When Martin Luther King Jr. declared that he had a dream for a more peaceful and united society, he envisioned that one day little children of all backgrounds would be able to walk down the street hand in hand. He hoped that one day America would overcome its longstanding racial barriers, and we have certainly come a long way.
There is no doubt that your child, too, has dreams and hopes for the future. Use this activity to show your little one that one day, she too can see her goals realized. While her dreams may change over time, in the future she can look with a smile and see just how her younger self envisioned the future. Along with providing a lesson about the dreams of Martin Luther King Jr., and how he helped mold a brighter present day, this craft will also open your child's eyes to the possibilities her own future holds. This activity will boost her creativity, critical thinking, and motor skills as she cuts, pastes, and assembles her inspirational "I, Too, Have a Dream" magnets.
What You Do:
- Have your child take a moment and think about what she wants to "be" when she grows up and how she hopes to be living. Ask her to imagine what type of achievements she hopes to have accomplished. Does she hope to go to a particular school? Play in a certain sports tournament? Encourage her to create a list of all of the goals and dreams most important to her.
- Help her cut out small "thought bubble"-shaped clouds from the construction paper; remind her that she will want to cut out one bubble for each goal that she has written out. She can make the clouds out of white paper or cut them out paper of each color of the rainbow; the choice is hers!
- Once your child has cut out one cloud for each goal, ask her to articulate a few of her dreams. Take over and write one on each cloud.
- Help her to carefully cut strips off of the magnetic sheets. These are usually self-adhesive on the back, so she will just need to peel off the paper backing and stick one to the back of each cloud.
- Once each bubble has a magnetic strip attached, allow your child to hang her goals up on the fridge and share her visions for the future with those passing by.
Invite your little one to change or add to her "dream clouds" as her plans and goals for the future develop over time.