Martin Luther King Jr Day Art

1 very large cloud cut out of poster board. inside it let it say i have a dream. let small clouds hang at different lengths with child’s name and dream in it.

After reading several MLK books, my class and I make an “I have a dream” quilt to put on our wall. We talk about Dr. Luther’s dream, and then I let the children draw theirs. We end up with a lot of different ideas, but all wonderful. We then put the pictures on the wall and border it with construction paper. Makes a great display.

Go to a local merchant, like a bread store, or a specialty store in your area, and ask if they would like to participate in “I Have a Dream” bags. Explain to the store owner that you will talk to your children about MLK Day, and have the children decorate one or two of the bags with their artwork, consisting of “their” dream, or one of MLK’s dreams. Then explain to the store owner that he/she would get the bags back so they could bag items in them….on a Saturday because that’s when most stores get their business). Write the child’s first name Only, on the bag with the preschool they attend, and their age, with “I Have a Dream” written on the top of the bag. Explain then take the bags back to the store you had them donated from and the store clerk would use them to bag people’s items in. This way people would get a little piece of a child’s artwork to take home. Explain to the store owner that it would be great business because most of the parents would want to come buy things from their store so they would have the chance to get a hold of their child’s bag.

Nothing major, but after we talked about Dr King and when his birthday is the children all did some process art and made balloons and birthday cake for Dr King and just made a birthday bulletin board for him.

I copied off a picture of a cloud and wrote at the bottom I have a dream. The child told us what they wanted to be when they grew up and we wrote it down. We also glued some cotton on the cloud. We make  of the yearbooks, so this is a great piece the kids and parents can look back at years down the road.

For Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

You can cut out footprints for each child, and have them tell you a “dream” of theirs to write on it. After you write their dream you can give them flesh tone markers or crayons to color it their skin colors.

For a Martin Luther King activity my assistant and I divide  my students into small groups. The children mix tempra paint (with a dot of dish soap in it to prevent stains setting) to match what they perceive to be their own skin tones. They all start with a dot of brown paint (the same color as Dr. King). We offer peach, white, black, and orange in addition to the brown paint. As we mix the paint we discuss that even though we are all different skin tones, we are all alike in many ways too. We then have the children paint a friend’s hand to make handprints. We cut each child’s handprint out and glue it on a heart labeled with the child’s name. We place all the hearts on a bulletin board with the caption “Love Comes in Many Colors”. This bulletin board also carries over into Valentine’s Day. It is very interesting to see how the children perceive themselves, and if the other children can guess which handprints belong to their friends.

DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. BIRTHDAY Art Activity: Cut a large heart shape of construction paper for each student. Use tempera paints (Blue, red, green and yellow). Each student paints their hands with the different colors and places their various color handprints on the cut-out heart shape. Punch a hole at the top of the heart shape and use different colors of ribbon to hang up the heart shapes. Take about sharing, and working together so that we can keep Dr. King’s Dream Alive. This is a good multi-sensory exercise to teach colors, shapes and body awareness concepts.

Friendship Wreath – I send home enough colored paper for parents to trace their child’s hand six to eight times and ask that they return the child’s hand tracing “cut-out” with the child’s name on each one (each child gets a different color of paper) when the hands are returned we talk about everyone being friends and how nice it is to share and things on better when we share then the children trade one of their hand cut outs with another child and continue trading until they have different colors instead of just one color and then they each glue all the hands around a paper plate to form a wreath and then add a nice bow.

For MLK day I get two large pieces of butcher paper and cut them in cloud shapes. I then let the children paint on one side and then on the other piece they paint their handprints and we put the child’s dream on it. example: I have a dream that someday…(fill in child’s dream)

Hands in Friendship I get a really large sheet of construction paper for each child and put their name in the center. Underneath their name put their hand-print using tempera paint. Then you can have other children from the class put their hand-prints all around their friends and include their name. It might be helpful to put a box around the center print and name to help keep the papers straight! This is a great activity to invite parents in to help- I usually have three adults to help. Also, you may want to do this activity over a period of a few days, to give some of the hand-prints time to dry. These make great placemats or end of the year gifts if you can get them laminated.