National Child Day Activities

Friday November 20th marks the 20th Anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.  The Convention states that ALL CHILDREN have the following rights:

  • the right to a childhood (protection from harm)
  • the right to be educated (all girls and boys completing primary school)
  • the right to be healthy (having clean water, nutritious food and medical care)
  • the right to be treated fairly (changes laws and practices that are unfair to children)
  • the right to be heard (considering children’s views)

Below are some activities designed to help parents and children celebrate this special day together

  1. Download and print the National Child Day Poster:  http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/ncd-jne/pdf/poster09-eng.pdf
  2. Colour the poster together – be creative!
  3. Blow up the poster to make it really big and have several children or groups of children colour it together.
  4. Find the following items on the poster  – Children (7), Adults (1), Balloons (6), Tiers on the cake (4), Candles (18), Necklace beads (7), Music Notes (3), Party Hats (5)
  5. Talk about “wants”, “needs” and “rights”. 
  6. Have children decide if each of the following items is a “want”, “need” or a “right”:  Cake, Food, Necklace, Music, Books, Education, Adults who care for and protect them, Cultural Expression, Party Hats, Presents, Clothes, Shoes, Soccer (Right to Play), Exercise, Medical Support (wheelchair and glasses).
  7. Blow up and cut out the poster.   Use as a puzzle

Enjoy spending time with your children and celebrating National Child Day.

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