The pandemic is transforming the way a classroom looks. From schools that are still fully online to those who are doing a hybrid form of learning, teachers around the world had to get creative fast. As a result, it might be challenging to find practical ideas for Children’s Day activities.
Nevertheless, we’re here to support all types of classes, and we hope that you’ll get inspired with ideas that you can use to put a smile on your students’ faces!
1. Wall Of Fame: Make Every Child A Superstar!
The idea is for the teacher to highlight every child’s best quality and display the wall to the class. To do this, you need space on a wall or a large board with every child’s photo attached to it. Frame the photos or use gold-coloured tape to create a prestigious feel to the Wall of Fame.
Under the photo of every child, write their names and their best qualities. For instance, John Baker- incredibly helpful and a friend to all. If your aim is to also make them laugh, you can write witty lines under their names as well.
For maximum effect, play energetic music in the background or get the kids to do a drumroll on the tables as you announce their names and qualities like a TV or Awards host would.
Online: For classes doing Children’s Day activities online, you can recreate this by using PowerPoint to make the Wall of Fame and sharing your screen.
2. Talent Show: Create a Stage for Them to Shine
A talent show requires a little extra planning and may require parental assistance. But it’s worth it because you’re giving children a stage to shine.
Inform the students and parents ahead of time about the show and encourage every child to practice a skill that they can show the class. You can give them ideas such as decorating a beautiful cupcake, playing a musical instrument, drawing a cartoon character, or maybe even giving a speech about the importance of Children’s Day.
The key is to simply appreciate them and celebrate their unique abilities. So, it’s best not to turn it into a competition and name winners.
Online: For online classes, this can also be easily replicated. Just make sure that the students have a working camera and mic so everyone can see them as they perform.
3. Show and Tell: Encourage Their Dreams
Children’s Day activities don’t always require preparations by the teacher. In the spirit of learning more about every child (and taking a break), you can arrange a show and tell.
The theme could be role models where students have the option of picking their family members, an internet personality, a historical figure, athletes, or even celebrities as their subject.
Give the children several questions to answer as they explain:
- Who is your role model?
- Why is he/she your role model?
- What are you going to do to be like them?
Tell the students to dress up or bring photos, drawings -anything that’s related to their role models is welcome.
This simple but powerful activity not only gives you a chance to encourage your students’ dreams but also develops their confidence and presentation skills.
Online: Just like the talent show, the show and tell activity can be done online. In fact, it’s easier to present photos and other media over the Internet!
4. We Are Different but the Same: Guessing Game
Like other Children’s Day activities, this activity focuses on the individual child. But with a little preparation on your part, it can turn into a powerful lesson about diversity and inclusion.
Get the kids to write down things they like and dislike on strips of paper. When they’re done, put the papers in a bowl. Next, read the details of each paper aloud without saying the child’s name. Let the children guess who wrote each set of likes and dislikes.
This activity celebrates every child’s unique set of preferences that make them who they are. It can also reveal similarities between classmates who may have thought they had nothing in common.
To further emphasise the beauty of variety and differences, you can take the time to share how differences make the world a more interesting place. Explain that each child, regardless of their background or physical appearance, belongs in this world. Affirm the children that they’re allowed to be different from everyone else.
Finally, end the activity by explaining how people shouldn’t be judged by their appearances.
Online: To play this game online, allow students to use the private messaging function and send their answers to you. If the children are too young to type or navigate the computer, you can call them individually first to obtain their answers verbally.
5. Make Them Heroes of a Comic
Did you know you can use Canva to create free comic strips starring your students as heroes?
Everything from speech bubbles to stickers and backgrounds is available for you to unleash your creativity!
First, ask all of the students to look into their cameras as you screenshot your Zoom screen. This will give you a shot of all their faces that you can crop out individually.
Then, upload them to the Canva comic strip builder page and place them on top of any sticker characters. From here, you can build your comic strip with the resources and space provided.
Create the comic ahead of time so you can print copies to hand them out on Children’s Day. It may be a good idea for you to give a short speech about how each student is special and have unique abilities.
Online: For online classes, you can save paper and send the saved comic strip to the students digitally during the class!
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