Universal Children's Day

is celebrated on the 20 November 2012
in most countries around the world.

In Australia though we celebrate it on
the fourth Wednesday of October during Children's Week.

The day is celebrated in many places around the world to honour children globally.  It was established in 1954 to protect children working in dangerous circumstances and allow all children access to education.  In Australia we celebrate the right of the child to play.

For a child friendly version of the International Rights of the Child you can download this great poster from the United Nations.

"We were all children once.  And we all share the desire for the well-being of our children, which has always been and will continue to be the most universally cherished aspiration of humankind."

Have fun with this rhyme -

Girls and Boys, come out to play,
The moon doth shine as bright as day;
Leave your supper and leave your sleep,
And come with your play fellows into the street.
Come with a whoop, come with a call,
Come with a good will or not at all.
Up the ladder and down the wall,
A half-penny roll will serve us all.
You find milk, and I'll find flour,
And we'll have a pudding in half an hour!

Birth to 6 Months
Hold your baby against your body and dance around the room singing the song with gusto.  When your baby becomes familiar with the song hold them up in the air for "up the ladder" and down low for "down the wall".  This will help them to develop the concepts of up and down - babies learn through their senses.  Make sure you enjoy a big hug at the end of the song.  Sing it over and over again as repetition is important for building pathways in the brain.  Your baby will enjoy this special time with you as you are their special playmate!

6 Months to 5 Years
You can continue to hold your toddler until it is no longer possible!!  When your child can walk they might like to hold your hand and dance around with you.  This will help with their balance and vestibular system.  At the end of the song fall down on the floor and enjoy some rough and tumble time with them.  This builds attachment! 

What is the Vestibular System
The vestibular system is the sensory system that provides the leading contribution about movement and sesnes of balance.  It is found in the inner ear and is mainly used for sense of balance and spatial orientation. Children need this system stimulated right from birth.  Spinning is one such way to do this.  So is dancing and playing on playground equipment.  It also explains why a crying baby is soothed by rocking, walking or jiggling.  It is also the only sytem that develops and matures in the early years!

Learning Language
This rhyme uses traditional language and old fashioned words that we don't often use anymore.  This leads to a good opportunity to talk about words and their meanings.  Children need a vast and varied vocabulary in order to make reading that much easier.  You could also show your child how to use a dictionary or even google the meanings of the words!  BUT don't forget that the brain gurus recommend no screen time under 2 years of age.  Sharing rhymes like this will help your child to appreciate a love of words, rhyme and rhythm and will eventually help your child to become confident and literate.




Giddy Girls, Noisy Boys

Giddy girls, noisy boys
Come and buy my painted toys
Medals made of gingerbread
And penny horses white and red.

Little Child

Little child, little child
Where have you been?
Gathering roses
To give to the Queen
Little child, little child
What gave she you?
She gave me a diamond
As big as my shoe!
(Traditional adapted)

Don't forget to have fun and enjoy time with your little one