We asked kids what they look for in the market.

We hear from a little girl in Accra, Ghana who is preparing to surprise her mom with a party.

We follow the girl and her dad to a local market where we get to see the sights and sounds of the bustling market, she shows us the local fruits on offer, tries on some Kente attire, and introduces us to other wonderful experiences at the market.

What do you buy at the market? 

DIY Ladybug Magnets: 

Materials you’ll need:  

  • Bottle caps 
  • Red spray paint 
  • Black nail polish 
  • Thin paint brush 
  • X2 googly eyes per magnet 
  • Glue gun 
  • Glue 
  • 1cm round magnets 

 

How to make DIY Ladybug Magnets: 

** Remember to ask an adult to help you when using scissors and pins ** 

Step 1: Paint bottle caps red. You may need to do a few coats until the original surface of the bottle caps can no longer be seen. 

Step 2: Once the paint is dry, use black paint to draw a T and add some dots to the sides of it and fill out the top curve above the T. 

Step 3: Once dry, glue on the googly eyes. 

Step 4: Now use the glue gun to glue the magnet to the bottom of the ladybug to create the magnet and you could sell them at the market too. 

DIY Kente Weave bracelet: 

Materials you’ll need:  

  • Glue gun 
  • Scissors 
  • Colourful T-shirts 

 

How to make a DIY Kente Weave bracelet:  

** Remember to ask an adult to help you when using scissors and pins ** 

Step 1: Cut the t-shirt’s fabric into strips 4cm longer than your wrist circumference and group them into groups of threes.  

Step 2: Attach the end of each colour with a glue gun. 

Step 3: Braid the fabric tightly together. 

Step 4: Glue gun a 3cm(H) x 3cm (W) square fabric piece to attach the ends of the braids together neatly by wrapping the square piece around the braid ends. 

Step 5: Put the braided Kente weave bracelet on your wrist and show all your friends how to make them too! 

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