Harriet Tubman helped to create and operate the Underground Railroad that slaves followed to find their way to freedom. Relying on a network of secret meeting places, slaves were able to cross over to safer territories. Yet navigation was tough, and they relied on the stars to help them find their way. For the most part The North Star and the constellation of the Big Dipper were their guiding lights, and they referred to them collectively as the Drinking Gourd.
In this craft your child will create her own Drinking Gourd to hang in her window. This craft is an excellent way to learn about African-American history, and it also provides fine motor practise.