Archive for the "International" Category

Children’s Books for World Humanitarian Day

August 19th is World Humanitarian Day. While the concept may seem advanced for your young child to pick up on, you can help him to learn what a humanitarian is and how these very special people save, care for and shape the world. How? Through a children’s book or two! Check out these great reads for young kids on World Humanitarian Day. Who Was Mother Teresa? By Jim Gigliotti and Nancy Harrison. Elementary school-aged children can read about this famous humanitarian, her life and her work – in a way that’s entirely easy to understand. Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led...

Make a Book to Celebrate International Literacy Day

Every year on September 8th we celebrate International Literacy Day. Obviously, you want to read a book (or a few) to your child on this special day. But, what else can you do? Try a book-making arts and crafts activity! Materials: Cardboard or card stock paper Scissors A hole punch Construction paper Pipe cleaners or yarn Markers Instructions: Cut the cardboard or cardstock into an 8x10-inch or larger size. Size and cut the construction paper so that it’s slightly smaller than the cardboard or card stock. Put the paper on top of the cardboard/card stock. Use as many pieces of...

International Youth Day Art Activities

Celebrate International Youth Day with a few artsy activities! This holiday (held on August 12th) recognizes the accomplishments of young people. Help your child to get creative on this special day, making an imaginative artwork with a Youth Day theme. Check out these art activities for kids of all ages. You can adapt the project to fit your child’s age, developmental level and needs. Mighty Mural Roll out the butcher paper (or use solid, light-colored gift wrap) to make a background for a movable mural. Ask your child to draw a scene that features notable children from throughout history or...

Celebrate World Friendship Day Across the Globe

What are your kids doing on World Friendship Day? Well, if you said spending time with friends – you’d have the obvious answer! Along with celebrating our BFF’s, this holiday also helps everyone to understand friendships in a global way. Take the opportunity that this special day gives to learn about friendships that cross borders. How? Understand Allies Start by asking your child what an ally is. If she can’t answer, help her to figure out the definition (she can look it up online or in a book). Now, take the discussion to a world-wide level. Do some research on...

International Youth Day Activities for Kids

August 12th is International Youth Day. Celebrate the young person in your life with a few family-fun events and activities! Also known as World Youth Day, this holiday acknowledges the accomplishments, successes and achievements of youth across the globe. So, what can you do to mark this day? Learn About Youth Athletes Your child is sporty to the max. She plays soccer, does gymnastics, skis, skates and is constantly on the go. Help her to understand that top athletes aren’t always adults. Do some library or Internet research on youth and teen athletes. Your child can read a biography or...

Celebrate Nelson Mandela International Day With Your Family

Started in 2009, Nelson Mandela International Day brings the message that every person can (and has the responsibility to) change the world for the better. Celebrating Mandela’s legacy, this holiday honors the idea of serving every day. Celebrating Mandela Day means taking action. This can fall under a number of different categories – including, food security, education and literacy, shelter and infrastructure and the environment. Whether you’re young or old, you (and your family) can mark this day with your own celebration. How? Pick a theme. What’s important to you? What about your family? Choose from the four main themes...

Cinco de Mayo Learning Activities for Kids

May 5th marks Cinco de Mayo! This celebration of Mexican culture and heritage. Take the time on this holiday to help your child learn about Mexico, its history and the people of the country. How? Check out these child-friendly activities that promote learning and celebration. Read a book. Visit the local library and look for age-appropriate books on Mexico. You can choose a focus – such as culture, history or notable people. Books for younger children include titles such as Look What Came from Mexico by Miles Harvey, Fiesta by June Behrens or Frida by Jonah Winter and Ana Juan....

World Poetry Day Celebrations for Kids

World Poetry Day is celebrated annually on March 21. Originally established by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in 1999, World Poetry Day recognizes the importance of this writing art. How can you help your child to celebrate poetry’s big day? Write a poem. Obviously, an easy answer. Instead of just putting pen to paper, have your child try writing a specific style of poetry or a poem in a genre from a different country. These could include a haiku, an ancient Greek ode or an Italian canzone. Illustrate a piece of poetry. Ask your child to find...

Celebrate International Women’s Day

What is International Women’s Day? Celebrated on March 8, this day celebrates the achievements of women across the globe. This includes political, social, economic and cultural gains. It’s also a call to action for creating gender equality. Celebrating International Women’s Day isn’t a singular event – it’s about recognizing achievements and pledging to take action when it comes to advancing equality between men and women. What can you do to mark this day? Make a pledge. Visit the International Women’s Day website and pledge to help women/girls achieve ambitions, challenge biases, make leadership gender-balanced, bring greater value to women’s contributions...

Chinese New Year Lantern Craft

The Chinese New Year starts on February 8th. 2016 marks the year of the Fire Monkey. Unlike the Gregorian calendar’s new year (i.e., January 1), the Chinese New Year falls on a different date each year. Celebrate this year by making a (not-so-traditional) Chinese lantern. Paper lanterns have been used in China for centuries. Your child can get crafty and create his or her own version. Even though these lanterns don’t really light, your child can still hang them up and decorate the house for the new year! Materials: Card stock paper Scissors Clear tape Clear-drying school glue Glitter or...