Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a United States holiday marking the birthdate of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., observed on the third Monday of January
each year, around the time of King's birthday, January 15. It is one of four United States federal holidays to commemorate an individual person. ~Wikipedia

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Songs & Fingerplays

Dr.Martin Luther King - sung to "Happy Birthday"

Dr. Martin Luther King
Let's celebrate and sing.
He had a dream you say
His life was taken away.

Dr. Martin Luther King
Let's celebrate and sing.
We can bridge and mend
We can all be friends.

Dr. Martin Luther King
Let's celebrate and sing.
Happy Birthday to you
Your dream is coming true.

By Mrs. Alphabet

Arts & Crafts

Freedom Bell

You will need:
The pattern of a bell
poster board

This is a simple and easy craft to make for little ones. Trace the pattern of a bell onto the poster board. Allow children to cut out. Using silver or gold foil, cover the bell. Across the front write "Freedom". This is a great craft to make when discussing Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous speech.

I Have a Dream

Blue construction paper
cut out's of white clouds

Use blue construction paper for the base - Print "I have a Dream" at the top. Have children cut out the clouds and glue on to blue paper. Talk with children about Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream. Ask what dreams they might have for our country and write them on.

Happy Handshake

2 shades of skin-toned construction paper
brass fastener
other colors of construction paper

Trace and cut out 1 handprint on the skin toned construction paper. Cut out rectangles long enough to make "cuffs" for the wrists of the hands - glue on. Place the two hands together in a "shake" fashion with one thumb behind the other. Attach a brass fastener to the center!

Theme Ideas

You read the book A Crayon Box That Talked. Then you make a crayon pattern and have the kids draw or color different things that they like. Or they can tell you and write it on their crayon. Then have the kids talk about what some of their favorite things are. This way the kids see that just because you are different from each other that it is okay. The kids seem to enjoy it. Or for a parent meeting, you can read the story and have the parents do something or have them draw themselves. Discuss the crayons. You can make a crayon box and put all the crayons in them and it is a great multicultural experience.

~Submitted by Amy from Oklahoma


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All About Martin Luther King, Jr. - Enchanted Learning
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Martin Luther King's Birthday - The Zimmerman Family


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