February is National Black History Month. Celebrate with the children in your care the Little Tikes way. Make learning fun and enjoyable by having children act out some of these notable African Americans using Little Tikes products while you teach them about impact that each individual had on history. Here are a few interesting facts and ideas for ways that you can incorporate Black History Month into your lesson plans.
Did you know that Jackie Robinson was the First African American Baseball player in the Major League? He was brought up from the farm leagues to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers where he spent the rest of his career from 1947-1956. In 1962 Jackie Robinson became the First African American to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Click here to read more about Jackie Robinson’s great accomplishments. Encourage the children in your lives to live up to their dreams and help them realize that there is no limit to their potential in everything they do. Try playing a game of baseball with the Little Tikes TotSports™ T-Ball Set. This T-ball set is great for beginning batters and includes an easy-to-use oversize bat, 2 oversize baseballs and an adjustable height “T” that adapts to a child’s developing skills.
Did you know that before Michael Jordon and LeBron James that Harry Lew paved the way? Harry Lew was the first African-American professional basketball player in 1902. He was a brilliant defensive player and often times used his athletic experience and the challenges that he encountered to teach his family what life was about. Click here if you want to find out more about great African American firsts. Encourage children to persevere and keep their spirits up just like Harry Lew by slam dunking with our popular Just Like the Pros™ Basketball Set™ .
Most children know who Tiger Woods is, but do they know who Charlie Sifford is? Charlie Sifford was the first African-American to win a PGA Tour event in 1967 at the Greater Hartford Open Invitational. Following in the footsteps of his success, was Tiger Woods who won his first golf major, The Masters, by a record margin of 12 strokes in April of 1997, becoming the youngest Masters winner and the first winner of African decent. Click here to read about these and other fun facts about Tiger Woods. Encourage children to get a hole-in-one with the Little Tikes TotSports™ Drive and Putt Golf Set just like Charlie Sifford and Tiger Woods.
Celebrate Black History Month this February by teaching your children about these great firsts and many, many others in all fields from art, science, music, sports, human rights, etc. Happy Black History Month from Little Tikes!