National Child Day 2010

Saturday, November 20, 2010 - 6:00am

What is National Child Day in Canada?

Since 1993, National Child Day has been celebrated across Canada to commemorate the United Nations adoption of two documents centered on the rights of children: the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the Child  on November 20, 1959, and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child on November 20, 1989.

Celebrate National Child Day in your school by celebrating children as active participants in their own lives and in their school communities, as students that can meaningfully contribute to decision-making of ensuring your school is a health promoting one.

Activity Ideas for National Child Day

No Electronics Challenge Day
Submitted by: Ever Active Schools, Edmonton

Challenge students, teachers and other members of the school community to go for a whole day without using any electronics. This means no computers, calculators, video games or systems, cell phones, TVs or, if you want to get really strict... cars (since many cars have computers in them). Offer families ideas for active games or activities they can do at home to break out of their normal routine.


Who We Are Posters
Submitted by: PHE Canada, Ottawa

Students work in groups to create posters that reflect themselves and the group as a whole. Divide students in groups of 6. You may divide students randomly, by interests, career aspirations, birthdays etc. Ask students to work together to create a poster that reflects the group as a whole and individually. Students should spend 20 minutes sharing details about themselves, such as birthday's, families, favorite colours, numbers, sports, food, activities, feels, challenges, likes and dislikes. This gives learners an opportunity to reflect on themselves and learn more about their classmates. Students should then cut, paste, draw or colour images or symbols that correspond to the prior discussion.


Active Kids Writing
Submitted by: Ever Active Schools, Edmonton
Have students complete a short writing activity describing ways they like to keep active. Include illustrations as a part of the project. Post these in your school hallways


Making Strides
Submitted by: Ever Active Schools, Edmonton
Set up a friendly competition between students and teachers to see who can log the most steps over a certain period of time. Have competitiors aim for 10,000 steps per day. Give awards for participation and meeting goals. Encourage parents to walk with their children and provide a list of community areas where families can walk. Challenge another Ever Active School in your area to a "Walking Week." Tally steps from each school and celebrate the completion of the competition with a healthy lunch

These activities were derived from our Promising Practices Database. You can browse our Promising Practices Database for additional ideas and activities that support children’s rights to a healthy school community.

You can submit a practice on our National Promising Practices Database.