Building a Hawaiian Tiki Pole Craft and Writing Activities this AAPI Heritage Month

If you're seeking a unique and captivating writing and craft activity centered around Hawaiian tiki masks this Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, you're in for a delightful surprise! 

But first, what is a tiki mask? Tiki masks are iconic symbols often associated with Hawaiian and other Pacific Island cultures. They represent deities, ancestors, and mythological figures. 

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Learning about the history of tiki masks in the elementary classroom can be important for several reasons:

  1. Cultural Awareness: It helps students become aware of and appreciate different cultures, such as the Polynesian and Hawaiian cultures, where tiki masks have significant cultural and religious meanings.
  2. Art and Creativity: Studying tiki masks can ignite a spark of creativity in students, encouraging them to delve into art and craft activities. This allows them to create masks or artworks inspired by traditional designs and fosters a deeper understanding of cultural symbolism.
  3. Historical Context: Understanding the history of tiki masks provides students with a historical context, allowing them to see how art and culture intertwine and evolve.
  4. Symbolism and Meaning: Tiki masks often carry symbolic meanings related to deities, protection, or storytelling. Learning about these symbols can enhance students' understanding of symbolism in art and culture.
  5. Global Connections: The study of tiki masks transcends borders, offering students a window into traditions and practices from different parts of the world. This promotes cultural exchange, empathy, and a sense of global citizenship.
You can purchase this resource in my TPT store. It includes reading passages, such as The History of the Hawaiian Tiki Mask, A Significant Cultural Symbol of the Tiki Masks, Hawaiian Gods, writing prompts, and tiki mask and pole templates to create and design your own.

What other AAPI activities are you planning to do in the classroom?

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