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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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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MLK Day Printables

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 have some skills you can work on to help you decide which project to choose.

  1. Martin Luther King Dream Clouds- This activity template is no longer online. However, looking at the picture, you can see it’s relatively easy to replicate. (tactile, fine motor, problem solving)
Explore MLK activities for kids and empower them to dream, just like MLK did.

“I Have a Dream” Speech Activities and Lesson Plans

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Brian at the “I Have a Dream” speech spot at the Lincoln Memorial. Another must-see in DC!

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. “I Have a Dream” Mobile
    MLK speech for kids

Museums and Places to visit for MLK Day

  1. Lincoln Memorial, Washington, DC. The 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 some of these MLK Day activities, here is a collage.

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MLK Fill in the Blank Worksheet

This worksheet provides a great opportunity for students to learn about the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It includes engaging activities and free printables that are perfect for MLK Day

MLK Day Word Puzzles

Dr Martin Luther King worksheet with mlk activities.
A MLK Day word search worksheet with a black and white background.

MLK Day Coloring Page

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Martin Luther King Jr. free printables for MLK Day activities.

MLK Day Writing Prompts

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a prominent leader in the civil rights movement and championed for equality and justice for all. His inspiring speeches and peaceful protests continue to inspire people today,
Martin Luther King Jr. worksheet with MLK Day activities.

Martin Luter King Coloring Pages

These coloring pages commemorating MLK day are fun and colorful. They also are great conversation starters for kids.

Martin Luther King Jr. color big number.

MLK Color by Number

Here is a preview of the coloring pages and what they look like. Coloring pages are great for many skills–fine motor, color recognition, number recognition, and following directions.

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