How children can take over
Hosting a dinner party
Putting on a really good dinner party can be great fun and very rewarding. Children can try their hand at:
– Choosing the food and designing a menu
– Deciding who’s invited and putting together a guest list
– Staffing their kitchen and dining room (who will be the sous chef and who will set the table?).
– Choosing the decor, music and lighting.
Teaching the family something new
This is a great opportunity for talented children to teach the older among us something new. Try running a skill share and encourage children to teach adults:
-Their best skill – whatever it might be
-Their favourite thing they’ve learned in school that week
-Their favourite game or activity
Giving the family a makeover
Let the children be the family stylists for a day. Let them choose what everyone wears as well as makeup and accessories.
If you’re brave enough, you could even all go out afterwards to show off your new style to the world.
Give the house a makeover
It doesn’t have to be Christmas to put up decorations. Try encouraging children to make decorations for their rooms or the whole house.
Or they could take over a room for the day, rearrange the furniture or build a den.
Taking over the entertainment for a night
This family’s got talent! Turn off the TV for the night and have the children put on a show. Singing, dancing, acting, comedy or a full variety, you can leave it up to them. You could even help them make tickets and a programme.
Leading an adventure
For the adventurous. Allow your children to lead an expedition into the wild. They could:
-Take the family on a walk, day or night
-Build a camp or den for everyone
-Build, and cook on, a campfire
At Unicef, we’re working with children, not just for them
Children’s rights are the foundation of everything we do at Unicef. At the heart of that is their right to be heard. All children and young people have the right to a say in matters that affect them and to have their views taken seriously.
In order to participate meaningfully in the lives of their families and communities, children need support and opportunities for involvement. They need information, a space to express their views and the opportunity to ask questions.