This remarkable man’s story is a truly inspiring tale – one that we should all share with our little ones. The lessons your children will learn from Nelson Mandela’s incredible journey will stick with them forever, and we’ve come up with some practical and fun ways for you to teach them about this amazing leader’s legacy through dirt.
A Purple Thumb for All
Prior to the historic South African elections of 1994, only white people were allowed to vote. This meant that people of colour were not being represented in parliament and by our constitution. But in 1994, with the help of Nelson Mandela and other freedom fighters, all South Africans were afforded their democratic right to vote, allowing all people to finally have their thumbs marked purple – a stamp of recognition that they cast their vote for a better tomorrow.
With this in mind here's a fun, messy and creative way to teach your little ones about this moment in our country’s history. Teach them about the importance of having a purple thumb by creating fun works of art out of mother nature’s earthy goodness – mud. Be sure to tell them to add their own thumb prints somewhere on the artwork. Oh, and don’t worry about muddy smudges and messy handprints on their shirts and skirts – OMO will sort that all out in no time at all!
Hurdles, Obstacles and Emerging Stronger than Before
Throughout his life, Nelson Mandela experienced and overcame many obstacles set in his path. One of the biggest obstacles he had to overcome was being imprisoned for nearly 27 long and hard years. He was imprisoned by the Apartheid Government for leading a revolution that sought to afford the same human rights to each and every South African – no matter the colour of their skin.
So get outside with your little ones and create your own outdoor obstacle course! This fun family activity will highlight the difficult, strenuous and draining circumstances that often accompany leaders like Nelson Mandela. Let your children wear those bright green grass stains and muddy splatters as badges of honour in their quests to learning more about the struggles Tata Madiba endured.