This is a great project to do while thinking about Martin Luther King Jr’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Specifically the quote “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” This craft can help remind us that all colors, whether they be the colors on a piece of paper, or the colors of our skin, can work well together and create wonderful things. This would be a good project for parents and kids to do together while they discuss the importance of Dr. King’s words. It involves a lot of cutting so I would not suggest this as an “all-by-myself” craft for children under the age of 10.
Making Unity Place Mats Craft for Martin Luther King Day Activity
The crafts materials you will need are:
Safety Scissors (or have an adult use sewing scissors)
5 sheets of construction paper (I just picked mine randomly)
Laminating sheets (if you want it to last longer)
You will pick one color to be the base of your placemat and you will cut it so that one edge is untouched and there are eight strips coming off of it. You will take the other four colors and cut them so you have 8 pieces that are one and a quarter inches by nine inches (or however wide your construction paper is) and weave them together. Follow these instructions: