The United Nations' (UN) Universal Children's Day, which was established in 1954, is celebrated on Nov. 20 each year to promote international togetherness and awareness among children worldwide.
We celebrated in the Petworth Library children's room on Nov. 20, and had some very special books on display that describe how children live around the world:
We talked about how children live differently around the world, but also that there are things that all children share: school, pets, friends, food, families, play, art and being silly. We found all this in the book To Be A Kid.
We danced to the music of Putumayo's World Playground, and had fun doing crafts. We had flags of many different countries, and found each country on the map as we did activities from Tanzania, India and Japan. We made a Tanzanian bracelet, practiced writing "Namaste" in Hindi, and made a carp fish windsock, to resemble the carp windsocks that are flown on Children's Day in Japan.
Everyone had a wonderful time, and we want to celebrate Universal Children's Day every year.