How do you talk to preschool kids about the Civil Rights movement and the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr? Subjects like civil rights can be hard to cover with small children because you want to maintain their innocence and not talk about things that are too hard for them to understand, but still answer their questions and speak truth. It is important for kids to hear about standing up for what is right and American heroes like Dr. King. I’ve compiled a great list of preschool resources about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, and civil rights to help you.
Crayon Freckles has a great post about answering the question, “Why do people have different skin colors?” plus an easy activity for explaining skin color using M&Ms.
I love this simple activity using eggs to teach about diversity from Kids Activities Blog.
This simple explanation about the work of Martin Luther King, Jr for preschoolers from Montessori 101 is just perfect.
Print out this free Martin Luther King coloring sheet from Activity Village.
These fun ideas to celebrate the holiday as a family from Teach Mama could become a great tradition.
Make “I Have a Dream Clouds” from Teach Preschool to talk about Dr. King’s dream for equallity.
Here is an entire MLK theme day from Preschool Plan It to use in a preschool classroom or at home.
Make these beautiful MLK Dream Catchers from Rainbows within Reach and talk about Dr. King’s dream for the world.
Here are four great books for preschoolers about Martin Luther King, Jr and the civil right movement.
Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Story of Martin Luther King Jr.
A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Picture Book Biography)
I am Rosa Parks (Ordinary People Change World)
My favorite tradition on Dr. King’s holiday is to listen to one of his speeches. Here is his “I Have a Dream” speech on Youtube. I listen to it to be inspired, to remember, and to think about where we are as a nation today. We’ve come a long way, but still have a long way to go. Teaching our children about diversity, equality, and civil rights will help us get there.
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