What is Your Dream?
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, they too can see their goals realized. While their dreams may change over time, in the future they can look with a smile and see just how their 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 their own future holds. This activity will boost their creativity, critical thinking, and motor skills as they cut, paste, and assemble their inspirational "I, Too, Have a Dream" magnets.
What You Need:
- Construction paper
- Magnetic sheets (found at a craft supply store)
- Sheet of paper
What You Do:
- Have your child take a moment and think about what they want to "be" when they grow up and how they hope to be living. Ask them to imagine what type of achievements they hope to have accomplished. Do they hope to go to a particular school? Play in a certain sports tournament? Encourage them to create a list of all of the goals and dreams most important to them.
- Help them cut out small "thought bubble"-shaped clouds from the construction paper; remind them that they will want to cut out one bubble for each goal that they have written out. They can make the clouds out of white paper or cut them out paper of each color of the rainbow; the choice is theirs!
- Once your child has cut out one cloud for each goal, ask them to articulate a few of their dreams. Take over and write one on each cloud.
- Help them to carefully cut strips off of the magnetic sheets. These are usually self-adhesive on the back, so they 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 their goals up on the fridge and share their visions for the future with those passing by.
Invite your little one to change or add to their "dream clouds" as their plans and goals for the future develop over time.