Free Ways to Help Kids Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Posted on 01/14/2013

Martin Luther King Jr. Day falls on the third Monday of January each year, which is near Dr. King's January 15th birthday. This year Americans celebrate the holiday on January 21. Pay tribute to this spokesman for civil rights with free ways to help kids discover and honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Join in the nationwide MLK Day of Service by participating in a volunteer project as a family. Find activities happening in your area by visiting Or you can register your own MLK Day project and recruit volunteers to get involved.

Throw a Birthday Party
First grade teacher Mrs. Cooley suggests throwing Dr. King a birthday party. Design party hats, create gift boxes and make a birthday "dream" banner. You could even serve up some cake!

Print Free Coloring Sheets
Print free MLK coloring sheets from Use this as an opportunity to teach little ones about his work promoting equal rights.

Encourage Acts of Kindness
King said love is the key to the problems of the world. Since he believed in non-violent solutions, encourage acts of kindness in honor of the MLK holiday. Get some creative ideas suitable for kids at

Watch King's "I Have a Dream" Speech
On August 28, 1963 Martin Luther King Jr. gave his most famous speech during his address at the March on Washington. Gather the kids and watch this nearly 50-year-old "I Have a Dream" speech on YouTube. What better way to celebrate MLK Day than to be inspired by the civil rights leader's words once again.

By Alison Storm

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