Happy Children’s Day!

Hello Families!

June 1st is Universal Children’s Day celebrated by many countries throughout the world (and other countries on different dates.) It had it’s origin in the World Conference for the Wellbeing of Children in Geneva in 1925. It is a fun day with a serious message: Children’s Day offers us an opportunity to promote and celebrate children’s rights that will build a better world for them. The current theme for this day is ”Investing in our future means investing in our children.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wk_feG7c6xA

Fez is celebrating Children’s Day with an online concert this year. You will need to register to participate on Zoom. Monday, June 1st from 5:30 pm.

See the info here: https://fez-berlin.de/en/

Activity ideas:

A fun thing to do for Children’s Day is to have the child “take over” a role normally done by an adult, like teach an adult how to do something, preparing a meal (or choosing what will be made.)

If you want to give them a small present or treat, you could hide it and make a treasure hunt. If you have a garden, plant something or bury a time capsule. Or, Make a bean pole tent!

Try to make it a celebratory day with an indoor dance party, karaoke or an outdoor adventure.

Make a paper hat. Here is a tutorial from Tausendkind. Obviously bigger paper will yield a bigger hat that they can actually wear, but you can follow the same steps: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8ViL_vv0QQ

Here are steps to make an origami paper crown: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxPHgbvYmYM

Interview your kids. Here is a very nice short video of kids giving advice to grown ups: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QSCL6IQKP4

Look through this amazing photo series of “Where Kids Sleep” by James Mollison with your kids. It will give them a better idea of how kids live in different countries: https://www.jamesmollison.com/where-children-sleep

Also, Gabriele Galimberti’s awesome photographs of Children and their Toys: Toy Stories

Watch this lovely animated film (with funny voiced sound effects) made to celebrate Unicef’s Declaration of Children’s Rights in 1979:

Every Child https://www.nfb.ca/film/every_child/

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