Martin Luther King Jr Day Art activities for preschoolers through second grade.
I make a long paper doll chain, 1 person for each child including myself. We all lay on the floor and color ourselves. “We are all friends”.
We have the children in our class color a picture of the globe. We then have them glue it onto a blue piece of construction paper. We then have them glue people shapes out of various colors to represent different races. On the top we write “I have a dream”.
have different color construction paper cut in strips cut out medium size hearts to glue on front of strips. talk to the children about Martin Luther King’s dream of everyone loving each other
What we did to promote peace was to take a very large piece of bulletin board paper and cut it up into a bunch of puzzle pieces. We then had students write on the puzzle pieces what they thought MLK Jr.’s dream was, or what they thought peace was. They could write words or draw pictures…it was pretty open-ended. In the end, we took all of the puzzle pieces and put them together to show how all of us, no matter who we are or where we come from, fit together like a large puzzle.
For MLK’s birthday we had our 4-year-olds use their hands and paint. First, we talked about diversity and sharing. Then at the art table, the children chose their flesh tone from our paint supply and made a handprint. Then they were asked to pick another flesh tone that was different from theirs and their other handprint was in that color. We had them match up the thumbs on the paper for unity. It turned out really cute and the parents loved it!
Paint two puzzle pieces- one brown and the other peach or white. Glue them together so it looks like they are holding hands. Glue a pin that you can buy at the craft store on the back and wear with pride…
I will have different color squares in the art area for children to choose from. The children will draw a picture of what they Dream of being when they grow up and we put all the squares together and call this our Dream Quilt.
This is a very simple but cute idea. Cut a large piece of paper into a circle to represent the world. Have the children paint it blue. Next-cut out simple shapes of people (or trace the child’s hand) using multicultural colored paper. Have the children glue them onto the world. We tell the children the only stipulation is that the shapes must touch each other. For a nice finishing touch, we add some great song lines done on the computer and cut out in balloon fashion. ex. “We are the world, we are the children…” “United we stand…” It was fun for the teachers to come up with the lines.
Last year our tow-year-olds did this very interesting group art project. It was done on a level that they could understand. We cut pictures of people out of magazines. The first paper was labeled “Before Dr. King”; we had the children paste only white people here. The middle sheet of paper was a multicolored finger paint project in where the children just used their fingertips. When it was dry we put a picture of MLK in the center. On the last picture we Labeled it “After Dr. King” and had the children pasted on pictures of people from all walks of life. The parents loved the idea and it looked so cute on the wall.
we made handprint doves using white paint, googly eyes (or dip pinkies into black to make eyes) and paint an orange beak or glue on a small orange felt triangle. paint both hands white, but only one thumb should be used (as the dove’s head). stamp splayed hands onto construction paper and decorate with eyes and beak. we made these for Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, but can be made anytime you want to celebrate peace