June has arrived, and it’s time for rainbows, love, and unity as we kick off Pride Month. But hey, it’s not just about celebrating pride with children; it’s also a perfect time to honour and appreciate the beauty in our differences. So, how can we make this month exciting and educational for children?
The heart of Pride Month is the promotion of self-affirmation, dignity, and equality. And who better to understand this in its purest form than children, who are naturally accepting and unprejudiced? Here are a few fun ways to celebrate children’s differences during this special month.
Story Time With Pride-Inspired Books
Reading together is always a beautiful bonding moment. Look for children’s books that tell stories about different families, genders, and identities. Books like “And Tango Makes Three,” “Red: A Crayon’s Story,” and “Julian is a Mermaid” paint a colourful world where diversity is celebrated. Celebrating pride with children through these narratives gives them an understanding that families come in all forms and everyone has their unique place in the world.
Pride Arts and Crafts
Nothing says celebration quite like vibrant colours, and Pride Month is an excellent time to break out the arts and crafts. You can explain the symbolism of the rainbow flag as you and your children create your own. Or perhaps, make DIY Pride Month bracelets, where each bead represents a unique trait they admire in themselves or their friends. Celebrating pride with children hands-on will help solidify these important messages.
Watch Films with LGBTQ+ Characters
Several family-friendly films feature diverse characters and families. Watching these films can help normalise the experiences of the LGBTQ+ community for children, encouraging acceptance and understanding. Don’t forget to follow up with a discussion about what they learned or enjoyed about the movie.
Host a Rainbow-Themed Picnic
Arrange a rainbow-themed picnic for the neighbourhood kids. Have everyone bring a dish in the colour of the rainbow. This activity encourages teamwork and provides a chance to appreciate everyone’s contribution, big or small. It’s a fun-filled way of celebrating pride with children while also fostering community bonds.
Participate in Local Pride Events
Many communities host family-friendly Pride events. If your local community is hosting one, consider participating. Celebrating pride with children in this way gives them a firsthand experience of unity, acceptance, and the joy that comes from being true to themselves.
A Gratitude Journal
Encourage your child to keep a “Pride Month Gratitude Journal.” Each day, they can write or draw something they are grateful for about themselves or someone else. It’s a brilliant way to encourage self-love, appreciation of others, and a deep understanding of celebrating differences.
Celebrating pride with children is about more than the festivities. It’s about instilling respect for diversity and teaching them to honour every person’s unique identity. In the end, the best way to celebrate Pride Month is to foster love, acceptance, and pride every day of the year. So, let’s raise our flags, wear our colours, and most importantly, let’s teach our kids that every colour of the rainbow is needed to make the world as beautiful as it is.