"Intelligence plus character, that is the goal of true education."
– Martin Luther King, Jr.
Engage in an exciting art exploration and discuss the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. with your children using this activity to introduce the day's theme:
- Very large sheets of newsprint (at least 24" x 24"); one per child
- Tempera paint in various colors
- Paper towels
What to Do:
- Place paper towels in shallow containers. Pour paint of one color into each container.
- On large sheets of paper, lightly draw a large circle as a guide to help younger children.
- Let each child pick one color of paint to use.
- Have the first child begin by placing her hand in the chosen color of paint and then making a hand print on the paper.
- The next child picks a color, and repeats the above procedure.
- Repeat so each child in the class has a turn, forming a circle of hand prints.
- If necessary to complete the circle shape, children may add additional hand prints.
- When paint is dry, names may be added alongside the hand prints.
More to Do:
Talk about sharing toys, taking turns, and peaceful problem-solving, emphasizing the importance of discussion and cooperation. Discuss prejudice.
This activity was taken from The GIANT Encyclopedia of Theme Activities for Children 2 to 5 and originally provided by Sally Lipke from Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The GIANT Encyclopedia of Theme Activities for Children 2 to 5 is packed with more than 600 activities, created by teachers and selected from a nationwide competition.
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