Enrichment Activities for Youth from Black Owned Brands

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Summer is a time for recreational activities as youth are out of school.  It is also the time to keep them engaged in learning, as over summer, youth tend to lose academic gains made across the school year.  Mathematics is more affected than English Language Arts and over time these loses put youth at more of a disadvantage.  How much depends on what happens over summer.  Children and youth who engage in high quality enrichment are less affected.

High quality enrichment offers children and youth opportunities to learn new skills, build on current skills, be creative, develop and strengthen good habits.  Summer enrichment need not feel like school.  Activities can support their interests, be engaging, and consistent with their age and ability.

Depending on what children are used to, caregivers may need to strategize to encourage youth engagement in appropriate enrichment.  This may involve offering choices, incentives, and encouragement, and in what one noted educator coined, requiring them to “earn the right to chill.”

In this post, we present enrichment activities from black owned brands, with a focus on elementary and middle school youth.  These include apps, board games, puzzles, flash cards, work/activity books and more.  See the following descriptions and products for details.

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AfrokidsAfrokids offers an online subscription ($5.00 a month) with enrichment and educational activities (grouped by age) to promote self esteem, cultural pride, life lessons, respect, and responsibility.  It includes videos, folk-tales, interactive games, coloring pages, math and phonics, and extensive black history content.


APPSapps pathum-danthanarayana-466070-unsplashPathum Danthanarayana

Apps are available online through mobile and other devices, and through various streams (e.g., Google Play, the iPhone APP store, and Amazon).


BOARD GAMESboardgame begin-beginning-cubes-2923Breaking Pic

Board games encourage youth to be strategic and logical, and also promote attention,  concentration, and social skills.  Players learn to think and respond logically and strategically.  Board games are also relaxing.  There are several board games from black owned brands that teach valuable and specific skills.


FLASHCARDSflash card art-butterfly-card-955458-1Raw Pixel

Flashcards contain important bits of information with a prompt (e.g., picture, letter or word) on one side and more detailed information on the other.  Flashcards can promote active learning whereby youth look at the prompt and try to guess or remember what is on the other side.  Subsequently, youth can compare how well their answers matched. In addition to learning content, flashcards can help youth improve on what it takes to learn and remember.


PUZZLESpuzzle hans-peter-gauster-252751-unsplashHans-Peter Gauster

Puzzles support planning and imagination, problem solving, and creativity.


VIDEOS and COMPACT DISCSvideo con-karampelas-1178812-unsplash Con Karampelas

A range of videos are available that are educational and culturally representative with positive messages.  Videos can be a source of reflection and discussion about important  life lessons.

  • Bino and Fino offer DVDs that teach children about African culture.  They are designed for children between 3 and 6 years of age.
  • Kidz Mic offers a music CD that adapts lyrics and tunes from popular songs into child friendly songs with positive messages.  The music is sung by children with themes on self-esteem, responsibility, and more.
  • Sweet Blackberry offers a selection of child centered DVDs about various African American historical figures.
  • The Imagination Agency offers a cartoon video about an aspiring movie maker that is available on their website.

WORK (ACTIVITY AND COLORING) BOOKSworkbook santi-vedri-707620-unsplash-1Santi Vedrí

Workbooks allow children to practice and develop skills in an interactive way.  Coloring supports fine motor skills, imagination, concentration, and relaxation.


For other reading materials, you are encouraged to review our “Books” page to find an abundance of content that is culturally and developmentally appropriate.  These include  children’s books about coding.

In reviewing these activities I hope you find tons of enrichment products that work for you and your family.

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See the following sources for more information about summer learning and enrichment.

  1. Alexander, Karl L., Entwisle, Doris R., Olson, Linda S. “Lasting consequences of the summer learning gap.”  April 2007.  American Sociological Review, volume 7, pages 167 – 180.
  2. Color Psychology.  “10 benefits of coloring pages for kids’ psychology and development.”  https://www.colorpsychology.org/10-benefits-of-coloring-pages-for-kids-psychology-and-development/
  3. Dewar, Gwen.  “Board games for kids:  Can they teach critical thinking?”  12 November, 2018 https://www.parentingscience.com/board-games-for-kids.html
  4. Logic Roots.  “8 surprising health benefits of playing board games.”  22 November, 2018.  https://logicroots.com/MathBlog/8-surprising-health-benefits-of-playing-board-games/
  5. Myers, Pam. “Why puzzles are good for your child’s development.” 2 November, 2011.  https://childdevelopmentinfo.com/child-activities/why-puzzles-are-good-for-your-childs-development/#.XP1G0I97mUl
  6. National Center on Afterschool and Summer Learning Enrichment.  “Summer learning & enrichment tips for school-age care providers.” May 2019.  https://childcareta.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/public/ncase_summer_tipsheet_providers_508c.pdf
  7. Sheffield, Donald E.  “Practices makes Perfect – NOT! Excellence is a habit.” 5 May, 2009.
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4 thoughts on “Enrichment Activities for Youth from Black Owned Brands

  1. This was right on time!!! My nieces just got out of school for the summer and this is great material for them. Thanks so much!!!

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