Here at My Gator Watch, we are passionate about empowering women of all ages. Our amazing founder Colleen Wong is an inspirational female entrepreneur, and here at Gator HQ, we are surrounded by brilliant, motivated women. We love nothing more than celebrating women’s achievements and working together to continue making leaps in action for equality, not just for us, but for the next generation. With this in mind, we want to talk about some fun ways you can celebrate International Women’s day (March 8th) with your kids.
WRITE A CARD
This International Women’s day why not ask your kids to write a card to a woman who inspires them. This might be a grandma, aunt, friend or teacher. Ask the kids to think about what makes that woman so inspiring to them and then write it down in a hand mind card. Writing a card is a great way to encourage positive chatter about International Women’s day and what it means to them.
PREPARE A MINI-HISTORY LESSON
Preparing a mini history lesson for the kids at home can be a lovely way to help them understand the leaps that have been made to women’s rights throughout the years. It’s also a brilliant way to encourage discussions about women’s roles both in the past and the present. Here are just a few topics you could chat about during your mini history lesson:
– Women’s suffrage movements (1918 & 1928)
– Married women’s property act (1964)
– UK’s First women’s refuge opens (1971)
– Margaret Thatcher becomes first women priminister (1979)
– Diane Abbott becomes first black women to be elected in the house of commons (1987)
WATCH AN INSPIRING FILM
Another great way to celebrate International Women’s Day is to sit down and enjoy an inspiring film together. There are lots of inspirational movies that can help teach kids of all ages about equal rights. Films such as Moana, Brave and Matilda are all great choices for primary aged children. If you have a teen in the house then why not try watching, Suffragette or Made in Dagenham?
IWD COLOURING SHEET
We love this “Favourite Women in History” colouring sheet from Alpha Mom. It is an excellent way for kids to draw out their favourite women in history and talk about why this particular woman is inspiring to them. For younger children, you can ask them to draw out a family member or friend who makes them feel inspired. The sheets are available to download here.
Books are a fantastic way to get kids thinking about female figures and inspiring stories. You could take a trip down to the library and hire a few books out, or find some in your book collection to read at bedtime. Here are some of our favourite choices:
– Fantastically great women who changed the world (Kate Pankhurst)
– Princess Smartypants (By Babette Cole)
– Paper bag princess (By Robert Munsch)
– The princess knight (By Cornelia Funke)
– Who says women can’t be doctors (By Tanya Lee Stone)
We hope you enjoy these activities as much as we will on Friday 8th March. We would love to know what you will be doing to celebrate International Women’s Day with the kids. Let us know in the comments below or via our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages.
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