“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.
Today is Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday and many of us family oriented people us are seeking new ways to celebrate with our children. Well… look no further! Here is a list of 5 activities to do with your family today that also promote learning and creativity. If you do any of these, take pictures and post in the comments! Have a blessed day…
1) Listen to the I Have a Dream speech, everyone can pick their favorite line & elaborate in an essay or poem on their interpretation of it or what they can do to keep that dream alive. Call it “Pieces of the Dream”. They can also create their own I Have a Dream speech and record the audio.
2) Kids can write an “If I Were MLK…” speech or create a painting or sketch of MLK speaking to a crowd & draw themselves, friends and family pictures in the crowd or maybe even items that represent “freedom” to them. Frame these masterpieces and hang them in your home.
3) Start a Dream Diary or Box decorated with a collage of images of MLK. This can be a notebook for each member and paste images of MLK all over the front and back covers filled with stories about your dreams. You’d be surprised to see many of your kids’ dreams may still match your own! You can get an old box and do the same thing but in the Dream Box, kids and family will write down their small descriptions of their dreams on strips of paper and drop them in the box.
4) Since MLK’s vision included all cultures and races, your family can create a multicultural dinner including one dish from every culture (there are MANY so each family member may wanna pick one culture/cuisine each).
5) Discussions and family conversation is always effective and it doesn’t take much. You can make virgin margaritas or snow cones, cuddle up together in the living room and the family can discuss black history and other greats that have made similar impact to Dr. King. Allow the kids to ask you limitless questions about MLK and if your knowledge is limited, go out to the bookstore and buy a book about his legacy and read it to them. That way you’ll BOTH be learning together!