A ‘Crafty’ Way for Kids to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

King Had a Dream … Share Yours With Others!


This month, Houston Family introduces a new column, in collaboration with the Children’s Museum of Houston. “Learning and Loving It” will feature a different topic and activity each month to correspond with current exhibits and programs at the museum. Try the activity at home, or join our friends at the Children’s Museum for more great activities that will have kids learning and loving it!


In January, we honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and all those who work for the cause of Civil Rights. Dr King delivered his most famous “I have a dream…” speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., on Aug. 28, 1963. He dreamed of a world where people are judged by the quality of their character and not by the color of their skin.


This Month’s Activity:

Change the World!  Share Your Dream!

Create a collage that reflects your dream for the future. Collages are a great way for you to arrange your thoughts and ideas on paper. Here’s what you do:

• Collect pictures, letters or words from newspapers or magazines that explain your dream.

• Arrange the pictures or words on paper in a way that they seem to go together best.

• Glue your pictures and words on the paper. Be creative! Remember, pictures and words can cross over each other or even be upside down.

The final product is your dream for the future. Share it with family and friends!



Parent’s Corner:


Studying the goals and dreams of historical figures helps children see the possibilities for their own lives and the paths they can follow. Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with your kids at the Children’s Museum and test your knowledge about the contributions of civil rights leaders. For example, Barbara Jordan, born in the Fifth Ward of Houston in 1936, overcame significant obstacles to achieve her goal of becoming the first Black woman from the South to serve in the U.S. Congress in 1966. 

Work with your child to set short-term goals, such as reading three books a week or doing something nice for someone else each day. Reaching those goals, however small, will give your child the confidence she needs to succeed in the future.

Check out these resources to learn more about historical figures who worked hard to achieve their goals and dreams:

• Martin Luther King Jr. A Man who Changed Things
, by Carol Greene, Children’s Pr, 1989.

• Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior
, by Doreen Rappaport, Jump at the Sun, 2001.

• Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez,
by Kathleen Krull, Harcourt Children’s Books, 2003.

Barbara Jordan: African American Politician,
by Joseph D. McNair, Child’s World, 2000.

• Rosa Parks: My Story
, by Rosa Parks, Puffin Books, 1999.


At the Museum:

From Jan. 13-19, children can learn more about Martin Luther King Jr. and his peaceful role in the Civil Rights Movement by listening to one of his famous speeches, creating peace posters, making collages, portraits and other crafts, writing letters to leaders, enjoying live performances by the Second Generation Dance Company and more! Admission is free on Thursdays; $3 on Monday, Jan. 17, and $5 all other dates. The Children’s Museum of Houston is located at 1500 Binz in the city’s Museum District. For more information, call 713-522-1138 or visit

• Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Free Family Night,
Jan. 13, 5-8 p.m.

• Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. WonderWeekend,
Jan. 15-16, Sat., 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

• Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day,
Jan. 17, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.