This week is the first week we are introducing at our Preschool to Pre-K blog “the book of the week.” 

The current theme is Martin Luther King and our book of the week is “The Crayon box that Talked” by Shane DeRolf and illustrated by Michael Letzig.

In Shane DeRolf’s deceptively simple poem, a child’s box of crayons conveys the sublimely simple message that when we all work together, the results are much more interesting and colorful.

Mommy and Me Toddler Discussion:
We talked about what is our favorite color and why? Mine is purple and son’s is green. We also talked about imagining if everyone was the same color and what we thought about that.

Art/Craft Activity
Make you multicolored crayons!
Broken pieces of crayon
aluminum pan

Peel broken crayons and melt in a small aluminum pan at 350 degrees for 15 -20 minutes. Cool and break into new multi-colored pieces.

Science/Art Actvity
Mixing colors and finding out what they make.
Materials: watercolors, brushes, water and paper
Here’s a Color Mixing Poster to learn what colors you can make! Use the color mixing activity page to mix your colors on.

Early Math
Make your own color book to help learn and remember colors!
Materials: Scissors, glue, magazines, construction paper, paper

Directions: Gather pictures of different colored items and place them in a photo album or glue onto paper. Your child may choose to draw pictures instead of cutting them out.

Color Mixing Snacks
Get blue Jell-O and yellow Jell-O. After jello sets, take a small zip lock bag and put a tablespoons of yellow on one side and a tablespoons of blue on the other. Then give child a bag and ask them what they think will happen when they squish it together.

After they guess, have them squish it and once it’s mixed to green, cut the corner off the bag and let them squeeze it into their mouth.



This is a wonderful presentation of Martin Luther King, his life and work for young children. It is presented as a book to view. Martin-Luther-King

Video that I found online:
Shahada/Peace song in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (below)
It includes sayings from world leaders and philosophers through the ages.

Most of my friends were surprised I was able to find science activities that could tie in with a Martin Luther King theme. After much research I found two listed below:  


1. Color mixing
Decorate an old sheet by spraying different colors (food coloring and water) from a spray-bottle all over it.
By mixing primary colors (red, blue, yellow) you find secondary colors (orange, green, brown, etc) 
Have the children watch the colors mix and talked about how people are different, just like the colors, but how they can live/work/share together (just like MLK believed). Then after the sheet dried I cut it into squares and let everyone take a piece home.
2. We’re All the Same on the Inside

This is a simple look at how we can look different on the outside, yet be the same on the inside. We use this activity around Martin Luther King day after a discussion about prejudice.
one or more brown eggs
one or more white eggs
a bowl

Plan: Following a discussion with the children about how people are alike (we all have two eyes, we all have hair) and how we differ (blue eyes vs. brown eyes-long hair vs. short) show them a brown egg and a white egg.

Discuss the similarities and differences in the eggs. (They are oval, they are different colors.)

Break each egg into the bowl and dispose of shell. (Hint: this is best done above their eye level because if they see which yolk came from which egg, they will be able to make a distinction). Can they tell which is which? No–because just like people,even though we may LOOK different on the outside, we’re all the same on the inside!