Celebrate the day with young children by making this beautiful Martin Luther King Jr. kids art. Perfect way to talk about the many colors of the world!
I had the idea for this Martin Luther King Jr Kids Art project years ago (shesh, where does 11 years go?!) but didn’t have the right supplies and quite frankly, my kiddos were way too little to make this an appropriate craft for them.
When my kids were older and had a little more hand control, I revisted the project. Thought I would offer it here in case anyone else wants to make MLKjr art for their window too!
- Cricut Cutting Machine
- Crayons (here’s a bulk case without wrappers for large groups!)
- Pencil sharpener (this Electric Crayon Sharpener would be so easy!)
- Wax paper
- Black Permanent Vinyl
- “Martin Luther King Jr. Kids Art” stencil (download below)
1. Use pencil sharpeners to make crayon shavings. Note: I tried to talk to Jack about how each of the crayons represented different types of people in this world and how boring the world would be if we only had one color but Jack looked at me like I was insane to think that crayons were people. Decided to move away from analogies and just enjoy the pretty colors. Maybe next year!
Update: This tutorial was written six years ago and since then we have made it almost yearly. Now that the boys are older we have had detail conversations about how beautiful the colors by themselves and when melted. This Martin Luther King Jr Kids Art has been such a great way to talk about race with young children!
2. Spread the crayon shavings between two wax paper sheets. Try to spread them out more than we did for more of a stained glass effect. With your iron set on low, melt the crayon shavings in between the wax paper. Press down and lift the iron straight up. Don’t slide the iron or you’ll have a purple/brownish mess!
4. Affix the stencil to the wax paper. I found this to be easiest when I started from the bottom, pulling the backing away an inch at a time while smoothing the vinyl down.
5. Trim away the excess wax paper and use a small piece of tape to attach to a window for everyone to enjoy! Hope you and your family enjoyed making this martin luther king day kids art!
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