This diversity activity for kids first appeared on Kids Activities Blog over 10 years ago as a Martin Luther King Jr Day activity idea. The simplicity of the diversity lesson plan idea has made it a favorite with kids of all ages. Pinterest even named this diversity activity as one of the Top 20 pins for Education and Classroom Activities. <–Please share this!
Whether you need a good Martin Luther King Jr Day activity or diversity activities for kids, we love this simple egg lesson to further explore the idea of diversity and cultural differences to your children. Kids Activities Blog always loves when lessons can be visual and hands on.
Egg Diversity Activity for Kids
One of the beautiful things about our little ones is that color, cultural differences and even language usually don’t phase them. Notice that I used the word “phase” because kids are very observant so they do notice the differences. Let’s start teaching them when they are young that accepting and celebrating the differences is a way of life. This will not only have a lasting impression on their own life but impact the world as well.
We Are ALL the Same on the Inside Egg Activity for Kids
- 1 brown egg
- 1 white egg
- (Optional) Erasable marker
MLK Egg Activity Instructions
Hold both eggs in your hands. Have the kids hold them and touch them. Place the eggs next to each other on the plate.
Talk to your child about the two eggs:
- What is the main difference in these two eggs?
- Do you think the brown egg is brown on the inside or the white is white on the inside?
- Discuss their thoughts and observations.
Crack the two eggs next to each other on the plate leaving the shells nearby.
Talk to your child about the two eggs:
- Are they different on the inside?
- If you removed the egg shells, can you tell which egg insides came from each egg?
Depending on your child’s age and understanding you can explore this topic more in depth.
Our Lesson from the Results of the Egg Diversity Activity
I shared with my children on how God created us different and that is what makes us unique with different hair type, body type, color, language, culture and interest. The beautiful thing is we are all human with a heart that beats, with emotions of laughter, joy, sadness and love and this is what should hold us together not the color of our skin.
Our Experience with Diversity
When we first arrived to South America my son didn’t have a grasp of the Spanish language, the children were a bit smaller then his anglo body type (he gets that from his father) and he was a bit lighter than a lot of the kids. His Spanish was basic, he knew a few words here and there like “hola” or “adios” and maybe some numbers but that was it. When he started preschool I was nervous for him knowing that most of the children didn’t speak English and he didn’t speak Spanish. One day I went out to observe him and guess what. He was happily playing with the other boys and girls. They played in their own language but with each other and it wasn’t a problem. It was a beautiful picture of how we should play as adults.
When our kids begin to start noticing and sharing the differences pay close attention to how they are expressing themselves. Are they using hurtful words? Negatively? In awe? Discuss with them their observations. This would be a good time to share a very practical lesson on diversity.
More Martin Luther King Jr. Day activities
One of the reasons that we love this egg diversity activity for kids on Martin Luther King Jr Day is that MLK inspired the entire world to look beyond what is on the outside.
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
–Martin Luther King, Jr I Have a Dream speech on August 28, 1963
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Other practical ways to teach diversity
- Discuss differences when you are out and about. When you see someone in a wheelchair, using sign, dressed in their cultural attire, blind, etc..
- Eat at a restaurant from a different culture.
- Attend cultural events or travel exposing kids to things they never could image.
- Read books that discuss different cultures, languages, abilities and colors.
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How do you teach diversity to your children?