June is National Pride month, and honors the Stonewall uprising in June 1969 which originally ignited the gay rights movement. LGBTQ+ communities come together to celebrate the freedom to be themselves, taking pride in who they are.
While Samir and I have taken Bubba and marched in the Pride parade in Houston in 2 of the last 4 years, due to COVID, this year’s celebrations have been delayed to the Fall.
However, we’ll still celebrate Pride month! Because I love crafting time to teach Bubba about different things and the conversations we have, here are 5 fun crafts to celebrate Pride and the LGBTQ+ community!
Topics to discuss while crafting:
- Families come in all shapes and sizes
- Just like mom and dad love each other, men can love men and women can love women. Define the terms gay and lesbian. We haven’t introduced transgenderism to him yet, but will do so in the next year or so (before he heads to Kindergarten).
- Gender identity – there are no “girl” toys / colors / activities or “boy” toys / colors / activities. We’ve struggled with this with Bubba – at school, he only plays with boys (sometimes, one girl). When we ask why, he says the girls don’t want to play with them but who knows?
Now, onto the crafts!
1) Make a Pride Yard Sign
We made this yard sign to celebrate both Pride month and show our support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
To do the heart, we took scraps of permanent vinyl and Bubba and my cousins stuck the various strips down into our taped around heat. This can also be done with paint (pom poms would be a fun texture) or washi tape if it’s weather resistant!
2) DIY String Heart
I love this heart string art by sugarbeecrafts! I would put a phrase like “Love Is Love” or “Love Wins” in the middle!
3) Melted Crayon Art
Have extra crayons lying around? Create this beautiful rainbow crayon art!
Love the phrase “Don’t be afraid to show off your true colors” for this one!
4) Pride Flag!
Did you know the original Pride flag designed by Gilbert Baker had 8 colors? See the history here.
Color your own Pride flag and write down the meanings of each of the colors!
There have been movements to add colors to the Pride flag (esp black and brown to acknowledge the struggles of LGBTQ+ people of color), but the 6 color flag remains pretty universal.
5) Rainbow crafts!
Rainbows with all their colors are also a universal symbol for the LGBTQ+ community. There are tons of fun rainbow crafts out there – Bubba and I recently did a color blending rainbow on wood (dinos on sale here!). This would be a great piece to write a fun phrase in support of Pride!
Here are couple more rainbow crafts you probably already have supplies on hand for!
Check out our diversity printables for a free Love is Love coloring page!