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It is a proud moment for everyone as we approach another Independence Day on August 15th. This annual observance has a great significance and this special day is celebrated for commemorating our brave leaders and fighters of history who won us the freedom we are enjoying today. On this great occasion, schools usually come up with a lot of interesting Independence Day celebration and activities to help kids learn more about the significance of the day.
The main activities we usually see every year in schools include Independence Day art and craft activities, drawing and painting competitions on special day themes, group reading history storybooks and a lot more. Are you running out of ideas as the special day is near?
Here let us have a look at some of the interesting Independence Day celebrations and activities for schools that instills the freedom spirit in kids.
1. Flag Hoisting
Hoisting the tricolor is the first and foremost activity that is done in any institution which kicks off the rest of celebrations. In fact celebration for the day is incomplete without this proud moment. Followed by flag hoisting, it is very common to sing the national anthem together which triggers the spirit among kids.
Teachers and parents can take initiatives beforehand to help the kids memorize the national anthem so that they can sing along with all proud and happy feeling.
2. March Past
You can arrange a march past, which is a parade or a procession, within the school campus or in the neighborhood. This activity can be taken as an opportunity to remind everyone of our freedom fighters and the importance of this day for us, as Indian citizens.
Teachers and parents can help students practice for this activity beforehand. March past can be performed along with a drill after hoisting the tricolor in schools on Independence Day. Apart from spreading the spirit of the day, this activity also teaches children the importance of working together as a team.
3. Vande Mataram Fest
Vande Mataram, our national song, has great significance on this special day as we know how our freedom fighters got inspired and motivated with this beautiful creation all through the freedom struggle. The uniqueness of this song is its versatility and it is truly emotional.
A fest can be arranged where kids can form small to large groups to perform Vande Mataram. It can be anything from vocals, shadow dancing, or drama to classical dance performances which can grace the occasion. Parents can also be invited as part of the program and given an opportunity to feel proud of their kids.
4. Show a Patriotic Movie
It would be a good idea to show a patriotic movie on the big screen using projectors in large school halls or auditoriums. Choose movies that include significant incidents that paved the way to freedom and that show the spirit of fraternity in achieving their goals.
You may also have an interesting session after the movie, where kids can share their understandings or viewpoints from the movie. Of course, interesting movies can make a lasting impact on the understanding of perspectives that students have about the subject.
5. Patriotic Costume Contest
This is a really interesting activity that can be totally exciting for entry-level middle school and high school students. Kids can dress up as freedom fighters in this special fancy dress competition. They can even include unique items, such as spectacles and walking stick for Mahatma Gandhi, Subhash Chandra Bose’s cap and rose for Nehru, to make the activity more colorful.
This will surely give a sense of feeling of patriotism for not only the participants, but also for the kids who are on the audience side.
6. Independence Day Theme Party
Just like any other occasion, arranging a theme party helps to get an overall feel of the special day. Every arrangement for the day can inspire some color combinations from our national flag or related symbols. The organizers can take effort to make the food menu based on themes by including tricolored food items.
Theme based games can be made part of the party and the winners may be presented with a national flag. You may also arrange theme based competitions where kids can work in small groups to make it a success.
7. Explaining Independence Concepts through Nature
Teachers and school authorities can take a brilliant step as part of the Independence Day activities- take kids for a tree plantation drive. This is a great way to explain the concepts of the special day through nature. As we enjoy the hard-earned independence, it is really important to preserve our environment.
The life of trees can be set as an example to convey the ideas of unity and diversity. The growth of trees is remarkable in clusters which show the significance of unity. Similarly, the concept of diversity can also be seen when different kinds of trees support each other for survival.
8. Organize Independence Day Quiz
Kids will be really interested to take part in quiz competitions and Independence Day special quiz can be even more interesting. The questions can be true based on history, freedom fighters, special events, and happenings on the struggle towards freedom, important dates to remember and a lot more.
The quiz can be arranged for kids in single, couple or groups and interesting prizes can be announced beforehand to make it more exciting.
9. T-shirt painting
It is quite common to see kids and teachers come up in costumes based on tricolor for Independence Day celebrations. However, it will all be bought from the shops and kids would be eager to select the best from the collections.
However, you can try the T-shirt painting a part of this event where kids can do tricolor painting on white t-shirts. The personalized t-shirts designed through hand painting can add more thrill and make the day special. Give an idea about what to do and you will be surprised to see how creative the students are when they are given such opportunities.
10. Plan a Historical Walk
There are a lot of historical places like museums or places that have traces of freedom fight struggle. Why not plan a historical walk to that place with the kids? More than just textbook information visiting such places can help kids to have a deeper level of knowledge about the phase and understand the relevance of their struggles better.
