15th of August, a proud day in our nation’s history has slowly ceased to be a day to be celebrated, rejoiced and cherished. Instead it has ended up being just another holiday. The kids are definitely taught at school about India’s Independence struggle and the victory our freedom fighters finally claimed over the British Empire but that doesn’t absolve us of our responsibility of instilling patriotic values and making them understand the significance of our hard earned freedom.
Here are Five simple, non-preachy and kid-friendly ways you can teach your kids about Independence Day
Crafts for Independence Day
Doing is learning and if you do any independence day crafts with your children it will surely make an impact on them. You can check out these really easy crafts which will definitely grab your toddler’s attention. You can also teach the kids about our National Flag with coloring pages and Printables.
For more ideas head over to Artsy Craftsy Mom whose August theme is Independence Day and she has a linky party which includes some great Independence day activities.
Watch Movies about Independence Day
Nothing gets through to children better than the visual medium and watching Patriotic films is one of the sure shot ways to get kids excited about our country’s most special day. Although my favorites are Purab Aur Paschim and Shaheed but if you want your kids to watch these movies you need to go a bit contemporary. Films like Lagaan, Swades or even Lage Raho Munna Bhai are perfect for kids to watch and learn more about their country while having fun.
Take a trip to a National Monument
Although this might be a tad difficult given the tight security measures that are put up at almost all National monuments during Independence day but if possible do take a trip to a historical landmark like India Gate, Jalian Wala Bagh or Red Fort. Don’t despair if you can’t make it to the actual monument, you can always take a virtual tour on the internet and know more about our country’s history and how life was before Independence.
Read Books about Independence
Books will always remain children’s favorite way of hearing a story and thus reading books about India’s history, freedom struggle and Independence is one of the best ways to get children in the spirit of Independence Day. Some of the best books for kids on India’s Independence day are
Play some Games
With kids it is important to go easy on the preachy part and keep it fun. What could be more fun that making up some games around the Independence day and getting kids & their friends started on the festivities. Some games you can play are
Pass the Balloon: Use Orange, White and Green balloons in a relay race.
Flag Painting : Ask kids to paint each other’s faces in flag colors.
Quiz and Puzzles: For older kids you can create a quiz like Presidents of India, Popular freedom fighters, Famous quotes,major events in the Independence struggle etc.