Martin Luther King Jr. Day Activity!

Happy Monday y’all! The kids all have this chilly day off in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.
One of my favorite things to do with the kids is plan “half-way homeschooling” lessons with them; which are essentially school like fun that I make them do when they want to be watching television and videos. I’m a mean mom like that, you know?

Anyway, I couldn’t help but begin to browse Pinterest for a book to read and a project to do as we came up to this Monday. I knew it was going to be chilly out, so I wasn’t too worried about taking up a lot of time, but everything IMG_8603I found on Pinterest seemed to really focus on the “I have a dream…” speech and the kids own dreams. I wanted to incorporate both things they could do as well as things Dr. King did.

So I began browsing my bookcase and thinking about walking down to our local library when out popped “Martin’s Big Words” by Doreen Rappaport(Illustrated by Bryan Collier). The first thing to jump out at me was the amazing illustrations on the pages; they were gorgeous. I also loved the story that it told. It didn’t sugarcoat the movement, but it was also quite obviously written for younger children, so it didn’t get too involved in the nitty gritty details. In the IMG_8602 (2)back however, it had more information for Princess, who loves to learn and was so interested in getting more dates and more facts about Dr. King’s life.

I began reading this book to them, I traced their hands and told them to decorate the outsides of the paper while I read. That kept their hands busy as I was reading through and the interruptions to a minimum. I read this with a 7, 5, 3, and 22 month olds…so there definitely were still some!

After we finished reading the book, we had something to write in each finger. In the thumb, I had them write a kind, “big” word they could use to make other people feel better. In the pointer finger, they wrote someone they lIMG_8606 (2)oved(and as you can see Princess decided to write Martin Luther King Jr-I love that kid!). In the middle finger went one thing MLK did, the ring finger was something King fought for. And finally, in the pinkie finger, I encouraged them to think of it as a “pinkie promise” and write one thing they would do this week to promote love and peace like MLK. These didn’t work as great with the 22 month old, who kindly used “monster” and “big truck” for all the prompts, but the other kids seemed to put thought into each one.

Another halfway homeschooling win in the Bellows home this morning!

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And now they’re all outside, trying to ignore the single digit cold.
What did you guys do for MLK day with your kids?

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2 thoughts on “Martin Luther King Jr. Day Activity!

  1. I live in Canada so we don’t have MLK day, but this is a wonderful activity and a great way to teach your kids something inspiring in a fun way. I love it!

  2. This is a great activity and a wonderful way to commemorate MLK Jr. Day! As my daughter gets older, I definitely want to do things like this with her to celebrate her heritage, as well as, introduce her to influential African American leaders. Thanks so much for sharing and I’m glad it went well!

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