Screen-Free Fun for DÃa de los NiÃ±osMari Hernandez-Tuten
I can’t wait to kick off our first year of celebrating El Día de los Niños! I’m embarrassed to say it, but I’ve ignored this day for nine years. My son asked me one day why there’s no such thing as kids’ day and I had to reply with much embarrassment, “There is El Día de los Niños, but we just haven’t done much for it.” With a sad face he replied, “But why?” So this year it’s on our family calendar and pretty much every week my son has reminded me that El Día de los Niños is upon us. It’s celebrated in Mexico on April 30.
If you don’t know what this day is about, here’s some information, and don’t worry, you don’t have to be Latino to enjoy children’s day with your kids! “El Día de los Niños — Celebrating Young Americans is a gift from the Latino community to all children. Many nations throughout the world, and especially within the Western hemisphere celebrate “Día de los Niños” on April 30th to honor and celebrate children — who represent the hopes and dreams of every community. In the United States, a growing number of cities, schools, libraries, museums, churches and other community organizations are embracing this celebration by planning activities and events.” via National Latino Children’s Institute
Turn off your screen (ALL screens) and go play!
Screen Free Fun for El Día de los Niños:
- Host a play date with other friends.
- Enjoy a tea party with your kids.
- Read! Go to your local library and check out some bilingual books. Here’s a great list of suggestions from Dia!
- Have a karaoke night at home.
- Have a story telling time outdoor in a fort! Here’s a fun no-sew tent from Inspired by Familia.
- Act out your favorite book.
- Go on a hike and pick up a walking stick to paint. Take a look at these cool painted walking sticks.
- Have a picnic in the park.
- Roast marshmallows.
- Camp out in the backyard.
- Do a puzzle together.
- Snuggle on the couch and watch a movie.
- Play kickball or some other oldie but goodie game.
- Have a puppet show, you can go here to get some ideas.
- Go camping at your nearest forest or national park. Here are some great camping with kids ideas & tips.
- Play in the playground and make sure to join your kids in the fun.
- Look through photo albums and share stories from your childhood or from when they were babies.
- Cook a meal together.