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.
- Download and print the National Child Day Poster: http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/ncd-jne/pdf/poster09-eng.pdf
- Colour the poster together – be creative!
- Blow up the poster to make it really big and have several children or groups of children colour it together.
- 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)
- Talk about “wants”, “needs” and “rights”.
- 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).
- Blow up and cut out the poster. Use as a puzzle
Enjoy spending time with your children and celebrating National Child Day.