5 Civil Rights Day Activities

This week is Civil Rights or Martin Luther King Day.  There is so many examples throughout history of countries and people who have fought against the masses for civil rights. These 5 Civil Rights Day activities will help you create the opportunity to talk to your grands about these important subjects.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” Martin Luther King

“Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.”
― Nelson Mandela

5 Activities to do with your Grandkids on Civil Rights Day

Walk in someone elses shoes

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I love the idea Laura has over at Sunny Day Family

While coloring their page you can chat with your grandkids about people who they may or may not understand. Talk to them about the life of these people to help them understand what it would be like to walk in their shoes.

Read a Book

Be a King: Dr. Marin Luther King Jr.’s Dream and You by Carole Boston Weatherford and James E. Ransome

This artful book intersperses images depicting important events in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s own life with illustrations of children carrying out Dr. King’s messages today. While many books indirectly inspire conversations about the continued relevance of Dr. King’s work, this is the first one I’ve seen to make such a clear connection to the lives of today’s children. This is the perfect book to purchase when your children are young, and revisit in increasingly complex ways as they mature.

As you read make sure and discuss what is happening with your grands & ask them what they think about what is happening.


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Nelson Mandelas autobiography offers a glimpse into the mind of a great leader, admired across the globe for his dedication to the struggles against apartheid in South Africa. Now the youngest readers can discover the remarkable story of Mandela’s long walk from ordinary village boy, to his dynamic leadership of the African National Congress, to his many long years in prison-and, at last, his freedom and astonishing rise to become the leader of his country.


Kindness Challenge

martin luther king, dr martin luther king jr, Martin luther king day, Sara over at The Colorful Apple has some great ideas for a kindness challenge. You can take some of her ideas and help your grands to understand the importance of kindness. And different ways to show kindness – from creating a hand print banner, to writing cards or even building a chain that lists the ways they have helped others.

Helping your grands understand the importance of the simplicity of kindness and how that can change a situation.



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Kind Words Friendship Activity

This is a great sensory activity from Preschool Powol Packets. 

It’s a hands on way to discuss uncomfortable situations and how each situation may make them feel.





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Amish friendship bread

This is a super fun way for kids to learn to cook as well as persistence, responsibility and sharing. If you’ve never tried Amish friendship bread it is delcious and fun to make with the grandkids while allowing them to share the fun with 3 of their friends.

Blair over at The Seasoned Mom has a delicious cinnamon and sugar Amish bread that is delcious!

There are so many ways to teach children about the need to stand up for others and the importance of individual civil rights. Having one day in January every years gives us a reason to talk about it with our littles at least once a year.

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