Children’s Freedom Bell Project

By | January 6, 2017

Martin Luther King Jr. – Children’s Freedom Bell Project

 In honor of Martin Luther King Jr., Kekoa will be making his own Freedom Bell, a bell that he can ring on Martin Luther King Day.children's freedom bell project
Martin Luther King Jr. gave a powerful speech that impacted many across the nations as well as changed the future for generations to come.
You can watch his “I have a dream speech” we also wrote subtitles to give you a better experience!
In that speech, he called out freedom for states where racism took place giving power to those who were suppressed during these hard times.
“And so let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire.
Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York.
Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania.
Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado.
Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California.
But not only that:
Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.
Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee.
Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi.
From every mountainside, let freedom ring.”

Kekoa Freedom Bell Project Video

Children’s Freedom Bell Project Materials:

  • Styrofoam cup
  • Foil
  • Silver/Gold bell (from last Christmas decor)
  • Pipe cleaners


  1. Kekoa used three bells. Wrap the end of a pipe cleaner through each bell.
  2. Measure the length of the cup with the bells, fold down the pipe cleaners, and wrap the ends of the pipe cleaners around each other but leave three ends sticking out (so it will lift the cup without raising the bell levels)
  3. Poke a hole through the center at the bottom of the cup with a pen or pencil.
  4. Cover the cup with the foil paper and press the foil against the cup completely wrapping the outside of the cup.
  5. Poke a hole through the foil where the other hole is.
  6. Push the looped part of the pipe cleaners through the hole (the ends that you left open will keep the rest of the pipe cleaners from feeding through).
  7. Open the loop of pipe cleaners above the cup and you are done!

You can have your child decorate your cup however they please and add whatever elements that remind them of freedom.

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If you have your children make a Freedom Bell project for Martin Luther King Jr. Day feel free to share your project with us or even comment and send a short video clip of your child ringing their bell on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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