The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day remembrance is an important educational opportunity for children. Color a picture of Martin Luther King Jr. and help youngsters understand the legacy of the great reformer. Finding printables is easy.
“I have a Dream” Martin Luther King Jr. Day Printables
Holidays on the Net features five free printable Martin Luther King pictures that center on his famous “I have a Dream” speech. Plan on coloring one or more and spend some time with the children discussing the content of the speech. A good question to ask a child could be the meaning of “content of character.”
“I Have a Dream” Visual for Preschoolers/Elementary School Age
A Kids’ Heart offers this MLK birthday coloring page that features four children and the heading “I have a Dream.” Preschoolers and young elementary school kids can visualize Dr. King’s dream of racial unity and color the children with this thought in mind.
Print out a number of these pages and have the child color a number of kids who are playing and walking together. Stress the use of different colors for clothes, skin and hair. While it does not have to be realistic, it should be a veritable rainbow of colorings.
“Montgomery Bus Boycott” Printable
Danielle’s Place features this bus coloring sheet for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It showcases a basic bus that reads “Montgomery Public Transportation” on the side. Quotes from the Constitution and from Dr. King are also added to the printable. Encourage the child to draw the faces of students inside the bus (for younger kids familiar with school buses). Older children may draw the faces of varying passengers.
Picture of Martin Luther King Jr. against a Liberty Bell Backdrop
From Preschool Coloring Book, this free printable features a highly detailed black and white picture of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It is perfect for young children who do not yet practice the concept of coloring inside the lines and therefore do not much care for intricately nuanced coloring opportunities.
When talking to the child, hone in on the bank of microphones in front of Dr. King. Explain what they are for, why he was speaking and why so many people wanted/needed to hear him.
Martin Luther King Pictures: An Abbreviated Timeline
Teacher Vision features a six-picture printable that leaves a bit of room under each print for some text. Good for elementary and middle school students, these Martin Luther King pictures explore his early life, mission and also death. Each coloring opportunity also opens up a chance to talk about the civil rights movement, its main figures and its purpose.
Holidays on the Net: “Martin L. King Jr Day Coloring Pictures”
A Kids’ Heart: “MLK Birthday Coloring”
Danielle’s Place: “Bus Color Sheet”
Preschool Coloring Book: “Martin Luther King Coloring Page”
Teacher Vision: “Martin Luther King – Civil Rights Leader”