-Martin Luther King, Jr. August 28, 1963
One of Martin Luther King Jr.’s greatest achievements was his ability to help American’s appreciate diversity. As a way to honor Martin Luther King Jr. on his birthday, think about having a birthday celebration that he would be proud of. One idea we found online was to have a MLK birthday lunch with the children in your care in which you feature food from a diverse number of cultures. Some ideas for your lunch could include pizza, mini tacos, croissants, egg rolls or fried rice, etc. Be sure to take time while you are enjoying these foods to explain to the children the meaning behind your diverse lunch.
No birthday celebration is complete without decorations! Celebrate MLK’s birthday by making symbolic crafts with the children. Create crafts that promote equality such as making classic paper chains using black, white, red, yellow, and brown construction paper to represent the various skin tones found across our nation. Be sure to explain to the children the symbolism behind the craft.
We also suggest visiting your local library to borrow a few good readings for the day. Below are a couple great goods commemorating Martin Luther King, Jr. :
Lastly, check your local newspaper for listings of activities in the area that celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. It could be a great time to take the children on an educational field trip, and encourage parents to do the same!