National Child Day activity selector tool

The child rights activity guide provides various activities for educators, group leaders, children and youth to celebrate National Child Day.

There are four categories of activities with detailed instructions for educators and group leaders:

There are also two categories of activities that can be led by children and youth:

Educators and group leaders:  Use the activity selector tool below to find an activity that is appropriate for your age group.  You may also browse the two child and youth-led categories mentioned above for activity ideas to propose to your students.

Choose your age group:

Activity name Category Activity description Age group Time
The curious visitor Rights for all Participants collect items around the classroom or home to explain children's rights to an alien named Zorp. 4 to 8 30 to 60 minutes
A child's rights and wants Rights for all Participants trace the outline of a child on a large piece of paper. They then develop a list of the things the child requires to live a happy, healthy life while differentiating between needs and wants. 9 to 11,
12 to 13
14 to 18
1 hour and over
Plot your spot Rights for all Participants plot their feelings about various statements related to children's needs and wants and then match the statements to rights in the convention. 12 to 13
14 to 18
1 hour and over
Rights web Exploring rights A ball of yarn is used to create a web connecting all participants to demonstrate how their rights are interconnected. 4 to 8,
9 to 11
30 to 60 minutes
A world of rights Exploring rights Images are distributed to participants for them to match with statements about rights (images can also be cut for participants to assemble as a puzzle). 4 to 8,
9 to 11
1 hour and over
Rights radio Exploring rights Participants develop a news broadcast using real life current events that involve children's rights being supported or denied. 9 to 11,
12 to 13
14 to 18
Multiple group sessions
Report to the UN Exploring rights Participants select a country and a specific right from the UNCRC and prepare a report card to present to the United Nations. 14 to 18 Multiple group sessions
Working together Rights come with responsibilities The group reads a story from the activity guide about cooperation and participants must work together to solve the problem. 4 to 8 30 to 60 minutes
Two hands are better than one Rights come with responsibilities Using construction paper cut-outs of their own hands, participants connect a right from the convention with a responsibility and explain their choices. 9 to 11,
12 to 13
1 hour and over
Rights and responsibilities Rights come with responsibilities Debating a ban of junk food from the school cafeteria, participants will need to consider their rights and responsibilities as well as those of "duty-bearers" (people responsible for supporting children’s rights). 14 to 18 1 hour and over
A special gift Express your rights Participants will make gifts to be shared with other youth that represents a right in the convention. 9 to 11
12 to 13
Multiple group sessions
Rights exhibition Express your rights Participants create a photography exhibit based on an article from the convention 14 to 18 Multiple group sessions
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