You can narrate the incidents while you go for the walk and let the kids take notes if they find the information interesting. You can also give an opportunity for kids beforehand to find out the historical places in the city and make a list to go.
11. Flag Relay
It can be a good fun activity for elementary school and middle school students. You all know about the rules and regulations of the normal relay race. In this Independence Day special relay race, the kids have to run with national flags and they have to pass it to the team member to take it all the way to the final spot.
They can have a lot of fun while the physical exercise keeps them strong and healthy. Moreover, this sports activity instills them the feeling of patriotism and gives a lot of confidence in teamwork.
12. Independence Day Games
There are a lot of games that can be organized as part of the special day. You may arrange a musical chair game where the songs played can be Vande Mataram or such songs of relevance for the day. Or you may go for crossword puzzle games where words can be related to freedom fight events, special patriotism symbols or words that invoke national pride.
The four corners game can be perfect for the occasion where each corner represent North, South, West and East India. Kids can run from one corner to another while music is played and they have to remain in the current corner when the music stops. If a kid is standing in corner North India, he has to answer a question based on the place.
13. Organize Plays or Skits
This is an exciting activity that can make the celebrations more colorful. Kids can take this opportunity to enact any prominent happening in the history that showcases patriotic feelings. Teachers can use this chance to help kids to have a closer look into the incidents in history.
14. Drawing and Painting Competitions
Schools can hold drawing and painting competitions with Independence Day related themes as part of the celebrations. You can also organize poster making competitions based on the same theme.
Choose topics that highlight the importance of freedom and motivate children as they let their creative juices flow. This gives children an opportunity to express their thoughts about Independence Day using colors. Teachers can also join the students to make the event more colorful.
15. Make Scrapbooks
Let students collect worksheets, images and everything related to India and Independence Day, and create their own scrapbooks. The topics can include national flag, national symbols, national anthem, freedom fighters, and much more.
You can organize this either as a fun activity or as a competition and reward the students who make the best-looking as well as informative scrapbooks. The activity sounds fun and engaging. At the same time, it helps students gain more knowledge about India and also the significance of Independence Day.
16. Independence Day Speech Competition
Give students a topic related to Independence Day to speak about. The topic can be given beforehand or on the spot depending on the age group and the students who give the best speeches can be rewarded.
The idea is to spread awareness about Independence Day among students, and also to use the competition as an opportunity to let students gain more knowledge about the independence struggle, freedom fighters and India as a whole.
17. Independence Day Exhibition
Educators and students can collectively organize an exhibition in the school on Independence Day. You can display fact sheets, posters, images, pre-independence souvenirs, and much more related to the day.
Students can also volunteer to guide the fellow students as they attend the exhibition. This activity is a great way to let students have a closer look into the relevance of Independence Day, the struggles faced by our ancestors to attain freedom and also remind ourselves to value the freedom we enjoy today.
18. Cultural Dance
Unity in diversity is what makes India special. All 28 states of the country are homes to a variety of cultures, many of which we are not even aware of. Independence Day is the best occasion to familiarize with the different cultures across India and you can do it by organizing a cultural dance program.
Students can dress up in traditional costumes of different states and dance to the folk songs of the respective states. This gives students as well as educators an opportunity to learn more about the beautiful cultural diversity of our country.
19. Independence Day Rangoli
Rangoli is an art form where designs are created on a surface using a poweder of limestone, rice, flower petals and much more. You can buy readymade colors available in the market to make the designs.
Organize Rangoli design event in school based on Independence Day related themes. Students and teachers can work in groups or individually to create their own designs. Rewards can be given to the participants who created the best designs.
20. Independence Day Potluck
Organize potluck in school, where students and educators can bring authentic Indian dishes to school. Like its culture, India is also diverse in terms of cuisine. Therefore, this potluck event will be an opportunity for you to taste the flavors from different parts of India.
You can also get creative with the event by basing it on Independence Day related themes. One example of such theme is tricolor. Students and educators can bring a variety of food items that are of tricolor or any one of the colors in tricolor, adding to the colorfulness of the event.
Letting them know about how our freedom fighters give their best to get us the freedom through interesting scripts can make them feel proud of our heroes. Moreover, the students watching the skit also take a moment to realize the hardships of our icons which inspires them to use the hard-earned freedom wisely.
Other than these activities, schools with large grounds come up with interesting themes like kids in large groups forming the shape of the country flag. Students are also given special gifts and sweets to make the day more special. Some schools also take this opportunity to let kids come up with campaigns for charity works.
It would be a great idea to let kids come up with special ideas for the day. Just let them know the significance of the day and you may be surprised to learn the out of the box celebration and activities ideas from the present generation kids.
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