Happy Martin Luther King Day! To celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as a peacemaker, this week’s activity explores skin color. Along with discussions about his life and work, we enjoy this meaningful project of creating our skin color with paint! The purpose is to look at the differences in one another and appreciate our individual beauty. The process includes experimenting with color mixing until each child’s skin tone is matched. The end result is a portrait of the group, class, or family; showing the differences in skin color, hair color, eye color, and clothing.
- 4 containers for paint
- 1 container or tray for mixing colors per child
- washable, child-safe paint in red, blue, yellow, and white
- 4 paint brushes, one for each color- plus 1 for a mixer
- clean water in a large cup or glass
- baby wipes or a sink for hand washing
- pure white paper, sized appropriately for the group
- cardboard or plastic, with a circle cut out. (this will serve as a stencil)
- crayons, markers, colored pencils, or oil pastels (any or all of these)
Jessie is a mother of three beautiful daughters (twin tots & a preschooler), an AMS trained Montessori teacher of 40 students, and a wife to one. Jessie has a background in dance, a yoga certification, and a Masters in Early Childhood Education. Jessie has a childhood education blog at http://educationofours.blogspot.com/.