Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is about celebrating the life and achievements of Dr. King. You can work with your children to create this bulletin board as you talk about the life and legacy of Dr. King.
MLK Bulletin Board Part #1: The Bus
Materials: yellow construction paper, black construction paper, white construction paper, scissors, glue, crayons
Copy large rectangles on the yellow construction paper. Have the students cut out the yellow rectangles and glue on the white construction paper (orient the paper to landscape or “hot dog” style). Next, cut black circles and glue to the bottom of the rectangle to make the wheels. Use crayons to add features to the bus like windows, door, lights etc. Caption the picture “We can ride the bus together peacefully”.
MLK Bulletin Board Part #2: School House
Materials: red construction paper, white construction paper, scissors, glue, crayons
Copy one large square for the body of the school, one triangle for the roof, and one small square and one small triangle for the bell tower. Cut all the pieces out and glue to the white paper to make a school house, (orient paper to portrait or “hamburger” style). Next, have students add features to the school such as a door, sky, grass, students with crayons. Caption this picture “We can go to school together peacefully”
MLK Bulletin Board Picture #3: The World is a Better Place
Materials: black construction paper, white construction paper, white crayons, scissors, water color paints, brushes.
Have the students watercolor paint on the white paper with ONLY blue and green paint. When the watercolor is dry trace a large circle on the paper and cut it out- this will be the earth. Glue the large circle to the black paper (orient paper to portrait or “hamburger” style). Students can add stars to the sky and write their names with the white crayon. Caption this picture “Dr. King helped make the world a better place”.
Assembling Your MLK Bulletin Board
This activity makes a wonderful hall display, especially if the pages are placed in a pattern on the wall. Take the pages and arrange them on the wall in an alternating pattern like a quilt, leaving equal amounts of room between each row and column, like a quilt. Use the middle square of the quilt for your display title, for example “Mrs. _____’s Martin Luther King Class Quilt”.