Monday, January 16, 2012

I Have A Dream Mobile for MLK Jr. Day

ER has been learning about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at kindergarten and we've also been reading books about him too.  As an extension activity we made this mobile, with ER providing an age appropriate dream based on MLK Jr.'s ideals.  Writing it on one side of the cloud was slightly torturous, not for her but for mom as it was slow going, but good practice for my little who does not like handwriting at all.  Plus it was a good opportunity to talk about how if there had been no Martin Luther King Jr and the Civil Right's movement, then our family, which is multi-cultural, might not exist.  That was certainly an eye opener for her.

Making this hybrid project began with searching through my digital scrapbooking kits for a cloud image.  I added the text, alphabet - altered by clipping on papers to change the colors, and banner to it.  Printed that out then deleted the extras and flipped the cloud image.  Printed the flipped version for the back of the cloud on our mobile. 

After we talked about the dream MLK Jr. had, we came up with one that's applicable to five year olds.  The word on the street is that the boys and girls don't always get along at recess!  ER wrote it on one side.  Afterward, we glued it onto chipboard.  I cut it out and then glued the flipped image on the other side.  We have left the back side blank for the time being, my hope is that we'll add another wish to it next year.

We punched holes at the top with my Crop-A-Dile for hanging and then more at the bottom of the cloud.  Each hole was reinforced with an eyelet.  I had some dimensional white bird stickers leftover from Christmas, I think they are doves.  They look like it to me and if they're not, well they're a decent substitute!

I told her they were doves and that they symbolize peace and hope.  We added a dove to one side of a punched scalloped circle, the other side could be used to write facts about MLK Jr. or additional dreams.  These have been suspended with fishing wire.  I like that since the fishing wire is "clear" it kind of gives the illusion that the birds are "flying". 
Supplies Use: Cloud Image from Retired I Heart Spring Kit by Louise Franks Designs, Alphabet, Papers - used as clipping masks, and Banner from Playful Kit by Louise Franks Designs.


Shared At: Skip to My Lou, Crafty Moms Share, Tutus & Tea Parties, and the blog I helped co-found ABC & 123: A Learning Cooperative.

10 Friends Said:

Sarah B. said...

Love it! This is a really cute idea that I think my first graders could handle ;)

Liz Mays said...

I think about that too! Thank goodness he opened the door to allow us to love and be with the people to which our hearts lead us. :)

Anonymous said...

What a great craft. I asked my kids what their dreams were today and Zoe told me for her brother to be nice to her and Gav said for Zoe to stop crying lol. I read them a book this morning about MLK Jr. as well.

Lauren said...

Great idea! I love it.

I'd love for you to link up and share:

Carrie said...

What a wonderful idea! I would love it if you would share it at our sharing party at Thank you!

Beth @ TheAngelForever said...

Adore this idea and am pinning it now into my MLK board :)

silly eagle books said...

This is so pretty, Katie! The best MLKj day project I've seen. :)

thanks for sharing it.


Jill@babies, toddlers, and preschoolers, Oh My! said...

This is such a neat acitivty! how creative and so much thought put into it! LOVE IT!!

MiaB said...

I LOVE this. Such a great learning activity for kids and I think it's every kids and teachers dream that every kid gets along at recess :) Thanks so much for sharing this awesome post with us over at Sharing Saturday. Hope you have a great week. Looking forward to seeing more of your posts.


Ticia said...

That is beyond cool.

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