"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."  Martin Luther King Jr., Strength to Love, 1963

There are so many important lessons to learn from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: leadership, the power of service, and the responsibilities of citizenship chief among them. It’s never too early to introduce your child to the examples King set for us—both on his birthday, January 19th, and throughout the year.

King left an indelible mark on the nation’s conscious, in part through the powerful words he wrote and preached. Those words today serve as a reminder that people of any race or class can set themselves free through nonviolent protest and a commitment to peace.

His life and legacy will most likely be a part of your child’s school curriculum for the month of January. You can complement these teachings at home. Here are some activity ideas to do with your child to celebrate this American hero:

A Martin Luther King Day Project

Write an "I Have a Dream" Speech!

Make a Rainbow Table Mat for MLK Day

Say Thanks with a Rainbow “Scratch” Card

Design a Postage Stamp to Honor Dr. King