Free puzzle games, stories, crafts, and printable activities for kids ages 4–12.

Practice PeacePractice Peace
This week, through stories, puzzles, and activities, we are showcasing some of the ideals that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood for, including caring for your community, fighting for equality, and—of course—practicing peace. While talking to your kids about civil rights may feel like a daunting task, there are ways to incorporate Dr. King’s core messages into conversations with kids of any age. Help young children understand that every person should be treated with respect and with kindness, and that to truly know someone, you have to spend time with them and talk to them. For older kids, choose a book about Dr. King’s life and legacy. Discuss how Dr. King helped bring about great progress toward equality, and explain that we still have a long way to go. We hope that you and your will join us today—and every day—in working to make the world a better place.
practice peace

1. Practice Peace

Watch our video for ways to practice peace with your family.

solve a puzzle

2. Solve a Puzzle

These animals are experiencing the joy of working together. While they make their maple syrup, look for the differences between the two scenes. 

sonnet for a king

3. Read a Poem

We remember Martin Luther King Jr. as we honor his legacy on January 18. Read the poem, then ask your child to share how their life has been changed for the better thanks to Martin Luther King Jr.’s influence.

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4. Ask a Question

These “Would you rather” questions will help spark kind thoughts in your child’s mind and give great ideas of ways to brighten someone’s day.

 

make a peace pendant

5. Make a Pendant

Display your love of peace with this easy-to-make peace pendant necklace.

Do something for others

6. Do Something for Others

Share your child’s act of kindness with us at HighlightsKids.com.

Write, Draw, or Talk About It

7. Write, Draw, or Talk About It

What did your child choose to do to make the world better today? We’d love to see what they did at HighlightsKids.com

peace gallery

8. Get Inspired

This drawing is called “The Heart of Earth” by Lillian, Age 7, MA. Kids have been sending us their ideas about kindness and creating a better world. Read their responses here!

search the scene

9. Search the Scene

Moving to a new neighborhood can be hard. A friendly face and kind gesture can make a huge difference! While Mrs. Beaver welcomes the Mouse family to the forest, search for the items hidden in the scene. 

bake cookies

10. Bake Cookies

Share some love with these heart-shaped cookies. They can easily be left at the door of someone who could use a pick-me-up. 

Send a care package

11. Send a Care Package

In this time of social distancing, it can take some creativity to stay connected with loved ones. A care package is a great way to remind friends and family you are thinking of them from afar. Who will your child send a package to?

find the hidden objects

12. Find the Hidden Objects

Happiness and peace begin at home. These kids have figured that out. They know that helping their mom and baby sister helps to make everyone happy! Can you find the eight objects hidden in the scene? 

how to make yourself feel better

 13. Feel Better

Grumpiness happens. We all get stressed out. We all make mistakes. But how do we handle those emotions? Help your child try these tips the next time they need to reset their mood.

 

encourage peace

14. Encourage Peace

This reader recognized she has a problem that she wants to fix. We all complain sometimes and can learn from this reader’s experience. Check out our ideas about how to help keep complaining to a minimum. More positive energy encourages a peaceful atmosphere. 

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