5 Easy Crafts to Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month

May 21, 2021

May is the month of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month.  What is AAPI Month and why is it important?

AAPI Heritage Month began in 1977 as a ten-day celebration of Asian Pacific American contributions to this country. In 1992, President George H.W. Bush signed a law expanding the celebration to the entire month of May.  Asian American and Pacific Islander is the fastest growing demographic in the United States. Asian American and Pacific Islander cultures are so rich in culture and diversity because they are represented in more than 30 countries — including the entire Asian continent and the Pacific Islands — and encompass more than 100 different languages. Yet the experiences of this group have long been overlooked and misinterpreted. And an increase in anti-Asian violence over the past year underscores the need to foster more awareness and understanding.

But what does that mean for kids? Research shows that representation matters: When children see themselves reflected in books, movies, and other media, it empowers them to imagine more possibilities for their future. And for all kids, learning about other cultures nurtures empathy and a broader view of the world.

Below are five Asian and Pacific Islander inspired crafts that you can create together as a family, for just a few dollars:

  1. Paper Plate Hand Fans 

These are simple and fun to make, and they use common craft supplies.


  1. Diwali Elephants  

These colourful little elephants modelled in Fimo (Model Magic) are durable and long-lasting. Hang them in your home as Diwali decorations or try making a selection to give as gifts.

  1. Easy Toilet Paper Roll Tiki Mask Craft for Kids 

Tiki Mask Toilet Paper Rolls are really very easy to make! Basically, take a printout of Tiki Mask examples, study the features and look at the ones you like best. 

  1. Japanese Carp Kite 

These Japanese Carp Kites make some beautiful projects for children to make when learning about Japanese culture. 


  1. Cupcake Liner Dumpling Craft. 

Who doesn’t connect through food? Here is a fun list of Asian food inspired picture books + share a cute cupcake liner dumpling craft. 

We hope you enjoy sharing a bit of culture and cuisine with your kids this month for AAIP Heritage Month! Happy connecting and crafting, Stefani xo 

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