Today, November 20, is a day for children around the world. On this day, through various activities and promotions, we contribute to the improvement and saving of children’s lives. We fight for their rights and help them realize their potential!
What is Children’s Day?
It’s a fun day, with a serious message, when children ‘take on’ the roles of visibility in media, politics, business, sports and entertainment to highlight the most pressing challenges facing the 21st century. There are a lot of events around the world that are focused on children.
November 20 is an important date, which is associated with 1959, when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. The UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989 on the same day. This is a day that talks about the importance of children and how they have special rights and freedoms that help them grow into happy, healthy adults.
Celebrating and contributing to children’s happiness
On this date, events such as ‘take over the day’ are organized, in which children take on the role of adults in schools, businesses or the community. Fun events are organized to celebrate childhood and children’s rights.
Activities we can do in the family as a form of celebrating and contributing to these events…
- Family fun
The whole family should gather during the day, with breakfast or lunch and talk by asking questions about some interesting events. For example, talk about happy childhood events, the period of schooling and so on. You need to let the children ask you questions, sing and dance.
- Camp in the garden
Set up your tent in the yard (or make an improvisation in the house during the winter) and play a board game or tell interesting stories.
- Family Fun Contest
Plan a family fun contest for a while during the day or evening. The competition should be something that everyone can participate in.
Here are some ideas:
• Balance competition – you need two tin cans and a certain length of rope. Place the cans at two feet, each person standing with one foot on the can, holding one end of the rope in their hand. Counting three, each challenger tries to balance the opponent by pulling the rope.
• The longest apple peel – you need an apple and vegetable peeler. Each person will peel an apple, and then measure who has the longest unbroken peel.
• Blink challenge – stare at each other and see who will blink first.
• Laugh – try to make your opponents laugh by making jokes and making funny faces.
• House of cards – who can build the largest house of cards.
• Jump rope – who can skip the longest?
• Pedestals on hands – who can stay in the air the longest?
• Coin minting – see whose coin is spinning the longest. Be sure to give everyone a few exercises.
Note: you can create your own competitions to add to this list. Younger kids should get a point advantage, so that’s fair for everyone.
- Family concert
Organize a family concert. Each person can invent a song, dance or rap and introduce themselves to the rest of the family.
- Generation Stories
Ask your parents or someone older in the family to tell you a story about something special that you did when you were little. Also, tell your children the story of their childhood. You could tell them about some special things you remember.
- Get out!
Embark on an outdoor adventure with your family. Take advantage of some of the great parks or hiking trails and spend the day hiking, exploring and having a picnic. Even if it rains, put on raincoats and rubber boots and jump over puddles.
A word or two about parenting
Parents have the most important role in the world! They do the most important job there is. It is a very useful job, but sometimes very difficult.
When you are a parent, it means that:
– Make sure your children have the things they need.
– Take care of yourself so you can be there for them. It’s good to take some time for yourself On the Barnardos website there are some nice tips.
– Learn about positive discipline. Parenting work has never come with a manual, and knowing some tricks can make your life a lot easier.
– Listen to what the kids say on social media. They fill us with inspiration every day.
Be a part of a global event to mark Children’s Day, help spread the message of ‘taking care our children’ and share useful information for parents on Children’s Day. Let your friends and family know about it and help promote and celebrate this great day.
At this link (https://www.news18.com/news/lifestyle/childrens-day-2020-playlist-of-evergreen-songs-for-kids-3078278.html) you can find a list of evergreen songs for kids.
Let’s have fun together.
Be the change you want to see in the world.