MLK Day Craft: Create an “I Have a Dream” Window Display

Celebrate MLK Day with a creative MLK Day craft! In today’s blog post, I’m going to show you how to create an “I Have a Dream” window display. This craft for MLK Day is perfect for decorating your home or a classroom.


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CREATING AN MLK DAY CRAFT IS A GREAT WAY TO CELEBRATE MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY!

Creating an MLK Day craft is a great way to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day because the creative lessons are hands-on and give children the opportunity to learn while doing something fun.

Making a craft for MLK Day can also help start important conversations with your children about Dr. King’s work during the Civil Rights Movement, the importance of equality and antiracism, and how we can apply Dr. King’s teachings to our everyday lives.

HOW DO YOU FIND A CRAFT FOR MLK DAY?

Each January, we spend about three weeks on our MLK Unit Study learning about the life and work of Dr. King.

I like to include an MLK Day craft with our unit study. Of course, Pinterest is the most popular way to search for craft ideas. (Psst! Follow me on Pinterest here.)

Here are a few other ways you can find an educational MLK Day craft for kids.

LOCAL LIBRARY

Many local libraries feature books for children about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I have discovered that some of these books also include activity ideas for MLK Day.

For example, we checked out Celebrating Holidays: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at our local library. I was happy to discover it features a fun MLK Day craft for the kids to create.

The book is also a great learning resource to teach kids about the holiday.

TEACHERS PAY TEACHERS

I also like to use Teachers Pay Teachers (TPT) to find lessons about MLK Day and Martin Luther King, Jr. You can find some really good lessons and craft ideas for MLK Day on TPT.

QUICK TIP: I recommend first checking to see if there are any freebies available and then searching for low-cost lessons.

MLK Day Craft: color a coloring sheet to hang up in your window.

Sometimes you can find unit studies about Dr. King on TPT. This is a great way to have in-depth history lessons if you’re wanting to spend two weeks or more on a learning topic.

Teachers typically include lesson guides, book recommendations, MLK Day crafts, and printables in the unit studies.

OTHER EDUCATIONAL WEBSITES FOR KIDS

You can also find ideas for a craft for MLK Day and other lesson ideas on other educational websites for kids.

PBS Kids compiled a book list for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. I also find helpful lesson plan ideas on Scholastic’s website.

Here’s a thorough list Scholastic shared featuring MLK Day crafts and lesson ideas from teachers from around the country.


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MLK Day craft idea for kids: Create an "I Have a Dream" window display!

MLK DAY CRAFT IDEA: CREATE AN “I HAVE A DREAM” WINDOW DISPLAY FOR YOUR HOME OR CLASSROOM

This year, we combined our crafts for MLK Day to create an “I Have a Dream” window display for our home.

We also made an MLK Day door decoration for our front door. You can get the tutorial here if you like!

Materials you will need:


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MLK Day craft idea: create an "I Have a Dream" window display.
Creating a craft for MLK Day is a great way to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and teach kids about his work.

DIRECTIONS FOR MLK DAY “I HAVE A DREAM” WINDOW DISPLAY

1. FIND AND PRINT MLK DAY COLORING SHEETS.

I found a free coloring sheet on Crayola’s official website. Here’s the one we used for our craft.

2. COLOR AND CUT OUT THE COLORING SHEETS.

After printing the coloring sheet, have the kids color the page and then cut it out.

Children can choose to cut out just the image of Dr. King or they can include the stars, too.

3. CREATE A HEART FRAME WITH FOAM HEARTS.

Use the foam hearts to create a heart frame. We took four foam hearts to make one big heart-shaped frame for each coloring sheet.

I used my glue gun to attach the hearts. Then I put the coloring sheet in the middle of the frame.

4. ATTACH MLK DAY ART TO HEARTS.

Next, use all-purpose glue or hot glue to attach the coloring sheet to the middle of the heart frame.

5. USE A HOLE PUNCHER TO PUNCH A HOLE AT THE TOP OF THE HEART FRAME.

Using a single-hole puncher, to punch a hole in the top center of the heart frame. You will later thread a ribbon or string through the hole to hang up on your window.

6. GO ONLINE TO GET A PHOTOCOPIED IMAGE OF DR. KING.

I did a quick Google search for images of Dr. King. I selected the image of Dr. King giving his famous “I Have a Dream” speech to place on the tinsel heart wreath.

I also downsized the image by cutting around Dr. King’s shape. I wanted it to fit in the center of the wreath without it having a rectangular paper shape.

7. ATTACH THE IMAGE TO THE HEART WREATH.

After printing the image, use your glue gun to attach the image to the center of the tinsel heart wreath.

8. DRAW LARGE-SIZED CLOUD SHAPES ON A POSTER BOARD.

Draw large-sized cloud shapes on poster board. You may need to take measurements to see what size will best fit your window.

I also used my first cloud drawing as a stencil to draw the second cloud. That way they were the same shape and size.

9. CUT OUT THE CLOUDS.

Once you finish drawing the clouds on the poster board, cut them out.


CRAFT TIP: Your clouds will need a second poster board behind them because once the cotton balls are glued to the clouds, they will be too heavy.


10. GLUE COTTON BALLS TO THE CLOUDS.

Use all-purpose glue to glue the cotton balls onto the cloud shapes. I stretched out each cotton ball just a little. This way I only needed one bag of cotton balls per cloud.

SENSORY TIP: This part of the craft can get really sticky so if your child/student doesn’t like the feel of sticky cotton on their fingers, then I recommend using gloves or tongs. (My 6-year-old has sensory issues and he doesn’t like the glue and cotton on his fingers.)

11. USE HOLE PUNCHER TO PUNCH HOLE AT TOP OF CLOUD.

Use your single-hole puncher to put a hole at the top center of the cloud. Remember to make sure you have a second poster board attached to the back of your cloud.

Meaning– make sure you use two poster boards for each cloud. Once the cotton balls are glued onto the cloud shape, it will become too heavy for just one poster board.

The board will start to curl up around the edges so additional support is needed.

12. USE LETTER STENCIL TO DRAW THE “I HAVE A DREAM” MESSAGE.

Use sturdy white paper or sketch paper to draw the letters for “I Have a Dream”. Card stock and construction paper can also be used.

I used poster letters leftover from our MLK Day door decoration as a stencil to trace the letters.

13. COLOR THE LETTERS.

When you finish tracing the letters, color them in with crayons, color pencils, or markers. You can even get really creative and add glitter or stickers to the letters if you like.

14. CUT OUT AND GLUE LETTERS TO CLOUDS.

Cut out the letters. Before you glue the letters to the clouds, arrange them on the clouds to decide how you want the phrase to look.

Then glue the letters onto the clouds. You can use all-purpose glue or your glue gun for this.

15. ATTACH ADHESIVE WALL HOOKS TO WINDOW.

Decide where you will like the clouds, heart wreath, and heart frames to go in your window. Then place the adhesive wall hooks to your window or window frame.

16. USE RIBBON OR STRING TO HANG THE CLOUDS AND MLK DAY ART.

Thread ribbon or string through the holes of the clouds, heart wreath, and heart frames. I used burgundy yarn for our crafts.


CRAFT TIP: If you don’t have a window to display the MLK Day craft, then you can create your “I Have a Dream” art display on a bulletin board or wall.


Hope you enjoy making this MLK Day craft with your children/students! Happy MLK Day! Peace and Love xoxo


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