Martin Luther King Jr. Day Biography Craft for Kids

Martin Luther King

Help your child to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a biography book-making craft. While your little learner can pick the obvious (Martin Luther King Jr.) as the subject of this bio, she can also choose another historical African American figure. Keep in mind, history is always being made. This means that your child doesn’t have to choose someone who lived well before she was born. She can choose a current person of note, such as President Obama. She can even choose a child to learn about (someone such as Little League pitching star Mo’ne Davis).


  • Cardboard (reuse the sides of an old box)
  • Scissors
  • Construction paper
  • Printer paper
  • A glue stick
  • A hole punch
  • Yarn
  • Markers


  1. Pick an African American historical figure. Use the Internet or resources from your local library to research the person.
  2. Help your child to organize the information. Create a timeline-type biography or put it together in some other way that makes sense (and is meaningful) to your child.
  3. Type the bio out or have your child handwrite it on the printer paper.
  4. Glue the paper (with the words) onto colorful construction paper sheets.
  5. Cut the cardboard so that it is slightly larger than the construction paper. Cut two pieces, one for the cover and one for the back of the book.
  6. Stack the cardboard and construction paper. Punch two holes along the left side.
  7. Cut the yarn and thread one piece through each group of holes to bind the book.
  8. Decorate the front with markers. Your child can also add a title and the date.