Children's Activities

Celebrating Dr. King

January 15th is the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., an activist and prominent leader of the civil rights movement. Dr. King believed in the use of nonviolent resistance to fight poverty, social inequality, and racism. He championed voting, labor rights, and desegregation. Honor the life of Dr. King and his contributions with meaningful activities that spark important conversations.

Here are a few ways to honor and celebrate Dr. King with these meaningful activities for kids:

Take virtual look at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial at the National Mall in our nation’s capital. The 30-foot statue celebrates the Nobel Peace Prize winner. Did you know Dr. King donated the prize money of $54,000 to further the civil rights movement?

Make an Acts of Kindness jar with popsicle sticks. Write age-appropriate acts of kindness on popsicle sticks and place in a jar. Encourage children to take a stick and complete the task in Dr. King’s memory. You can also use this easy printable here if you do not have all the supplies.

Create a directed drawing of Dr. King or another important contributor to the civil rights movement. Listen to the recordings of Dr. King’s Speeches as you create.

Read picture books to kids about inclusivity, appreciating differences, and working for social justice. Commit to continuing to learn and carrying on Dr. King’s work through action.

Collect and make a donation to an organization that supports equality. Volunteer to improve your community in honor of Dr. King’s work to fight poverty.

Create a school climate that values and celebrates all cultures and backgrounds. Provide books, toys, and visuals represent all faces. Begin the conversation about racism when children are very young. Learn together and work to continue to improve the world. Thank you, Dr. King for your lasting impression!

Stephanie Standley M. Ed. is a mom, educator, writer, and outdoor enthusiast. She received her undergraduate degrees in Sociology and Psychology as well as a Master of Education-Literacy from the University of San Diego. Stephanie has 12+ years of classroom experience as a teacher and currently supports students in Special Education. She is inspired to use evidence-based practices to educate children in creative and engaging ways.