Activity

Kindness Postcards: A Martin Luther King Jr. Day Activity

 

What You Need:

  • A copy of the book My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Martin Luther King III

  • Art supplies (crayons, colored pencils, markers, stickers, etc.)

  • Cardstock

  • Scissors

  • Ruler

  • Address book and stamps

What You Do: 

  1. Read My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Martin Luther King III with your child and discuss the details the author shared about his father. Talk to your child about how Martin Luther King, Jr. showed kindness to other people, even when it might have felt hard to be nice to other people. Ask your child to share some examples of kindness they see in their life at home or at school. 

  2. Tell your child that they are going to practice kindness by creating kindness postcards. These will be shared with other people as a way to encourage them, thank them, or simply put a smile on their face.

  3. Take out a piece of cardstock and fold it into four equal sections. Have your child cut along the lines to create four separate postcards.

  4. Provide your child with art supplies, such as crayons, colored pencils, markers, and stickers, and give them time to decorate one side of each of the postcards. 

  5. Flip the postcards over, and use a ruler to create a straight line to divide the postcard into two sections - one for the address, one for the letter.

  6. Draw four lines on the address section of the postcard, and show your child how to write an address properly. Have your child put a stamp in the upper righthand corner of the postcard.

  7. Have your child write a letter on the left section of the postcard, being sure to incorporate kindness, gratitude, and encouragement. 

  8. Provide time to write postcards to four individuals, and support your child in finding and writing the addresses correctly.

  9. Bring your child to the mailbox or the post office to drop these postcards off so these postcards can make their way to the intended recipients.

Set time aside each month to write kindness cards, and see how many different people your child can reach by keeping a list of who they’ve written a postcard for. These cards will not only brighten the recipient’s day, but the act of showing gratitude and kindness will pay off for your child, too!

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