Martin Luther King Jr. Day Banner Art Activity for Kids


Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with an artsy activity that involves kiddos of all ages! Whether you have a preschool, a grade schooler or an older child, this holiday craft can help your young learner to delve deep into the day’s meaning and think about concepts such as unity, community and change. Use Dr. King’s iconic speech as a starting point to create your own family “I have a dream” banner.

Art Materials You’ll Need

  • Blank butcher paper or gift wrap
  • Markers or crayons
  • Tempera paint
  • Paintbrushes

How To Art-Making Steps

  1. Brainstorm ideas. Read child-friendly books about Dr. King, discuss his famous speech and talk about what your child’s “dream” is.
  2. Unroll the paper. Have your child think of ways to create a design that will fill the entire piece.
  3. Draw the design on the paper with crayons and markers. Add a special message about the holiday and the date (including the year).
  4. Paint the design. Your child can fill in the lines, add accents or paint over the banner’s message with temperas.
  5. Let the banner dry completely. Leave the banner on a flat surface until the paint dries. This will prevent the paint from running down the sign.
  6. Hang the banner as a festive holiday display!