Move over, Christmas. January has another holiday that celebrates a revered figure in American history—Martin Luther King Jr. day. This year, why not get into the spirit of things and try some fun MLK Jr. day preschool activities with your little one?
From crafting to learning about Dr. King’s life and work, these activities will make the day memorable for you and your child. So break out the construction paper and crayons, and let’s get started!
Read a Book About Dr. King.
One way to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with your preschooler is to read a book about him together. There are many great children’s books about Dr. King, his life, and his work.
Reading together is a great way to learn about new people and topics, and it can also be a bonding experience for you and your child.
Make a Collage.
Another fun activity you can do with your preschooler to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day is to make a collage together. You can use construction paper, magazines, or anything else around the house to create a collage that celebrates Dr. King’s life and work. This is an excellent activity for promoting creativity and fine motor skills.
Have a Discussion.
You can also take some time on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to discuss with your preschooler what they know about Dr. King and what he did.
This is an excellent opportunity to teach your child about essential topics such as equality and civil rights. It’s also a chance for you to answer any questions your child may have about Dr. King or the holiday itself.
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Do an Art Activity.
There are many different art activities that you can do with your preschooler to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. You could make paintings of the American flag, draw pictures of famous civil rights leaders, or even create your own “I Have a Dream” speech bubble art project.
Whatever you choose to do, art is a great way to express yourself and have fun at the same time!
Listen to Music.
Listening to music is another excellent way to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with your preschooler. Many songs out there honor Dr. King’s life and work, such as “We Shall Overcome” and “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”
Listening to music together is a great way to get in the holiday spirit and learn more about its meaning simultaneously.
Watch a Movie.
Several excellent movies about Martin Luther King Jr., such as “Selma” and “The Great Debaters.” Watching one of these movies with your child is a great way to teach them about his life and legacy.
You can find these movies online or at your local library or video store. So why not gather your family together and spend quality time watching one of these films on Martin Luther King Jr. Day?
Learn about the Civil Rights Movement.
The Civil Rights Movement was a time when African Americans fought for their rights to be treated equally. Encourage your child to learn more about this critical time in history by visiting a local museum or doing research online.
Plant a tree.
Trees play an essential role in our environment and symbolize growth and new beginnings. Planting a tree is a great way to teach your child about the importance of caring for our planet while also honoring Dr. King’s legacy.
One of the best ways to teach your child about helping others is to volunteer your time at a local food bank, soup kitchen, or other charitable organization.
This is a great way to help those in need while showing your child the importance of giving back to the community.
Whether you choose to read a book, do an art activity, or listen to music on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, there are many ways for you and your preschooler to celebrate this important holiday together. So get creative and have fun!