MLK Day Printables

MLK Day can be fun, serious, educational, and thoughtful. Here are activities and projects for kids to make the day memorable, including “I have a dream speech” activities.

I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream.

Martin Luther King Jr, August 28, 1963

A school student at the MLK memorial in DC
Brian visited the MLK monument last summer. I love the quote wall! It’s a must-see if you’re in DC.

Martin Luther King Day Projects and Activities

I haven’t yet decided if our MLK day will be educational (museum, projects) or an actual service project. We just did the One Kind Act a Month feeding the homeless and plan to do that again later this month.

After all, I am trying to raise them to be charitable and socially aware. I think the planet needs more of that right now, and this is a great time to start.

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Here are the free printables for MLK Day activities.

MLK Day Free Printables

And here is another one. It includes:

  • MLK Day Word Search
  • MLK Day Word Scramble
  • MLK Coloring Page

Preschool Activities for MLK Day

Behind the project, I put some skills you can work on to help you decide which project to choose.

  1. FREE Coloring Pages-by Teachers Pay Teachers (colors, fine motor, creativity)
  2. FREE Martin Luther King Bingo-by Teachers Pay Teachers (listening, language, matching)
  3. Martin Luther King, Jr – Printables for Primary Students (Free) (language, writing, thinking)
  4. Martin Luther King Dream Clouds-by Preschool-Daze (tactile, fine motor, problem solving)
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Brian at the “I Have a Dream” speech spot at the Lincoln Memorial. Another must-see in DC!

“I Have a Dream” Speech Activities and Lesson Plans

MLK Activities for School-Aged Kids

  1. CNN Student News Learning Activity: MLK’s “I Have a Dream” Speech
  2. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech as visual text – Lesson Plan
  3. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech as a work of literature
  4. Write Your Own “I Have a Dream” Speech
  5. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dream Speech FREE #kindnessnation #weholdthesetruths
  6. Printable: “I Have a Dream” Mobile
    MLK speech for kids

Museums and Places to visit for MLK Day

  1. Lincoln Memorial, Washington, DC. Place where MLK gave his famous “I have a dream” speech.
  2. Smithsonian Museum of African-American History is free, but you must reserve tickets months in advance. Same-day tickets are available if you want to wake up early and give it a shot.
  3. African American Museum in Philadelphia-the first institution built by a major United States city to house and interpret the life and work of African Americans.
  4. Central Pennsylvania African American Museum-Reading, PA. I’ve never been there. It has very limited hours.
  5. MLK Jr. National Historic Site-Atlanta. You can also do a Virtual Tour of this site online. It includes several buildings, including his childhood home.
  6. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change -“The King Center” has been a global destination, resource center, and community institution for over a quarter century. Nearly a million people pilgrimage to the National Historic Site each year to learn, be inspired, and pay their respects to Dr. King’s legacy. Atlanta.
  7. National Civil Rights Museum-at the Lorraine Hotel, where MLK was assassinated.

If you want to see what some of these MLK Day Activities look like, here is a collage.

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