International Children's Day

For the International Children's Day on 1 June there will be lots of parties and small gifts for the children. But who brought the Children's Day into being and why?

History background of the child's day

The Children's Day is a holiday for children in many cultures. The Children's Day was founded in 1925 at the World Conference for the Well-Being of Children. 54 representatives from different countries took part and some governments introduced the Children's Day. In 1954 the UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund) decided that every state should have a so-called World Children's Day. In Germany and 30 other countries, the Children's Day will be celebrated on 1 June. West Germany decided to celebrate Children's Day on 20 September. Today the Children's Day is celebrated on different days in over 140 countries.

Children's rights

The Children's Day is not only a holiday for the children, but also a day of political struggle. This day is intended above all to remind children of their rights. This also means a right to sufficient space, a right to peace, a healthy environment and love. Many children live in poverty - this is another day to remember. "Almost a third of the 2.1 billion children and young people worldwide grow up in extreme poverty. Almost eleven million children still die before they reach the age of five, most of them from preventable diseases such as measles or diarrhoea. 246 million girls and boys between the ages of five and 17 work for starvation wages to ensure the survival of their families". (UNICEF).

A nice song provides a primary school on Youtube, on the way to a "European Rhythm for Children".

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Play ideas for the children's day

In many kindergartens the International Children's Day will be intensively prepared on 1 June. The Children's Day is the highlight of the year in many kindergartens. Games, excursions, parties and delicious food invite you to celebrate. Here are some game ideas listed:

  • various board games
  • Play Theatre
  • Puppetry
  • Child make-up
  • Potting
  • Can throwing
  • Hinder handicap race with a balloon
  • Zeitungsstaffel (Every runner gets 2 newspaper sheets on which he has to run a course)
  • pass on water cup (A full water cup is passed through with the teeth.)
  • Mr Fischer Mr Fischer How deep is the water?
  • jump rope
  • sack hopping
  • Tug-of-war
  • Egg running
  • gate wall shooting
  • creative offers
  • season games

"The children's day is not just a day when there are little gifts for children. It should also be a family day and remind us how valuable and precious the time we spend with our children is" (Dr. Oliver Lederle).

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