No-Prep Activities to Celebrate MLK, Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
As we prepare to commemorate the life and life’s work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we hope you take this opportunity to do the same with your children in your homeschool. 

We’ve compiled simple NO-PREP activities you can do with your children to honor Dr. king’s legacy:

Watch and Discuss: Dr. King’s “I have a Dream” speech.

Watch and Discuss: BrainPOP- The Legacy of MLK.

Watch and Discuss: Crash Course US history- Civil Rights.

Books: Read and discuss books about Dr. King, his life, and the impact he made on the world.

Your Dream: Cut out clouds from construction paper and write your own DREAMs for the future on each cloud and hang them around the house.

I have a Dream Clouds

I have a Dream Clouds

Letter: Read and discuss the letter Dr. King’s wrote while detained in the Birmingham jail.
Letter From Birmingham Jail

Coloring: Free MLK inspiring coloring pages.

Service: Take your children out into the community to donate time and efforts to a worthy cause.
National MLK Day of Service

Embracing Differences: (preK-3rd) Make a quick and simple point about embracing the ways in which humans are different and yet the same by cracking open a brown egg and a white egg to illustrate they’re basically identical on the inside. There’s a lot more complexity to this concept, of course, but it’s an easy way to introduce it to young learners.

Footprints of Inspiration: Trace your child’s feet, then have them write the small steps they can take to make the world a better place.

Poem: Write an acrostic poem about hope using the letters D-R-E-A-M.

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Newspaper Article: Write a newspaper article about the March on Washington as if you were there. 

Gandhi vs. Dr. King: Write a paper or comparison chart of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Quotes: Free quotes from Dr. King. Print and discuss each one and what they mean. Put them up around your house.

Timeline: Make a timeline of the full life and story of Martin Luther King Jr.

Visit: Visit a museum with civil rights or MLK exhibits.

View our Favorite Book list of Black History and Stories to celebrate the achievements of Black Americans: