My fondest memories of fun at school are associated with Children’s Day celebrations. Children’s Day at our school used to be celebrated with a lot of fervor and enthusiasm. We were allowed to dress up in our casual dresses and come to school. The day began with a prayer followed by a speech about the life and achievements of Chacha Nehru, whose birthday we set out to celebrate on 14th November. The assembly was followed by some dance and drama performances by our teachers who disguised themselves as kids. Then followed the fun and frolic in the form of a fair where there were various stalls that conducted games and fun events for kids.
Yes, the highlight of the Children’s Day was always this fest at the school where our teachers made a special effort to make this day fun and memorable for us year after year. But now that I have become a parent and my elder child has begun to understand Children’s Day I set out to figure how I could make this day fun for my kids at home too. So here’s a list of things that you as a parent could do to have fun on Children’s Day at home too.
First and foremost if you wish to make this Children’s Day special for your kids, you have to commit that one thing that in itself is the best gift you could give your kid. It’s the ‘Gift of Time.’ Now that you have committed to this gift, let’s embark on this fun list further –
1. Decorate your kids room or your living area
Yes we always associate decoration at home with Birthday celebrations. But use Children’s Day as one more reason to deck up your kid’s room or your living area. Do up the entire room in a particular theme, or equip one corner of the room with a prop to get on to the second fun activity for the day.
2. Arrange a Photoshoot
Once you have set up a photo booth spend time taking pictures of your kids with some fun props in their best suits. Or else you could go to an outdoor location, probably your kids’ favorite place of recreation and take some pictures to preserve some more fond memories of your kids’ childhood. You could hire a professional cameraman or put to use your own photography skills. The bottom line is to have fun.
3. Become a Story Teller
My kids really enjoy listening to stories. Their bed time routine is incomplete without a story telling session. But sometimes I become a little more enthusiastic and take to role playing with the kids as my audience. This Children’s Day, take the story telling experience to a new level through some costumes and props. The joy and awe you will see in your kids eyes, will make your day too.
4. Cook Your Kids Favorite Food
Shift your focus from nutrition to fun food for a day. Seriously it will not do too much harm to relax the meal and mealtime rules a bit and organize an in-house picnic. Set up a temporary tent using your imagination or with help from the internet. Make your kids favorite dish and serve them in a new fancy plate or bowl.
5. Don’t Forget the Chocolates
When I talk about kids’ favorite and indulgent food items, I just can’t leave out chocolates from the list. They appear on the top, middle and the end of the list. You could bring home your favorite chocolates from a range of Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolates. You won’t have to go far for this. The provision store closest to your place will give you what you wish for. Or maybe even better! You could take your kids to the store and give them the freedom to take their pick of their favorite Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate bar.
6. DIY Time
Spend some time preparing for some DIY Art & Craft activities to spend a creative Children’s Day with your kids. Or you could plan in advance and make one to gift your kid on Children’s Day. This year my sister-in-law (my husband’s sister) has made some wonderful gifts for the three angels in our house and sent them to me. I can’t wait for my kids to see these and give their reactions. Find below the glimpse of the wonderful felt creations.
7. Attend a Children’s Day Event
Do some research and find out who in your neighborhood is conducting a children’s day party (read event). Register your kid and yourself for some fun, frolic and learning. Come back home exhausted and prepare for the next day’s routine.
8. A Day Full of Free Play and No Work
Yes, take a day off from your routine and give the notebooks and other activities on your agenda a break. Just bask in the glory of free play with your kids toys or out in the park. Or spend time at home coloring aimlessly and create magic with crayons, or play some board games. Let your kids smile for no apparent reason and cherish the moment for days to follow. Help your child seek happiness in simplicity and in return find happiness for yourself.
This Children’s Day commit to bringing the celebrations home!