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Martin Luther King Jr. Day Theme Art
Peaceful Classroom Hearts
Materials Needed: Assorted colors of construction paper, supply of heart shaped tracers (hearts cut out of stock paper or manila folders); markers, scissors, assorted arts and crafts items (sequins, ribbon, etc.) and glue.
Children choose a color of paper and trace a heart on it with a marker.
They then cut out the heart as best they can.
Encourage them to write their own name on the front of their cut out heart.
Ask each child to name ONE thing that would make their preschool class a peaceful place to be so that everyone is happy and safe at school.
Write their responses on their heart.
Tell them to decorate the heart AROUND the words you just wrote so that you can still see the words!
When dry, hang up as a display with the caption "How our Classroom Stays Peaceful".
VARIATION: One year, we taped a piece of paper of their response and they decorated that as well. When dry, the hearts were hung on a display wall and the parents lifted each paper to read each child's response!
Buddy Hand Print Collage
Provide a piece of paper as large as your art table! Place out different colors of fingerpaint and have the children cover the paper with their prints. Show them how to use their hands to "stamp" the paper.
EXTENSION: Fingerpaint is NO fun unless you can just wipe your hands all over the paper!
Tell the children that first they are going to just make hand prints on the paper. When done, you will place another large piece on the table for them to do what they want with!
Martin Luther King, Jr Day Theme Circle Time Ideas
Circle Time is such a great time for children to learn the social skills of being together as a large group AND to learn more about Martin Luther King, Jr!
What is a hero?
Ask the children if they know what a hero is? Accept all answers.
Explain that a hero is someone that a person thinks is brave, and honest (noble). It is someone who people really like and would want to BE like someday!
Ask who their hero is? Who do they want to be like someday? Write their answers down.
Explain that Martin Luther King, Jr. was a man who is a hero to many. He worked hard toward peace--ALL people getting along and being treated the same. Back then, people were treated badly if they did not have the same color skin.
Dr. King wanted to change that. He made a speech--or long talk--that he had a dream that someday, ALL people would get along no matter what color their skin was.
Sing one of the songs from the songs listed in the Music and Movement section below.
Read a book about Martin Luther King, Jr. You may need to improvise as most books I've seen are too "old" for this age group. Though many of the books state PreK-2nd grade, I find them more geared to lower elementary.
Ask questions or allow children to ask questions as you read the book to them.
Martin Luther King Jr., Day Theme Ideas to Transform Your Dramatic Play Area
Materials Needed: Continue your cooperation and helping others with this traditional and popular set up! This area is always an area where children need to learn compromise as they decide who will "be the Mom, the Dad, the baby, the teenager, etc.".
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Activities for the Senses!
Share and Help
Materials Needed: Any that you decide will work for this theme. Water, sand, etc.
To encourage the idea of sharing, have one less item than there are children. For example, if there are 4 children at a time at your Sand and Water table, have only 3 cups, 3 spoons, etc. to encourage sharing and turn taking and working out differences in what they want.
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