With Martin Luther King Jr day quickly approaching, I knew I wanted to do an activity with Mila.
Plus, I thought it’d be fun to share beforehand in case you have your child home from school and want to do a productive activity with them.
Mila and I talk about race a lot. It’s important to me that she grows up anti-racist, especially in the world we live in now. It’s never too early to start those conversations. She has black barbies and dolls, books with diverse characters, and watches shows with people of all races.
Still, talking about MLK with her was a must. During this activity, I mentioned his name and talked about how people have different skin color. We also talked about how she would play with anyone, no matter what they looked like. She seemed shocked when I told her some people don’t like others because of the color of their skin.
Back to the project though!
This is an easy art project that actually took less than five minutes. The conversation we had before, during, and after spanned beyond that though.
Things you’ll need:
- Skin- toned paint
- Black paint
I started off by asking Mila what she thought her skin tone was between the three colors. She chose the middle color which was called “Territorial Beige.” It was interesting to see her perception of her skin tone.
This shade went in the middle because I wanted an ombre affect. Of course, you can do whatever color sequence you want.
I took a paint brush and painted her hand. Then we pressed it on the canvas. When pressing their hands down, make sure to get all of their fingers too. If not, it’ll be really faint. Finally, I cleaned her hand off and did the process two more times.
That part really is that easy.
After her handprints, or she calls them paw prints, dried, it’s time for the words. I ended up painting the phrase, “small hands change the world.’
You can use any quote or phrase here. There are a ton of MLK quotes that would work perfectly.
I have some more ideas to do for Black History Month that I want to share. They’ll be posted in the second half of the month. I have a few special activities for Valentine’s Day that I know you’ll love just as much!
If you like this activity or try it, let me know in the comments!
What I great idea! We are totally going to do this.
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If you did it, I hope you share! It’s such a fun activity and opens up a lot of conversation.
What a fabulous, easy activity to do with young children and to begin the important conversations about race and equality.
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Thank you so much! That’s my goal with her.