Republic Day is just around the corner and schools, colleges, and different housing societies are planning a celebration. But do you think your kids know enough about this day? I think kids do not have much knowledge about this important day. When I asked few kids about this day, they were clueless. Kids need more awareness of our history, legacy, and country.
I feel that you must help your kids to know about your country. They should know about hardships which were faced by our freedom fighters to get freedom.
You can start imparting the knowledge about it on this day. Kids should know why we celebrate this day and what the significance is. If they are informed about this day, it will help them to respect our country and take pride in being Indian.
- Facts to teach kids about republic day –
There are many interesting and amazing facts about this day. Talk to them and explain to them that on this day our constitution came in to force. Explain to them the significance of this day. Ask open-ended questions – Do you know what constitution is? Do you know our constitution is the longest in the world? Do you know Republic day is actually celebrated for three days and each day has its own significance?
As kids don’t know what happens on this day, try making it interesting for them to understand.
- Involve them in activities –
Kids know that it’s a national holiday as they get a holiday from school and they see different activities happening around this day. But it’s important to involve them so that they can learn its significance. In our housing complex, every year on 26th January, the celebrations start with flag hoisting, cultural programs and a sports day. I make it a point to encourage my daughters to either participate or at least witness the flag hoisting and other programs.
- Watch Republic day parade on TV –
As kids, we always used to look forward to Republic day parade on TV. Delhi Republic day parade is the beautiful and the largest parade in India which lasts for 3 days. The parade showcases dances and musical programs by different states of India. Different defense forces also showcase amazing acts and get awards from the president of India. Make sure you show your kids this parade as it is telecasted live on many channels.
- Plan an outing –
This year it’s a long weekend and many people already have plans to travel. If parents plan to travel every time around these days, how can kids learn about these significant days? There are ways to involve kids even when you are travelling. When you plan a travel, make sure to show kids around the city for different decorations and different way of celebrations.
- Activities around the theme –
Kids can make crafts around the Republic day theme. Make an Indian flag, cook tricolour food items, bake a tricolour cake or even make decorative items for this day with your kids.
These small things can be very helpful to teach kids about this significant day. Make sure you actively participate with them in everything they do as it shows them how important this day is for our country.
I hope you are all ready to celebrate this Republic day with your kids little differently this year.
Now it’s over to you. Do let us know any more ways to involve kids this 26th January.
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January 22, 2018 at 12:10 pm
I am on this with you,Deepa. Today’s generation requires an understanding of the importance of the day.The schools no longer make it compulsory to call the students for flag hoisting and thus the onus lies on us as parents to educate our children.
January 23, 2018 at 5:28 am
These are good ways to inspire our kids to learn about Republic day and pay respect to our nation.
January 23, 2018 at 10:12 pm
Guilty as charged. My child does not know anything about Republic Day. Your post has been an eye opener and I am going to sit down with my kid during the weekend and engage in some fun stories and activities around our Republic Day.
January 24, 2018 at 2:10 pm
Great ideas. I love them. We are going out this weekend 🙂
January 24, 2018 at 6:16 pm
The Republic Day parade. It has been a ritual to watch this as we grew up and now its time to involve babyT. Thanks for the ideas.
January 24, 2018 at 6:37 pm
Love these ideas to celebrate India’s Independence Day – so fun!
January 24, 2018 at 8:31 pm
Happy Republic day to all! Deepa, you had shared really cool ideas to celebrate our National festival, and I agree our kids should learn the Importance of celebrating National festivals too.
January 25, 2018 at 6:51 am
Some ideas mentioned are simple and very doable. Also they will go a long way in spreading awareness to the kids about the republic day. Thanks for sharing!
January 25, 2018 at 11:16 am
These are cool ideas. I plan to take my children to the local republic day celebration and show the parade on TV
January 25, 2018 at 4:10 pm
Very interesting tips on baking the day special while instilling basic information to kids! Will use these for sure!
January 25, 2018 at 4:10 pm
Very interesting tips on making the day special while instilling basic information to kids! Will use these for sure
January 26, 2018 at 1:13 pm
The school also plays a great role in making kids understand the significance of this day. Then they want to hear more about it.
January 27, 2018 at 10:50 pm
Such simple yet effective ways to get kids interested in Republic Day celebrations, Deepa. I agree that as parents we need to make an effort about making them know about its significance.
January 29, 2018 at 3:48 pm
100% agree with you Deepa, Republic day or any national day with history must be told to kids in such a way that they do not take it as Tad So Boring.
We have started last year and hopefully will continue and can see the joys of participation from her side too.
January 29, 2018 at 4:18 pm
Love your ideas and thoughts on teaching young children the importance of celebrating Republic day. Watching the parade was always a ritual on this day.
January 29, 2018 at 6:53 pm
A really nice and sensible article… And yes, good ideas on how to showcase the importance eof this day
January 29, 2018 at 9:40 pm
That’s very realistic way to celebrate Republic with kids as most kids are not aware about history and activities will definitely connect them more to Mother India
January 30, 2018 at 12:46 am
My baby is too little to understand what day it is but I did watch the parade this time with her in tow. She loved the tableaus
January 30, 2018 at 1:19 am
Great thought starters. Infact, many of these, we are exposed to as kids and want to do the same. But sometimes living in an apartment, bring its own fun things to do. Nways, the list you shared sure is quite comprehensive 🙂
January 30, 2018 at 1:45 am
A good way to encourage children is to learn about the occassion together.Watching tge parade is an excellenr tip
February 1, 2018 at 8:53 pm
beautiful post Deepa. There are so many ways to involve kids and you have described them so well. Thank you.