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Signs of Inequality
Submitted by CindyFor Martin Luther King, one of my favorite things to do is to put up signs (like no smoking signs) that have pictures of different eye colors, or shirt colors, the sky's the limit here. Then we talk about what the world was like when people couldn't go to the same schools, restaraunts,etc. and how unfair that was. Then the kids experience it by not being able to play with toys according to the signs I make and hang up throughout the room. It sends a resounding message each and every year
I Have a DreamMake a large bulletin board cloud on a piece of paper. Then ask your children what their dreams are (what they want to be when they grow up, ways to make the world happier, etc) and write them in the cloud.
Chains for FreedomMake the classic paper chains using black, white, red, yellow, and brown construction paper to represent the various skin tones found across our nation. Show kids the symbolism behind the craft: "Each link represents a hand, and our chain reminds us that Dr. King joined hands with people of all colors when he marched for freedom." A variation on this theme: Children can trace their own hands, then color them in using different skin-tone shaded crayons
Snack DiscriminationTo get the idea of discrimination across, at snack time tell your children that only kids with blue shirts will get any snack. You will likely hear a lot of the children comment that that is 'Not Fair!' at this time explain that that is what discrimination is and that everyone will get snack.
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