International Day of Peace, or Peace Day, is held on 21st September every year. In 2001 the countries of the United Nations adopted the day and declared it a day of global ceasefire and non-violence, and over the years since then it has become more widely known and we have had an increasing number of requests for activities that can be used to mark it with the kids.
Why is Peace Day Important?
Everyone on our planet deserves a happy and safe life, but sadly millions of people around the world are suffering because of violence and wars. On International Peace Day every year, we try to make the world a safer and more peaceful place for everyone.
“There is no way to peace. Peace is the way.” A.J. Muste
“Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.” Albert Einstein
“Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say that I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us and the world will be as one.” John Lennon
Ideas for Peace Day
- Take part in a global minute of silence at noon on Peace Day to share a desire for peace.
- Sing some songs about peace, or perhaps create your own?
- Ask the children to draw some pictures representing peace in the playground using coloured chalk.
- Create a peace collage - we've got lots of useful printables to get you started below.
Our Peace Day Resources
Below you will find a number of ideas and printables for a range of ages. Representing international symbols of peace, we have included the dove, the crane and the "hippy" peace symbol from the late 60s.
In addition to the dove resources you see below, we also have a complete dove topic to explore:
The cute illustration makes a fun writing paper for any time, but this printable is also especially suitable for writing projects on Martin Luther King Day.
This pretty dove collage using cupcake cases is quick and easy to make, and relatively mess-free, especially if you use a glue stick.
Print out our dove fuse bead pattern, grab your blue and white beads and a large square peg board, and see if you can copy the design to create this pretty dove. If you leave out the blue background and the branch, you could make a set of these to hang on the christmas tree.
Martin Luther King's message was always one of peace. Try this pretty dove of peace craft as a reminder. This dove is also very pretty hanging from the Christmas Tree!
Brainstorm what is meant by "peace", what symbols are used for peace, or synonyms, and use this pretty frame to record the results.
Once the dove template is cut out this is a simple craft that even the youngest children will enjoy. The effect is surprisingly effective and satisfying!
Use our dove story paper for creative writing, retelling a story or perhaps to share wishes for peace. It might be fun for a Noah's Ark story too. We have lined or handwriting lines to choose from.
Doves are known as a symbol of peace and harmony - a great theme for a story or poem perhaps? We have two versions of our story paper to choose from, lined and with handwriting lines.
This hand banner craft makes a good class or family project. Why not make the banner long enough to circle a room so it joins together in a unified circle? Each child can use a different quote and think about its meaning.
Learn about the International Day of Peace by reading the text and filling in the blanks from the word bank on this cloze worksheet.
This lovely International Day of Peace Poster poster shows children from many countries holding hands around the world, with peace represented by a dove. Perfect for display on Peace Day. Also available as a colouring page.
Children can write about Peace Day with this story paper, and colour in the picture too. Two versions available, one lined and one with handwriting lines.
This Andy Warhol inspired multi-coloured face poster is a great activity for MLK Day or other occasions when you are encourage children to think about different cultures and races
This multi-coloured handprint banner is perfect for Martin Luther King Day, international events, or any time you are studying different cultures. It makes a good classroom project.
This multicultural mask is a simple and fun way to help children see that they are all the same regardless of skin colour. Have the children look through both sides of the mask and ask if it makes any difference which face they show to how they feel. Perfect for MLK Day.
We made the figures for our One World poster from die cut doll shapes, but you could print out some of our paper dolls. Older children may like to dress the dolls in a range of traditional costumes.
The crane is a traditional origami model which has been folded for hundreds of years. The crane stands for long life and good luck, and some people think that if you fold 1000 cranes you will be granted a wish!
This origami (or kirigami) dove is easy to fold, but needs a few simple cuts with a pair of scissors. It makes a very pretty decoration for a table or mantelpiece, looks lovely in a mobile, or hanging on a Christmas tree. We have made ours using a semi-transparent handmade paper.
Cut and assemble three paper plates into a lovely 3-dimensional flying dove, ready for the kids to hang in the home or classroom.
Children can write a poem using the letters of 'PEACE' to begin each line on one of our four peace acrostic poem printables. They would make a lovely school notice board display.
Our peace boggler puzzle asks children not just to find as many words as they can: in order to get bonus points they need to think about and find hidden words on the theme of peace.
These pretty bookmarks with their hippy peace design are sure to be popular, and are of course perfect for Peace Day!
This "hippy" sign is instantly recognisable as the symbol for peace from the 1970s. Colour the symbol and letters in bright hippy colours!
Our peace cutting shapes are a fun way to involve young children with the International Day of Peace. Older children could use the motives for posters and collages.
These bright and colourful large letters spell 'Peace Day' and are perfect for creating an eye-catching Peace Day display...
The children can colour in or decorate these large peace day letters themselves, then use them for Peace Day crafts and displays.
These Peace Day letters are ruled, perfect for writing poems or thoughts about Peace Day. The children can each choose a different letter, then they can be put together for a display.
The image of children from different parts of the world holding hands in peace is an enduring one, and this poster captures it for Peace Day.
Our peace finger tracing page is a great way to open discussion with young children on the subject of peace. Have children trace the word and then colour the peace logo.
Our peace handwriting worksheet is perfect for International Peace Day, Martin Luther King Day, Christmas, New Year or to follow up on a school assembly. Children need to trace the guided letters and finish by trying to write the word independently.
Here's a puzzle for International Peace Day. How many words can you make from the letters in "WORLD PEACE"?
Print out these large and cheerful coloured letters which spell the word PEACE and use them to brighten up your Peace Day display.
We've put some fun patterns on these printable letters which spell the word PEACE, perfect for Peace Day crafts, projects and displays.
Here's a great way to get the kids writing about Peace Day. Each letter in the word 'PEACE' is ruled, so they can write their own stories, facts or poems. Perfect to create a class display!
Harking right back to the 1960s and 1970s, this "peace" poster is perfect to display for Peace Day - or anytime.
Available in black and white or colour, the peace sign is as striking a symbol of peace now as it was in the 1970s. Colour in the black and white version, or use it as a base for collage.
Help children learn to spell in a fun way this International Peace Day with our peace spelling jigsaw. Print onto card, laminate and cut the jigsaw along the dotted lines. Children need to put the strips in order to complete the picture and spell the word peace.
Can children find these 12 peace themed words? Our peace word search is a fun extension activity to a school assembly or International Day of Peace themed lesson.
Practice those pencil skills by tracing the letters on our peace word tracing the page and then colouring the peace sign.
This worksheet asks children to think about what they personally can do to help promote peace. They are asked to think about relationships within their families and the local area as well as the whole world.
Older children can this printable to draw or collage an image of what peace means to them, and then write about it below.