Children's Day Activities

Atividades para o Dia da Criança

What to do on Children's Day?

This is the question that all parents ask when this very special day for the little ones approaches. Right after Christmas, this is the day most loved by children, due to the activities and celebrations made especially for them. To liven up this day we created a list of activities that you can do in order to socialize and have fun with your children.

1. Get down to business

Children always love to create and build objects. This is the time to get to work and create. You can discover the wonderful world of handicrafts by developing pieces with clay and plasticine, create objects with recycling or explore watercolor with the help of the P55 article: how to paint in watercolor? If crafts aren't your little ones' strong suit, you can always choose to teach them a recipe for cake, cookies or muffins.

2. Visit a museum in person or virtually

Going for a walk and visiting a museum or art gallery near you might be the ideal plan for this day. If you want to stay at home, you can opt for a virtual tour. Due to virtual reality and photography, it is possible to browse the rooms of more than 500 emblematic museums, galleries, among other cultural spaces, with the Google Arts & Culture application. In Portugal, you can visit the National Museum of Ancient Art (MNAA) , National Museum of Contemporary Art – Chiado Museum, Berardo Collection Museum , Ajuda National Palace , National Coach Museum, National Museum of Ethnology & Popular Art Museum , National Pantheon and National Tile Museum .

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Self-portrait in red by Paula Rego , 1962 - National Museum of Contemporary Art - Chiado Museum

3. Discover a new movie or series

We all love to see a good movie. In this list there are films and series for all tastes and for several decades, from the fantastic classic of The Wizard of Oz to the recent animated film Soul: An Adventure with the Soul , through to the enthusiastic program of Bob Ross. You can also put to work with multiple episodes of the Art Attack series that teach children to create their own artistic objects.

1. The Wizard of Oz by Victor Fleming (1939)
2. Furandāsu no inu / The Dog of Flanders by Nippon Animation (1975)
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3. The Joy of Painting with Bob Ross (1983)
4. My Neighbor Totoro by Hayao Miyazaki (1988)
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5. Art Attack by Neil Buchanan (1900-2007)
6. Toy Story by Pixar (1995)
7. Pixar's Monsters SA (2001)
8. The Corpse Bride of Tim Burton (2005)
9. At Night, at the Museum (2006)
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10. Moonrise Kingdom by Wes Anderson (2012)
11. Matisse by Tom Geraedts
12. Zootropolis by Rich Moore and Byron Howard (2016)
13. Frida by Finger and Toe
14. Coco - Viva - Life Is a Party by Adrian Molina and Lee Unkrich (2017)
15. Soul: A Soul Adventure of Pete Docter and Kemp Powers (2020)

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4. Read

Reading is an opportunity to learn and rest your body while exercising your mind. There are a variety of options, from comic books, to art books like Jean-Michel Basquiat and Maya Angelou's Life Doesn't Scare Me , or Françoise Barbe-Gall's How to Talk About Art with Children , to classics like the short story Le Petit Prince ( The Little Prince) by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Harry Potter by JK Rowling or An Adventure by the authors Isabel Alçada and Ana Maria Magalhães. There are a variety of children's tales you can tell such as the classic ugly duckling, Pinocchio and Cinderella stories. If you want to be creative, write a story to tell your children or ask them to create their own story. Whichever option you choose, you will have the opportunity to spend time with your children in an exciting and dynamic way.
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5. Time to play

Kids love games! Introduce your kids from the classics to the latest in a way to challenge their skills and provide them with a new challenge.

Games that only need pen and paper

There are several types of simple games that only need a pen and paper. An example of this is the stop game which is based on the categories decided together, such as “Names”, “Countries”, “Brands”, “Cities”, “Animals”, “Objects”. To start with, one of the players has to think of the alphabet and the other has to tell it to stop by saying stop. The first person to fill in all categories must say stop and then all players must mention the words placed in each category. The objective is to finish all the columns as quickly as possible and whoever has the most complete fields wins. You can also opt for the classic rooster or hangman game or by who's who. In the latter, you will need a post-it, so that all players can write the name of a well-known public figure, such as actors, musicians or artists. Then place the post-it on the player's forehead on his right and try to guess who the character is with affirmative or negative answer questions to the group. The first player to find out who your character is sells.

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Card games

Card games are one of the great entertainment sources for interacting with the family. There are several types of games, from the hardest to the easiest, such as uno, goldfish, swedish, hearts, solitaire, hole, basket, among others.

puzzles

Exercise your brain with a good puzzle. You can make a puzzle you already have at home or create a custom one for your children. Ask your children to draw on a sturdy piece of cardboard. Then use a pencil to outline the puzzle pieces on the drawing. Cut out the pieces with good scissors, mix and finally play with your children.

Treasure hunt

Kids love finding hidden objects, especially if there's a prize at the end. Be creative, write clues on paper and choose the final prize. Place the first clue in an easy-to-find place, such as on your nightstand. Then leave as many tracks as you like around the house, making a trail to the final track. A fun game that can include the whole family.

Board games

Currently, there are several genres of board games that encourage memory capacity and logical reasoning. We always have the classics like checkers, chess and backgammon to the latest ones like Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit and Scrabble. Whichever option you choose, you will have the opportunity to spend time with your children in an exciting and dynamic way.

 


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