The Nobel Peace Prize was a dignified honor bestowed upon Martin Luther King Jr. for his work in helping to create an equal society and bring peace to the United States. He is honored on his birthday, and the entire month of February is, in turn, a time to honor the rich history of African Americans. This year is a monumental occasion in African American history, as the first black President of the United States was also awarded the Nobel Peace Prize just as Martin Luther King Jr. was before him.
Peace is something that our world is still struggling to achieve, but this project will encourage your child to brainstorm his own solutions to our problems. Just as Martin Luther King Jr. and President Obama have dreams for a more peaceful society and have set goals and plans to achieve them, your child can come up with plans of his own. This project will not only tap into your child's creative and critical thinking skills to come up with a plan for peace, but in the assembling of his very own Nobel Peace Prize, he will also boost his fine motor skills.
What You Do:
- Start off by letting your child think about what he would do to bring peace to all nations of the world. If he is having trouble thinking on such a grand scale, perhaps brainstorm ways to bring peace to the United States or even his own city. Encourage your child to come up with a few good ideas, perhaps three, and ask him to write them down.
- Help your child cut out a circle from the construction paper to constitute the Nobel Peace Prize medal. Ask him to cut it out of yellow or orange, or he may want to make it a little more colorful and pick out a different hue.
- After the circle has been cut out, help your child write down his three goals for obtaining peace on the front of the medal. Once his ideas for peace are written down on one side, ask him to flip the medal over and draw out what peace would look like to him. Give him a few ideas, such as people holding hands, a dove, or even smiling faces and then ask him to draw away!
- With the Nobel Prize now decorated, ask your child to carefully punch a hole in the top of and run a string through the hole to hang it from around his neck, a doorknob, or on a wall.
Your child will have a personalized reminder as to just how important loving each other, peace, and equality is to the world. Perhaps one day your future humanitarian will be awarded a true Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts!