{I Have a Dream} Martin Luther King Jr. Activities and Projects for Kids

Martin Luther King, Jr: I Have a Dream.

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

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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, 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, 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.

  • Fine Motor Skills-Games, crafts and coloring activities are a great way to use and practice a child’s fine motor skills.
  • Speech and Language– Many parents seek out a language-rich environment for their child. Any activity can be an opportunity to use and repeat new words and language, mimicking sounds, new vocalizations and articulations.
  • Executive Functioning Skills– Depending on the game or activity, it can be an opportunity to practice executive functions such as working memory, sequencing, following directions, task initiation and more.
  • Handwriting and Fluency- This piggybacks onto the language skills a child needs, but with worksheets, coloring pages and games, they can be a low-risk opportunity to practice handwriting and fluency.
  • Practicing Previously Acquired Skills-Applying already acquired skills across all environments, bring the classroom teaching into the real world.
  • Sensory-Textures, sounds, taste, vestibular, interoception, anything!
  • Social Awareness-Practice traditional social skills in a safe environment, such as: joint attention, taking turns, reciprocating conversation, waiting politely, and more.
  • Gross Motor-If you’re in a new place, practice walking across uneven surfaces, new surfaces, inclines & declines, stairs, or increasing endurance.

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