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MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY
 
ART
HELPING HANDS POSTER
Set out a large sheet of butcher paper, and some paint trays.
Have your children take turns making hand prints all over the paper.
When everyone has had a turn and the poster is dry, take a large black marker and write something like “Room 5’s Helpful Hands”
 
FRIENDSHIP WREATH
Set out some pre-cut (or purchased) hand prints in various shades of skin tones.
Set out paper rings cut from heavy paper, glue and glue brushes.
Have your children each take a paper ring and then glue hands around the ring in various colors.
 
DOVES OF PEACE
Set out some paints or watercolors and have children paint a 9” x 12” piece of paper with bright colors.
When the paint is dry, set out a shallow pan of thick white paint.
Have children take turns dipping a hand in the paint and then making an impression on top of their painted papers.  (Their hand should be held with thumb out and other fingers together, with hand tilted to the side.
The impressions should resemble white doves. 
When dry, take a thin black pen and draw a beak, an eye for each dove.
 
FRIENDSHIP BRACELETS
Cut out colorful 1” x 7” strips of paper.
Set out some colored markers and let your children decorate these strips, however they want.
Then set out some miscellaneous stickers.
Have your children use the stickers to tape the two ends of the strips together.
These strip bracelets become friendship bracelets when the child then gives them to his friends.
Make sure that all children are given one or two bracelets.
 
GAMES

 
CIRCLE GAMES
Circle games are great to stress the importance of working together.  Suggestion:
Form a circle and have one child go into the middle.
Children in the circle hold hands. 
The child in the middle tries to break out of the circle by running through two children’s locked hands.
 
FRIENDS MEMORY
Make a memory game of the children in your room.
Take pictures of your children.
Make two copies of each picture.
Paste the copies onto small index cards.
Turn the cards upside-down and place in two or three rows.
Have two children at a time, take turns turning over two cards, looking for a matching pair.
Play like other Memory games.
 
DISCRIMINATION ACTIVITY
This really is not a game, but it is a great activity to teach your child that discrimination isn’t fair.  Whenever you are going to go somewhere, or do an activity, choose some children over others to go first.  Such as:
Children with blue eyes can go outside first.
Children with white shoes can have their snack first.
Children with red hair, go to the front of the line.
 
GOOD CITIZEN AWARDS
Make one or two “Good Citizen Awards that can be pinned on children.
When you catch a child being a good citizen (or friend) pin the award on that child.
The following day, have the child (or children) look for someone else to pin their award onto.
 
LANGUAGE
 
I HAD A DREAM CLASS BOOK
Have each of your children draw a picture of something they would dream or wish for our world.
Take each picture and write a few words at the bottom to explain the picture.
  Place the pictures in a class book.
Encourage children to read the book.
 
PROBLEM SOLVING STORIES
Look for stories to read to your children that show how a character solved a problem.
Discuss how the character solved a problem.
As a follow-up activity, voice a problem to a child (or the class) and see how they would solve it.

 
FRIENDSHIP STORIES
Look for stories to read to your children that show the characters making friends or being a good friend to someone else.
Discuss what it means to be a good friend.
As a follow-up activity, voice a situation where one child could use a friend and ask your children how someone could do a friendly act.
 
FAMOUS QUOTES
You may want to introduce your children to some of the quotes by Martin Luther King, Jr., such as:  “I have a dream, that one day my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”  Aug. 28, 1963.
 
SCIENCE
 
BLACK INVENTORS
Now or while you are studying Black History Month, you might want to investigate one of the many inventions, invented by black inventors.  Such as:
Garrett Morgan – invented the traffic light.
Sarah Boone – invented the ironing board.
George Sampson – invented the clothes dryer.
W. H. Sammon – invented the hair comb.
George Grant – invented the golf tee.
Washington Carver – invented peanut butter.
 
SNACKS
 
SHARE A SNACK
You might want to have snacks this week where everyone brings in something to share, or each child contributes to the preparation of the snack.  Such as:
Trail mix – every child mixes in a different ingredient.
Fruit salad – every child contributes a chopped up fruit.
 
MUSIC
 

I HAVE A BRACELET
I have a bracelet that says “I Care”.
I have a bracelet that says “I Share”.
I wear my bracelets all of the time
To help me remember – to always be kind.
                                                Jean
Make paper bracelets for your children to wear with these sayings on them.
 

EQUALITY FOR ALL
Tune:  “Yankee Doodle”

Once there was a man named King
Who dreamed that everyone
Would not be judged by their looks,
But by the work they’d done.

Martin Luther was his name.
Let’s help his dream come true.
Equality for everyone.
It’s up to me and you!
                          Jean Warren
 

 
PRIZE FOR PEACE
Tune:  “Yankee Doodle”

Once there was a man named King
Who won the Prize for Peace.
He worked hard and he helped
Discrimination cease!

Martin Luther was his name.
He dreamed a special dream.
He dreamed the world was full of love
And peace and harmony!
                         Jean Warren
 

PEACE FOR EVERYONE
Tune:  “BINGO”

Was a man, who had a dream
Of peace for everyone.
P-E-A-C-E,  P-E-A-C-E, P-E-A-C-E
Peace for everyone!
                        Jean Warren

 
HAPPY BIRTHDAY

You can also have your children sing “Happy Birthday” to Martin Luther King, Jr.