"Life's most persistent and urgent question is 'What are you doing for others?'" -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Happy Martin Luther King Day!
It's easy to think of MLK Day as another day off. In reality, though, this should be a day on! It should be a day of service! A day to recognize and honor a man who served so much.
Here's a beautiful video from serve.gov that talks about how MLK Day became a day of service:
Kidactivities.net provides a huge list of ideas and ways to celebrate Martin Luther King Day. Here's my favorite that they listed:
WE HAVE A DREAM POSTER
Talk to children about Martin Luther King's dream and the fact that one man managed to help change a whole country. Ask children what they think is unfair, and what they think they can do to change it. If they could change big things in the world, what would they be?
Have children trace the outline of their hands on a variety of construction paper in different rainbow colors. Have them cut out each hand shape and then glue them onto the poster board.
Now brainstorm things that the children believe need change in the world--and ways that they and your program can help. Few individuals will get the chance to speak before thousands of people at the Lincoln Memorial like Martin Luther King, Jr., but there are things your program can do to make a difference!
Perhaps it's collecting cans for a local food bank to help the hungry, or running a car wash to raise money for the homeless.
Maybe it's bringing entertainment to cancer patients at a local hospital or sending care packages to soldiers abroad.
On each hand, write one thing that each child dreams of changing, such as Hunger or Homelessnes; next write a few sentences about what they can do to help.
Not only will this project children thinking about Martin Luther King, Jr., but it will encourage them to explore what they can do to make the world a better place. It's never too young to start making a difference. KEEP THE POSTER UP ALL YEAR AND MAKE IT A PERMANENT PART OF YOUR CLASSROOM/PROGRAM!
Though this idea is for a classroom, it could easily be done as a family! In fact, doing it as a family would allow kids the opportunity to come up with even more ideas. Hang it in the toy room or somewhere your kids will see it all year long. Be sure to check out kidactivities.net for other great MLK day ideas.
So, what are you going to do for National Day of Service? Let us know in the comments or on social media. Use #littlehandscan to show your pictures!
This shows the Day of Service in action: