Fun Activities to do on Universal Children´s Day
November 20, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Universal Children´s Day was first established in 1954 by the United Nations on a day like today, November 20th, in order to promote unity and international awareness of children´s rights. UNICEF coordinates this special day and encourages us to participate in improving the welfare of children all over the world. There are still too many who  do not enjoy their full rights and there is still a lot to do. We, as parents, should help our children become aware.

“The one thing all children have in common is their rights. Every child has the right to survive and thrive, to be educated, to be free from violence and abuse, to participate and to be heard. “

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

On a day like today, the United Nations clearly makes a call of attention o their website:

“The world made a promise to children: that we would do everything in our power to protect and promote their rights to survive and thrive, to learn and grow, to make their voices heard and to reach their full potential. In spite of the overall gains, there are many children who have fallen even further behind. Old challenges have combined with new problems to deprive many children of their rights and the benefits of development.”

What happens on Universal Children´s Day?

Many schools and educational centres inform children about their rights, according to the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, in 1959, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, in 1989. Teachers engage in activities to motivate their students to think about the differences and make sure they understand the concept of rights. In countries where children’s rights are respected it is usually in the classroom where students are reminded of how important this day is.


Otherwise, in countries where their rights are not considered, UNICEF carries out actions in order to call the attention of the international media as well as develops campaigns on a national level to explain to the population how important vaccine shots or breastfeeding is, for example.

What can we do on Universal Children´s Day?

Although their teachers will speak to them about their rights, parents can also contribute. Here at the Toy Blog, we´ve repeatedly suggested that education starts at home. And the foundation to get your kids to understand the world they live in is built on our ability to communicate and make them understand. They should know that there are children, who don’t go to school, do not have food to eat or access to doctors or hospitals. Once they become aware, is when we can get them to participate by helping.

Here are some ideas to help you build your child´s awareness:

  • Set an example at the dinner table: It´s not a question of terrifying them or giving them facts and numbers on childhood mal nutrition but rather have them put themselves in other children’s “shoes”. At dinner, ask your kids what they would do if they had nothing to eat or if they met another child who had nothing to eat. Make sure you listen to them and engage in a debate.
  • Understanding: Kids learn how to feel empathy through their games and play. When you go to the supermarket, get your kids to “play at how much food can they buy with 2 euros, for example. Make sure you tell them that half of the kids in the world live on less than that per day.
  • Volunteers: Thanks to the Internet, it´s very easy to find non profit organizations that help childhood development. Sit down with your kids and choose a project together. At Educo, for example, they have this amazing initiative that support kids who want to help other kids around the world.

The CONI Association organizes solidary birthday parties to help children in Guatemala go to school.

What are your plans to celebrate Universal Children´s Day?

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