Every year November 14 is celebrated as Children’s Day every year. “The children of today will make the India of tomorrow. The way we bring them up will determine the future of the country,” Jawaharlal Nehru once said. As a tribute to the first prime minister of India, who was lovingly called ‘Chacha Nehru’ by kids, it is observed to emphasise the importance of giving affection and love to children. Many schools organise cultural programmes, events, games and many more playful activities for the children on this day.
While most of the day goes in celebrating the occasion, a simple twist to the day could always add more meaning to it. It is often said that children try to emulate their parents and other elders in their family. They tend to pick up habits and do similar things as those around them. Keeping this practice in mind, create special memories with your child and also inculcate good values with these fun and frolic yet meaningful activities.
If you’re wondering how to make the day memorable, here are some simple ways to add a wisp of magic for the little ones.
Have a green thumb
Keeping in mind the present state of pollution in our country, doing a bit for the environment is surely a boon for everyone. While gardening may sound like a cumbersome process, it isn’t all that difficult. Along with your child, you could pick out simple gardening tools and walk to the nearest park for the endeavour.
If a park or a garden is not accessible, a small pot could also be picked to plant a seedling. During the process, you could teach your child about the importance of plants and our dependency on them. This activity is a perfect blend of learning and a lot of fun.
Cook for the underprivileged
It is always beneficial to instill good values and habits in children. But, verbal lecture may not always be effective. This Children’s Day, teach your kids the value of food and the importance of family by making them do something good for the less privileged.
You can start by contacting a nearby orphanage and organising a visit. Once that is done, all you need to do is prep up your kitchen, make it more child friendly before letting your children free. The next step is to pick up an easy recipe and start cooking. You could also bake, if the idea of cooking is too complicated. Moreover, if there is no orphanage close to you, the yummy treats can also be distributed among street children.
Walk in the woods and shoot a photo story
A nature walk is not always possible in a metro city. However, with upgraded technology and top-notch phones, it isn’t all that difficult to create a photo story. Common spots like botanical gardens and parks can be visited for the act. If there is a lake or a beach in your city, you could also plan a visit there. However, if you are short of time, walking around on a busy street is also a good option. Ask your child to click anything that s/he finds interesting. Create a photo story with these pictures and you will be amazed with the results.
Volunteer for animal shelter
These days we often hear about the cruelty and violence happening against animals. Therefore, visiting an animal shelter and teaching your children about empathy and animal care would not only benefit your child but also the society. You could either visit a pet shelter or an adoption centre for animals. Many a time, animal shelters need volunteers to feed or walk the pets around, so you and your child could always offer that helping hand. There is a lot to learn from animals when it comes to unconditional and selfless love – let your child learn from the best.
Clean up the neighbourhood
While many of us are cautious about our homes and want them to be spic and span, not many have the same attitude when it comes to keeping the city clean. Instead of teaching your children about hygiene and neatness verbally, you could take them to a nearby place and clean it up. You do not have to visit a garbage dump yard for this activity. Even a park or a dirty street is enough for the practical lesson. But, make sure you and your children have their mouths and hands covered and don’t forget to carry a garbage bag.
Create something out of waste
Teaching children about waste can also be turned into an interactive and fun activity. Instead of telling them about recycling, trying showing it to them. Indians are known to be the flag bearers of ‘recycling’ as we tend to re-use almost everything – and this activity could be both fun and educational. You could pick out easily available things stuff like bottles, old books, used boxes, worn-out clothes and create something wonderful out of it.
So, what would you like to do this time around?