Martin Luther King Dr. Day Dream Speech for Kids

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Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream. And so does your child. Use this great American figure’s famed speech as the starting point for a Martin Luther King Day activity that helps your child celebrate the ideas of peace and equality. These concepts can be a challenge for kids to understand. This activity takes the abstract ideas and makes them more concrete for your young child.

Read the Speech

There are plenty of book options that can help your child to better understand the words of this famous speech. Books such as “I Have a Dream” by Martin Luther King Jr. and Kadir Nelson, “Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” by Doreen Rappaport and Bryan Collier and “Dr. martin Luther King Jr.’s I Have a Dream Speech in Translation: What It Really Means (Kids’ Translations)” by Leslie J. Holland can help your child to truly understand the words of the speech.

List Dreams

After reading about the “I have a dream” speech, discuss what your child’s dreams are. Help them to write a list of hopes and dreams they have for themselves and their community. Discuss why your child has chosen these dreams and what they may mean for society as a whole.

Act It Out

Help your child to create their own “dream” speech. After writing it, your child can act out the speech for the entire family to hear.




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