My son has been learning about Ghana as part of our study of folktales around the world. We recently did a fun art project to make Adrinka cloth.
Adrinka is a traditional hand-printed fabric made in Ghana. To do our project we used instructions from PBS Kids’ Africa, and it turned out very nicely. He picked the “Moon and Star” design from the PBS website to use to make a print.
First he drew the design on an eraser, and then cut it out with a craft knife.
Here is how it looked after it was all cut out. It looks more like a flower than a star, but that is how the design he was copying looked too.
Then he used black paint and stamped the design onto paper. He found out that using a paint brush to put the paint on worked better than dipping the stamp into the paint. I liked this project because it was relatively simple and we were able to do it with things we already had around the house. But even though the concept was simple it held his interest, and I think he learned from it.