Martin Luther King, Jr: I Have a Dream.

MLK Day should be fun, serious, educational and thoughtful. Here are 25+ activities and projects for kids to make the day memorable, including “I have a dream speech” activities. Of course once again I am behind the 8-ball, and if you want to visit the new African-American History Museum in Washington, DC, tickets are not available until April.

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
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Brian visiting 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 is going to 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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Preschool Activities for MLK Day

Behind the project I put some of the skills that you can work on, or 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)
  3. Martin Luther King, Jr – Printables for Primary Students (Free) (language, writing, thinking)
  4. Paper Plate Peace Sign Craft-by Inner Child Fun (tactile, sensory, language, colors)
  5. Egg Challenge Printable-by Little Kinder Warriors (tactile, science, in depth thinking)
  6. Hand Peace Doves-by Sippy Cup Central Mom (tactile, fine motor)
  7. What Would You Do Printables-by Teachers Pay Teachers (problem solving, writing, language)
  8. Martin Luther King Writing Papers-by Teachers Pay Teachers (writing, language)
  9. Martin Luther King Word Search-by Teachers Pay Teachers (letters, language, visual)
  10. Martin Luther King Dream Clouds-by Preschool-Daze (tactile, fine motor, problem solving)
  11. My Martin Luther King Speech Printable-by Classroom Freebies (language, writing)
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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, free, but 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 each year make pilgrimage to the National Historic Site 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.

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