Books To Read:
This board book is a great introduction to Dr. King for young children. Using simple language, it gives an account of Dr. King’s life. While the watercolor photos are beautiful, I found this book to be challenging to use with a group of preschoolers because the pictures don’t quite stand out. It worked wonderfully reading with a child one on one, though.
The best part about this book is that preschoolers get a glimpse into the boy who eventually became Dr. King. They will see that he had been left out, and had his feelings hurt, but that he channeled that pain into making sure no other children had to experience it. Be prepared for deep conversations with this book.
Activities to Do:
- Look through magazines together and find pictures of children of all nationalities. Help your preschooler cut the pictures out, and create a multicultural collage. Alternately, you could create a collage that illustrates some of the principles that Dr. King believed in, such as love and peace.
- Help preschoolers relate to Dr. King as a boy by completing this simple Dr. King and Me booklet. Just print it out and fold it in fours. Have your young learner draw pictures that relate to each fact about Dr. King. If you’re having trouble downloading the booklet from this site, use this link to get a printable PDF:http://bit.ly/mlkbook
- Create a simple chart that has the names of each of your family members on the top. Label the sides with Hair Color, Eye Color, Favorite Food, and other categories. Fill in the chart with information from the entire family. Compare the differences and similarities, and discuss how the differences don’t make you love each other any less…it just makes you that much cooler of a family!
- Teach your preschooler the lyrics to the song, “We Shall Overcome”. Talk about the word “overcome”. Discuss how Dr. King was working to help others overcome being mistreated. Change the lyrics with your preschooler to reflect something that is important to them (i.e. “I’ll be a good friend, I’ll be a good friend, I’ll be a good friend each day…”)
- Make this easy “I Have A Dream” Pillow with your little one. It’s a fantastic way to start a conversation about Dr. King’s beliefs. Find the instructions here: http://mamaknowsitall.com/2014/01/martin-luther-king-jr-i-have-a-dream-pillow.html
- Complete this MLK Find-A-Word with your older preschoolers. Although I’m typically NOT a worksheet person, this word search can be a good introduction to new vocabulary, and a conversation starter. If you are having trouble downloading the sheet from this site, check out this link to get a printable PDF version: http://bit.ly/VhqfzQ
- Make this super adorable Freedom Bell Craft. You can certainly use any cup if you don’t want to use styrofoam. You could also make the bell out of an egg carton.
|Freedom Bell source: http://www.twigglemagazine.com/January-activities/Martin-Luther-King-craft.html|