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Interantional Volunteer Day Ideas for Children

How can you help your child to celebrate International Volunteer Day? This day falls on December 5 and marks a time to recognize the impact of volunteers. If you're looking for a way to get your kids involved and help them to help others, check out these child-friendly volunteer ideas! Donate to a Food Pantry If your child is too young to 'work' in a volunteer position, they can still help you to pick out items for a food pantry. Take a trip to the grocery store or revisit what you already have at home. Help your child to pick...

World Teacher’s Day Gift Ideas

Give the educator in your family's life a special surprise on World Teacher's Day. This special day, which happens on October 5 annually, is the perfect time to recognize the hard work and dedication that your child's teacher shows every day. In celebration, try one of these easy ideas to recognize a deserving educator. Lunch Treat The mini meal your child's teacher grabs in between classes (at their desk) isn't exactly a foodie find. Instead of a brown paper bag of cut veggies or a soggy sandwich, order a real meal for the teacher. Ask the principal (or other school...

World Food Day Recipe Activity Ideas for Kids

October 16 marks World Food Day. This special day sheds light on food scarcity and the need to solve the world-wide hunger epidemic. Along with activities such as donating to a food pantry or helping to serve a meal at a community kitchen, you can also help your child to better understand what eating looks (and tastes) like in other countries. Celebrate this global event with an international array of foodie finds—that your kiddos can help you to make. Croque Monsieur This French fave is an upgraded grilled cheese that comes with plenty of oeey, gooey goodness. Toast crusty bread...

International Youth Day Award Art Activity

August 12th marks International Youth Day. Celebrate the day by honoring a special young person in your household, school, or community. And how can you honor this person? Start with a youth award. If you're not sure where to start, check out these easy how-to directions for making your own individualized award. Materials You'll Need Cardboard Card stock paper Scissors Markers or pens Clear-drying school glue Gold glitter A photo of the person who is honored How-To Steps Glue a piece of white or light-colored card stock paper onto the cardboard. Make sure the cardboard is at least two inches...

World Day for Cultural Diversity Activities for Children

May 21st marks World Day for Cultural Diversity. Help your child to understand the similarities and differences between people of different geographic areas, religions and more with these fun-filled family-friendly activities. Visit a Museum There are plenty of ways to learn about different cultures by visiting art, history and natural history museums. View art from other places and times, engage in an interactive exhibit that features people from another culture or choose another area of the world to find artifacts from. Discuss what your child views, pointing out the cultural significance of each object or art item. Make a Meal...

Chinese New Year Dumpling Ideas

Food plays a major role in celebrations across the world. And Chinese New Year is no different. While there are several different options for you to make as you create a new year’s dinner or brunch, dumplings are a favorite. Not only are they fun to make, but you can choose from a variety of different feelings — for everyone in the family. Bring the kids in to the activity, letting them measure and mix ingredients. Before you start cooking, check out these dumpling ideas for your Chinese New Year’s holiday celebration. Vegetarian Whether you don’t eat meat or your...

World Diabetes Day Awareness Activities

November 14th marks World Diabetes Day. Created by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) in 1991, this days aims to promote advocacy and awareness of diabetes as a worldwide health issue. What can you do to help the cause and mark this day? Think of ways to help others learn about the disease. If you’re not exactly sure what to do, check out these easy ideas that bring awareness to the community. Host a Speaker Invite a diabetes educator, or someone who has been living with the disease, to come speak at your child’s school, a community organization or local library....

Chinese New Year Family Meal Ideas

In celebration of Chinese New Year have a family feast! Not sure what to cook? That’s okay. There are plenty of options. If you want to go the homemade route (versus ordering from a restaurant), you can cook a holiday meal based on some of the traditional favorites. These are easy enough for even your kids to help you with! Fish Dinner It’s thought that a New Year’s fish dish will bring prosperity in the next year. And, who doesn’t want that? Start with a whole fish (the whole fish symbolizes unity), and prepare it by steaming it with ginger...

Kids’ Activities for International Day of Persons with Disabilities

December 3rd marks the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Each year this day focuses on one specific theme. In 2016 the theme is “Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want.” Mark this special day with a few themed activities that will help to teach your children about disabilities and being inclusive. Goal List Grab a marker, a crayon or a set of pencils and help the kids to create their own “17 Goals.” Talk about different disabilities and how your children (or their school, their community, society) can be more inclusive. Ask the kids to list out 17...

International Volunteer Day Ideas for Young Children

December 5th is International Volunteer Day! Celebrating this day gives you the chance to show your child how important helping others is. Obviously, not all children can volunteer. Or, at least, very young children may be restricted by their age. Volunteer opportunities such as serving homeless people at a community kitchen aren’t always options (organizations typically only allow older teens and adults to work with food prep and serving). So, what can your young child do to mark International Volunteer Day? Collect Food, warm clothes, blankets, toys. These are all items that many charitable organizations need. Whether it’s canned goods...