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Martin Luther King Jr. Preschool Activities + Free Printable
Are you looking for some preschool resources to help you teach about Martin Luther King Jr. ? For preschoolers, breaking down the big concepts into small lessons can make a great impact. We can begin by introducing who MLK Jr was and how he had great hopes and dreams for the world children grew up in. We can use his tremendous efforts to teach little learners how to make the world a better place.
Martin Luther King Jr was an incredible man, activist, and role model as he devoted his entire life to seeking equality for all. While the beliefs and concepts that Martin Luther King Jr. stood behind can be complex for our preschool students, this is an incredible opportunity to teach about the importance of love and acceptance and putting kindness at the forefront of our actions. We've included some activities and ideas you can implement in your classroom for Martin Luther King Jr Day.
Martin Luther King Free Activities
Martin Luther King Jr. Day was first observed on January 20, 1986. In 1994 The national Martin Luther King Day of Service was established which encourages challenges Americans to transform the King Holiday into a day of citizen action through volunteer service which honors Martin Luther King Jr. legacy. Each year the day of service has been coordinated nationally by AmeriCorps.
Find a way to help in your community, and Learn more about about people in your community , Promoting Teamwork, and building a sense of belonging in your program.
I Have a Dream
As educators, we can teach our preschoolers how their choices and efforts truly impact the world. MLK Jr had a dream that he eloquently shared in his famous “I have a Dream,” speech. He worked hard towards bringing that dream to life. Ask your preschoolers about how they would dream of making the world a better place. You can extend this activity by creating an earth with a coffee filter and green/blue markers. Then take a picture of your preschooler with their arms up, holding the globe showing that they have the world in their hands. You can attach their “I have a dream” response to the bottom of the picture.
Grab a blank puzzle piece (snag a free print out on Google) and sit with preschoolers to ask how they can bring peace into the world. Preschoolers can color or decorate their pieces, and once every student has completed their pieces put together one big classroom peace puzzle.
Youtube videos are a great way to take a visual dive into history lessons in a much easier to understand way for preschoolers. They are also a great way to cater to your visual and auditory learners. We've included links to a few of our favorites.
Sesame Street MLK Video.
MLK Jr PBS Kids
Martin Luther King Song by the Kiboomers
Story of MLK Jr by Kid President
Martin Luther King Jr. Books
Read-alouds are one of the best ways to give preschoolers a glimpse into the history of real-life events. All of these books provide preschoolers with a glimpse into Martin Luther King Jr. and the important values he stood for like peace, the importance of community, and equality for all races and cultures. Preschoolers will better understand the events that transpired for MLK, but these read-alouds will also spark curiosity and build an opportunity for strong discussions.
A picture book of Martin Luther King Jr. by David A. Adler
The Story of Martin Luther King Jr. by Johnny Ray Moore
Martin Luther King Jr by Isabel Sanchez
Martin Luther King Jr by Elizabeth Cook
Martin Luther King Jr Day by Melissa Ferguson
I am Martin Luther King Jr. By Brad Meltzer
Who Was Martin Luther King Jr by Lisbeth Kaiser
I Am Brave: A Little Book about Martin Luther King, Jr. by Brad Meltzer
All Are Welcome by Alexandria Penfold
Child of the Civil Rights Movement by Paula Young Shelton
That is my Dream by Langston Hughes
Counting on Community by Innosanto Nagara
Random Acts of Kindness Ideas
Martin Luther King Jr Day is a great time to hone in on the importance of kindness. Kindness is a behavior that we can model and teach our little learners. You can aid your preschoolers in showing kindness by modeling the behavior and allowing them to practice kindness. Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day doing random acts of kindness is a fantastic way to celebrate his legacy and inspire your preschooler to spread kindness.
-Leaving a thank you letter for another school staff member
-Encouraging them to share a toy with a friend
-Holding the door for someone
-Tell someone in the classroom something you like about them
-Compliment a friend
We hope you enjoyed these ideas for celebrating MLK Jr. Day with your preschool students. Share one of your favorite ways to celebrate in the comments.
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