“I have a dream that my four little 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, I Have a Dream Quote
Martin Luther King Jr. was an important leader of the civil rights movement here in America during the 1950s and 60s. The holiday was created as a day to remember his fight for the freedom, equality, and dignity of all races and peoples and as a time to remember the message of change through nonviolence.
Here are some links about the history of this holiday including a biography of Dr. King, a quiz for kids and a junior crossword. Maybe you can do something special with the kids to acknowledge the day.
To read the full I Have a dream Speech go to:
Click here for some fun craft ideas!
Here are some activities you can do with the children to celebrate Thanksgiving. Click on the picture or any of the links below to find crafts, coloring sheets, spelling worksheets, math puzzles, nametags and more.
Use an empty coffee can or oatmeal container as a drum and bang on it along with some lively music.
~Make a drum!
Here are instructions (from http://www.pbskids.org) for a drum experiment for school age children. Younger children like to use a coffee cans or pots as drums.
1. First get a container that you think will make a good drum, like a metal bowl or an oatmeal container.
2. Put the double-sided tape all the way around the container 2 inches from the top.
3. Cut 2 pieces of shrink-wrap big enough to cover the tape on the container. Then, push it onto the tape.
4. Tape the edges of the shrink-wrap with masking tape so it’s really secure.
5. Now blow-dry the shrink-wrap with a blow dryer set on hot. This shrinks the plastic and makes a very tight drum. Be sure you don’t put the end of the blow dryer to close to the plastic, or it will melt.
6. Once it’s really tight, bang your drum.
Photo: Thomas Kohler
Orville and Wilbur flew their plane for 12 seconds in 1903. Make paper airplanes with the children and see if they can fly that long!
If you’ve forgotten how to make a paper plane, click here and you’ll find 10 great paper plane designs with how-to video tutorials
Making paper planes
Make a paper plane that can actually fly with these easy instructions. This traditional paper-plane design is a simple paper craft for kids that will then lead to another fun activity for kids: flying a paper aeroplane.
What you need:
- Fold the paper along the width and then unfold it to create a crease.
- On one side of the paper, fold each corner in towards the center, to the point where the inside edges are even with the center-line crease.
- Starting at the very tip of the point, fold the paper over on each side so the inside edges line up with the center crease.
- Turn the paper airplane over and fold it in half along the center-line.
- Fold the first wing with the line of the fold running nearly parallel to the center-line of the plane.
- Fold the second wing the same as you did the first.
The plane is now ready to fly!