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Holiday Kids Crafts: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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In 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous speech, "I Have a Dream."  Today Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is being celebrated. With schools and other various places closed to observe this federal holiday, here are some fun kids crafts and activities to do with your family to celebrate and better understand the significance of this holiday.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Crafts

1. Come Together Poster

The idea for this cute poster comes from Vicky Moore.

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(Image provided by http://www.vickymoore2.com/holiday.cfm

Supplies:

  • Construction paper
  • Paint
  • Pencil
  • Paper plate
  • Glue
  • Notebook paper

Directions:

  • Fold construction paper so that the sides meet each other in the middle.
  • Place paint on a paper plate and place your hand in the paint.
  • Place handprint on flaps on the construction paper having them over cross each other.
  • On the inside, glue one piece of notebook paper.
  • Write your dreams on the notebook paper.

2. Fill in the Blank

This fill in the blank printable was created by First Grade and Fancy Free.

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(Printable provided by http://firstgradeandfancyfree.blogspot.com/2012/01/martin-luther-king-jr.html)

Directions:

  • Talk about Mr. King's speech and then have your family fill out the printables.

3. Peace Dove Garland

The idea for this super cute and easy peace dove garland is from Valerie Deneen.


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(Image provided by http://innerchildfun.com/2010/11/dove-garland.html)

Supplies:

  • Coffee filters
  • Dove template
  • Pencil
  • Scissors

Directions:

  • Put coffee filters together and fold in half.
  • Place dove outline over the filters and trace with the belly of the dove on the crease of the coffee filter.
  • Cut out the dove.
  • Attach to some string with tape.

4. I Have a Dream Scroll

This idea for this craft is from TLC.

Supplies:

  • Drawing paper
  • Markers and/or colored pencils
  • Two 9-inch wooden dowels
  • Transparent tape

Directions:

  • You can start by talking with your family about some of the dreams King talked about in his speech. Listen and read his speech: I Have a Dream.
  • Then, have your family write down what dreams they have.
  • After they are finished, attach the wooden dowels with tape to the top and bottom of the drawing paper.

 How do you celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with your kids?

 

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