Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream. His dream was to see little black boys and black girls be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls and walk together as sisters and brothers. He said, “ I have a dream that my four 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.”
Here are four activities to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s message:
1) Make a multicolored paper chain together.
You can use colored paper (black, white, yellow, red. For older children, use people colored paper) to be symbolic of all different types of people. When you link the chains together, discuss how even though the paper is the same and different, still all links together hand in hand.
2) Have a multiracial feast
Have your kids help plan a fun (and diverse) meal. Have them help pick new and different food items from different cultures that the family has not had before (collard greens, grits) and may or may not go together. Your kids will enjoy picking out different things to have for your diverse meal if you make it fun and a game. While you are eating, everyone will be excited to talk about what they chose for the to the meal and why they picked it. If they don’t care for the food, this is a teachable moment. Not caring for something is different than not liking.
3) Ask what your child what he/she dreams the word will be like when they grow up.
You might be surprised at how insightful your child is. Maybe your son/daughter has noticed a kid at school that seems lonely and they dream that one day every child has friends. (Or that every child has something to eat, etc.). Encourage them to think of ways of moving one step closer to making that dream a reality.
4) Get involved in making the world a better place
Dr. King was an individual who took a stand for something he believed in. Find something in your community that you and your family can do to make a difference. Everyone can make a difference, no matter how small or old they are. A young child can donate books, toys or out grown clothes to people who need them. They can also out cans on the shelves in a food bank.
Please join us at It’s Aparent for a Messy Play class honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.