January 16th is Martin Luther King Day and it is a national day of service. It is a good time for discussion and activity - no matter how young a child.
Today I am just writing about preschoolers. Later in the week I'll write about older children. Preschoolers are ready for themes such as volunteering, peace and getting along with others.
There is a Sesame Street video
on youtube that I have been enjoying with my two and a half year old grandson -
over and over - that is perfect as a discussion starter for pre-schoolers about
Nolan Gould, who plays
Luke on Modern Family, is with Murray (He's a Sesame Street muppet) at the Los Angeles Food Bank. There is a touching scene when Murray asks
what is a volunteer and then if he has the heart of a true volunteer. Next there is upbeat sorting of fruit at the
Most local communities,
museums, libraries, etc will have local activities and you should check
out what is available and appropriate for young children to participate in.
I did some internet research
on Dr. King and preschool activities and this is the best resource that I found. There are songs, games, stories and other resources.
I’ll be writing about Martin
Luther King Day and older kids next week, but I wanted to start with ideas for
young children. Please share with us in the comments any plans, past experiences, or ideas that you have that are appropriate for young children.