Preschool Martin Luther King Arts and Crafts



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Paper Doll Chain
What You Need:
  • Paper
  • Paint
What You Do:
  • Cut out life-size cutouts of your children. Have them paint them. Put them together in a large paper doll chain with the heading "We are all One Class, We are all Friends"
Hand Print Frame
What You Need:
  • Paper
  • Paint
What You Do:
  • Give each child a piece of construction paper. Have them put a handprint in the center of the paper. Then have all of your children make a handprint frame around the child's print. You can put these up on a bulletin board with the heading hands in friendship.
Hands Wreath
What You Need:
  • Paper
  • Glue
  • Paper Plate
What You Do:
  • Give each of your children one color of construction paper (Johnny Red, Sarah Green,etc) Have them cut out their hand prints from the paper. Then have them exchange hand cut outs and make a friendship mult-color wreath (by gluing hands on paper plate). This is a great way of showing that you can put the works of different people together to make something fabulous.
"A Dream Quilt"
We discussed Martin Luther King, jr. and talked about how he dreamed of a world where people didn't fight and hate people because their skin was different. Then we looked in mirrors at ourselves and each other. We also talked about what quilts are, blankets or covers that are made of little pieces.

At art time each child drew a picture and dictated what they dream of becoming. Some examples were, "I want to work with animals", "I want to cook the food", "I dream of being a friend" etc. Then we placed each individual picture on a large piece of bulletin board paper with a border around the edge and titled it "Our Dream Quilt".
"I Have A Dream" Handprints
What You Need:
  • Brown paint
  • Beige paint
  • Red hearts
  • Construction paper
What You Do:
  • Give each child a piece of construction paper with a small heart in the center that says "I have a dream..." Have the children dip a hand in brown paint and press onto one side of the paper. Then have the children dip a hand in flesh color paint and press on the other side of the paper.
Cloud Dream
What You Need:
  • Paint
  • Paper
What You Do:
  • Give each of your children a piece of paper and have them cut out a cloud from it (if they are too young cut it out for them.) Have them paint the cloud and then ask them their dreams and write them on the cloud.
Dove Collage
What You Need:
  • Paper
  • Paint
  • Collage Material
  • Glue
What You Do:
  • Give each child a precut (or have them cut their own) dove on white construction paper and let your children collage it with a variety of materials. Talk about how the dove represents peace and how Dr. King dedicated his life to creating peace and love among different people.
Hand Paint
What You Need:
  • Paint
  • Paper
What You Do:
  • Give your children peach, white, brown, black, and orange paint (add soap to make it stain proof). Have them mix what they perceive their skin color is. Then have them paint a friend's hand and then put a print on a heart shaped piece of paper. You can put these on a bulletin board with the heading, "Love Comes in Many Colors" or "Lend Me A Hand, My Wonderful Friend"
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