Image of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. against a background of  words like: honest, nonviolent respectful, resolute, principled, assertive, considerate, humble, courageous

Martin Luther King Jr. Day means much more than a day off from school. We celebrate MLK Day on the third Monday of January in honor of Dr. King’s impact during the American civil rights movement and beyond. He earned the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, and his powerful speeches continue to inspire today.

But how do we explain his importance in history to our little ones? Fortunately for us, there’s Pinterest – and a number of great ideas that have already been posted!

These activities are great ways to share Dr. King’s dream.

“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.”  
– Martin Luther King, Jr.
“I Have A Dream” speech, Aug. 28, 1963

You can find lots more ideas for crafts and activities on Pinterest. Of course, if you’re a parent or a teacher, you probably spend a lot of time on the site already! Do you have any special activities you’re planning to do on MLK Day? Let us know in the comments.

If you would like to use some Dr. King images in your craft projects, visit to find copyright-free images.

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