Independence Day

The independence day of Bangladesh, which is on the 26th March, is the perfect occasion to celebrate our culture and history with our children. It’s also an excellent opportunity for some creative crafting with your kids! So why not put aside some time this week to try out some of the great Independence Day activities for kids below, or even try some activities you always wanted to do with your children. Each fun project uses simple materials and techniques you’ve probably used before, but with a patriotic theme.

These Independence Day activities for children draw inspiration from the national wildlife and colours of Bangladesh (the green and red colour) – and we’ve also got a couple of suggestions for fun Independence Day games too!  

What is Independence Day?

If you have very young kids, you might be explaining Independence Day to your little ones for the very first time this year. Here are a few Independence Day facts you might find useful. Independence Day commemorates Bangladesh as an independent nation, free from Pakistani domination declared by Sheikh Mujibur Rahman right before Pakistan army arrested him.

On Independence Day, we see a lot of flags waving about! Each portion has a separate meaning: green stands for the lush vegetation of Bangladesh and red disc symbolizes the sun rising over Bengal and the bloodshed and sacrifices of martyrs who died for the independence of Bangladesh. It’s not just about patriotism – although flag raisings, songs and the President’s speech on the eve of Independence Day play a special part in the celebrations and over time it has become a day to celebrate all over Bangladesh!  

Independence Day Activities for Kids

How to Make a Colourful Pinwheel:

This pretty pinwheel uses all the colours of our national flag! It’s also great fun to play with. You will need: A square of white paper; Red and green felt tip pens; Scissors; A thumb tack; A stick. Now, use a pencil to draw the circle in near middle, you can use a compass if it helps. Otherwise, fold the paper into even sizes both vertically and horizontally, find the center point of the paper and draw your circle according to the paper size. As before, colour the middle section you drew in red. Color the rest in green. Turn the paper back and then cut along the diagonal folds, stopping approximately 2 cms from the middle.

Finally, bend the right hand triangle in each quarter down towards the middle of the square and secure each one in place with the thumbtack. Attach the thumbtack to the stick, and watch the pinwheel turn in the wind.  

How to Make a Peacock Fan: 

The peacock is one of the extinct birds of Bangladesh, get your kids know more about this beauty and its elaborate tail feather plumage is just like a fan – making this particular craft a great Independence Day activity for kids. You will need: Two sheets of A4 size paper; Two lolly sticks; Crayons, watercolour paints, glitter, or felt tip pens; A stapler; Adhesive tape. Place the sheet of paper in front of you and fold the length of it backwards and forwards concertina style, with folds about 1.5cm apart. Take your concertina and fold it in half. Now unfold the sheet of paper.

Draw peacock eyes between the folds, along the outside of each piece of paper, on both sides – your little ones will love getting messy with paint and glitter! Just make sure everything dries before you attempt the next step. Refold the paper and staple it in the exact centre. Next, tape the lolly sticks down on either side of the central staple, along the length of the paper. An equal length of the sticks should be overlapping the edge of the paper – this will be the fan handle.

Next, fan out the paper and staple both sides together at the top. Bring the lolly sticks together at the bottom and tape them to each other. Your fan is complete!  

Independence Day Games

Although your kids are likely to moan at the suggestion of any game resembling something like schoolwork, Independence Day is a great time to quiz them on how much they know about their country. There are plenty of printable Independence Day quizzes and word searches available online.

When the weather is wet, indoor board games are good fun – why not invest in a jigsaw puzzle map of Bangladesh that can be brought out? Alternatively, you can get active with a lively game of the national sport, field ha-du-du – or the ever-popular game of cricket. You can adapt a large number of outdoor kids’ games to national themes, like the Colour Tag game below.

Of course, there’s no need to be worried about muddy knees and grass stains – just check out our handy ‘stain removal tips’ to keep clothes nice and clean!

Colour Tag:

With the addition of fun colour streamers, this fun Independence Day version of the classic game of tag is exciting for kids to play, and fun for adults to watch! You will need: Coloured tokens or streamers in red, and green. Each child in the game is given one token or streamer. As with a normal version of tag, one player is ‘it’ and tries to catch the other players.

Once they’ve tagged another child, they get to keep the token or streamer that child is holding. Once a player has been tagged, they too get to chase! The winner is the child who manages to pick up all two colours of the Bangladesh flag – red, and green – first. What games and activities do you like to do on Independence Day?