‘Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.’
– Albert Einstein
The United Nation’s International Peace Day is on September 21st. This holiday is meant to promote peace and unity throughout the world. Here are some ideas of how you can celebrate Peace Day with Your kids.
1. Read Books that Inspire Peace and Unity
There are many great books to inspire both peace and unity. You can check out our favorite books HERE in the Kids in Service Book Corner.
2. Observe a Minute of Silence
Many schools and organizations will pause for one minute of silence at noontime on September 21st. This minute is a time to reflect upon all those around the world and the importance of celebrating our similarities and differences. Encourage your kids to spend the minute with you in silence and reflection.
3. Draw Pictures of Peace
It’s time to break out the art supplies or sidewalk chalk and allow your kids to draw pictures of what PEACE looks like to them.
4. Write a Peace Day Pledge
What can you as a family do to promote peace in your house, your neighborhood, your community and the world? Create a Peace Day Pledge that you can come back to again and again throughout the year.
5. Join the Peace Crane Project
“The Peace Crane Project invites every student on the planet to fold an origami crane, write a message of peace on its wings, then exchange it with another student somewhere in the world. The Project builds friendships, strengthens hand-eye coordination and writing skills, teaches geography, exposes students to new languages and cultures, and EMPOWERS YOUTH to make a difference in their community, country, and world. Classrooms, teachers, students, schools, community groups, and individuals are welcome. It’s FREE to participate!” Check out their website to learn more!
Check out the UN’s International Peace Day Page for more ideas!