We Do All Day’s African Folk Tales list for books to make this a unit!

    • We may just have something brewing for the future…. Yippee!

  3. Excellent, excellent, excellent!

    Thank you so much for sharing!

    We are definitely going to use these for school. Awesome!

    • Yay! I’m so glad- there are some pretty awesome projects in here.

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