5 ways to celebrate MLK Day with your kids
By Aimee Heckel
The job of a parent is not just to keep your kids in order today; it’s also preparing them to be positive members of society tomorrow.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday, and chances are you and your kids may all have the day off. Don’t waste it. Here are five ways you can celebrate this holiday with your kids and teach them some important life lessons in the meanwhile.
1. Check your local library and museum for MLK-related events. Many museums, like ArtBeat in Arlington, Va., organize community events. ArtBeat will hold a doll-making workshop for kids, where kids 8 and up can create a doll from anywhere in the world. You could also do this project at home.
2. Make white doves out of white construction paper and decorate them with white feathers, silver glitter and sequins. Then have your kids write their dreams on the other side of the doves and hang them somewhere special.
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3. Learn more about MLK online, with fun.familyeducation.com‘s free web-based games, trivia, tests and projects.
4. For dinner on Monday, have your kids help you prepare a banquet of food from around the world. Mix and match food from every continent — some classic faves, like tacos and sushi and stir fry — but also mix in some new foods. Talk to your kids about America’s diversity and how that’s what makes it so interesting — and special.
If you don’t want to mix your flautas with peach pie, you can always pick a different country to feature for dinner and/or lunch for each meal next week. Monday: Mexican food. Tuesday: Thai chicken. The possibilities are endless.
5. Create a “peace corner” in your house. This is a calm, quiet place for your child to reflect and be alone, without stimulation and stress. You can begin to teach your children how to meditate here, too. They’re never too young.
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