This holiday was created for the honoring of our children, who represent the hopes and dreams of every family and community. They are our future. And the path that our history will take, depends upon their choices and actions. It advocates literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds, as essential to their mental development and well-being.
Although this will be the 15th anniversary of Día here in the States, I have only known about it for a few years. And since then, I have been developing ways to celebrate it with my family. Some of these are posted over on the LBBC (each year we celebrate it for the entire month of April). But if you are looking for ways to honor this holiday on Saturday, here are a few of our better ideas:
• Download a Día "Tool Kit." There are quite a few of these tool kits now available online. I like this one from the Texas Library Association (and also made possible, I might add, by a grant from the Kellogg Foundation!). But all you have to do is Google "Día tool kit" and you'll be able to take your pick!
• Learn the official Día song!
• Celebrate El Día del Niño with a free trip to the movies. Here’s how:
* Buy any three Kellogg cereals (8.7 oz or larger) or EGGO Waffles (6 count or larger) and receive a free kids movie pass (up to $7.50 value) with mail-in official order form.
* The order form can be found on special packages of Frosted Flakes and Cocoa Krispies. Tear Pads are also available in the cereal aisle or from an EGGO freezer cling.
• Visit the Maya & Miguel web page dedicated to Día.
• Find some fun printables online that promote literacy. You can create flip-books, monthly activity calendars (in Spanish and English), and even your own Lotería game boards!
• And lastly, run by your local library and check out a whole pile of books that celebrate diversity.
If you are a follower of our sister site, The Latin Baby Book Club, then you already know that we are celebrating Día all this month with author/illustrator interviews, giveaways, tutorials, book reviews, and guest posts by some of your favorite authors. So be sure to check us out!
Con mucho cariño...
Disclosure: I am participating in a blogging program from the Kellogg Company and Latina Bloggers Connect, and this post makes me eligible to win a $35 payment. However, Día is a holiday that is dear to my heart, and all the opinions expressed here are purely my own. (I just figure why not get paid for doing something that I am already doing, no?)