The 21st of September is the International Day of Peace (known as Peace Day) and we think that’s a pretty important topic to get children thinking about at the moment.
So, we thought we’d give you some activities you can do with a whole class, small groups of individual children (at home if you’re a parent).
We hope you have a peaceful day.
These activities look at what peace means around the day’s theme of ‘Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for all.’
Introduction (if needed)
- Ask the whole class, ‘when you close your eyes and think of the word peace, or peace, what do you see in your imagination?’
- Get them to write their ideas down, or draw a picture on a post it note and stick them on a board and discuss their ideas.
- Ask what synonyms they could think of when thinking of the word peace, e.g. calm, serenity etc…and create a mindmap of them. They can use a thesaurus to help them (it is important that they understand the new word they have come up with.)
Activity 1: Peace Poem
Using the letters in the word PEACE ask children to work in groups, or work with them to come up with an acrostic poem.
Activity 2: Peace Pledge
Discuss with children what a pledge is, e.g. a promise or a guarantee.
Ask them what they could pledge for peace. Write the children’s ideas onto a mindmap, e.g. I pledge to think about the words I speak etc…
Write a class or home pledge. Each children could write one or two things and this gets put together as a whole class pledge and displayed around the classroom, school or home.
Activity 3: Images of Peace
Discuss with the children images of peace, e.g. a dove.
What other images can they think of which might represent different aspects of peace?
Using a range of different art materials ask children to create a collage of something that represents peace and being together as a class, e.g. a globe with children on the outside holding hands. This could be made into a display.
Ask children to summarise their main points of learning regarding peace and what pledges they could make.
Children could create an assembly or song about peace and working together.
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