“I Have a Dream” Mobile

  • History & Social Studies
  • Grades 1-3

Teach a lesson about Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream" speech and then have the kids identify their own dreams with these mobile!


  • Friendship Thread Basic Colors
  • Paper
  • Craft Glue
  • Scissors
  • Tape
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Step 1. Gather your supplies.



Step 2.


Download and print the provided templates. To download the template, click the “Template” button above. Start by cutting out the large cloud template.


Step 3.


Cover the large cloud template in white poms using craft glue. Set aside to dry.


Step 4.


Decorate, cut out and fill in the small cloud templates with your dreams! Set aside to dry.


Step 5.


When your large cloud is dry, spell out “I HAVE A DREAM” in silver and blue glitter foam stickers.

Step 6.


Flip over the large cloud and tape (3) 12” pieces of blue friendship thread even distances apart to the back.


Step 7.


Tape the small clouds to the friendship thread.


Step 8.


Tape a piece of blue friendship thread to the top of the large cloud, as shown.


Step 9.


String on transparent rainbow beads to the bottom of the strings. Glue the bottom of the last bead to secure.


Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream, while your students’ make theirs a reality on a cloud mobile!

  • In The Clouds: When students write down their hopes and dreams, they come to life for the first time! Open up an honest discussion about what your students want their futures to look like — not just personally, but nationally and globally too!
  • Fine Motor Dreams: For an extra writing lesson, give each student two paper clouds — the first for brainstorming and drafting, and the second to write sentence(s) in their best handwriting — maybe in cursive!

Throughout his life, Dr. King dedicated his work to equality and social justice — he dreamed of a world where everyone would come together. As a class, watch Kid President explain why we celebrate this Civil Rights leader every January.