Martin Luther King Jr. Day Dream Handprint

handprint art

Help your child to better understand why we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with this “I have a dream” art activity. It may seem like a simple kids’ craft, but this holiday project gets your child thinking about what is truly meaningful. Start by asking your child to think about what his or her dream for the future is. Not just his or her own future, but for the planet – and all of mankind’s future!


  • Card stock paper
  • Tempera paints – in a rainbow of colors
  • A paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Markers


  1. Cut a piece of card stock paper into a cloud-shape, square or circle. Size it so that it is smaller than your child’s palm.
  2. Place the cut piece of paper on the center of a fresh piece of card stock.
  3. Help your child paint her hand. Use a rainbow of different colors.
  4. Press your child’s hand down on top of the paper. The cut card stock will leave behind a blank space.
  5. Have your child write her ‘dream’ onto the center of the handprint, where the blank space is.
  6. Let the print dry. This should take less than two hours.
  7. Optional: Cut the handprint out.