Pride Month is a perfect time to have talks about diversity, identity, and safe spaces, as well as to look back and acknowledge the highs and lows of the LGBTQ+ community with children. Maybe you’re starting to think, What child-friendly activities can we do during Pride Month?
As Pride Month starts, you can attend Pride events with the family, learn about the history of the Pride community, and also get to know famous people in the LGBTQ+ community. You can also do some arts and crafts and read books with LGBTQ+ characters.
Don’t worry, because we will give you more ideas and details on these child-friendly activities to do during Pride Month.
What are the best child-friendly activities to do on Pride Month?
Children find meaningful experiences in being included in different activities, and I’m sure they will appreciate participating in some child-friendly activities during Pride Month. This kind of experience will give them a sense of community, compassion, and understanding of the LGBTQ+ community in a fun and interactive way.
There are many child-friendly activities that you can do, but you can start by trying the activities below:
- Go to Pride events
- Learn about the history of Pride Month
- Know influential LGBTQ+ Personalities
- Arts and crafts featuring pride flags
- Reading books with LGBTQ+ characters
This way, children will be able to realize that they are living in a very diverse world. Doing activities will help them learn more about themselves, too. Together, let us go into detail on how you can make these activities memorable and have an impact on young minds.
Attend Pride Events as a Family
It is when you’re with your family that you form your core values, and that is why doing something together like attending Pride events can be a very good experience. During these events, children can have a first-hand experience of what it means to be part of a proud community that stands up for their rights and beliefs.
Aside from that, it is also important for children to see grownups who are close to them, openly embracing, supporting, and respecting each other. Children are keen observers, and they are more likely to follow your lead on how to treat people. When they see you respecting others and treating people equally no matter who they are, you are setting a good example for them to follow.
Attending child-friendly Pride events can also be a good starting point for open conversations. Ask them about their observations and opinions on the event that you attended, and don’t forget to answer any questions they might have. Having a back-and-forth conversation with your children not only enhances your communication, but they also start to learn the values of inclusivity, equality, and respect.
Learn About Pride Month History
Learning about the history of Pride Month can give children a glimpse of the struggles of the community as a whole. It also gives them an idea of some of the highlights of the LGBTQ+ civil rights movement and what it means for the community to triumph and continue to work for equality and acceptance.
One material that you can use to learn about the history of the LGBTQ community is the book entitled Stonewall: A Building, an Uprising, a Revolution by Rob Sanders. This is a picture book that shows the history of the gay civil rights movement. You’ll be able to read true stories showing the rich history of the Stonewall Inn and its importance in the LGBTQ+ civil rights movement, which has been relevant until now.
You can also watch this video on LGBTQ+ Pride from the National Museum of American History. This serves as a good introductory video that tells you about what the letter LGBTQ stands for. The video also shows some important and iconic items from the LGBTQ+ community.
There’s tons of material out there where you and your children can learn about Pride Month history. When researching educational materials, make sure that you take into consideration the age of the children you are presenting them with. This is because you do not want children to read something that they will have a hard time understanding.
Researching Influential LGBTQ+ Personalities
The lives of activists and important personalities in the LGBTQ+ community expand your point of view and teach you some valuable lessons in life. Stories from real people have a big impact, especially for young minds, because they’ll realize that if someone was able to make a huge difference in the lives of many people, then their decisions and experiences, too, can be a source of inspiration for others.
Some prominent people who contributed to changing the course of life for the LGBTQ+ community are:
- Marsha P. Johnson – Defender of trans rights
- Harvey Milk – the first openly gay politician elected to office
- Audre Lorde – the black lesbian feminist mother-warrior poet
- Larry Kramer – founded the advocacy groups GMHC (Gay Men’s Health Crisis) and ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power)
- Billy Jean King – a champion in advocating gender equality and LGBTQ+ visibility
These are only five personalities, but there are still a lot of people who tirelessly advocate for the rights of the LGBTQ+ community. Do not limit yourself to finding inspiration from just the famous ones, because you can find people who are ready to stand up for their community in our daily lives.
Sharing the lives of famous people and even the people who stood up for themselves and advocated for their community can help children on their road to self-discovery.
Arts Featuring Pride Flags
If you are looking for something light and fun to do with children during Pride Month, then you can always do arts and crafts. Children are creative, and they love to work with colors and use their hands to create. As you know, when Pride Month rolls in, rainbows also flood the streets.
These rainbows are pretty to look at, but oftentimes, while people use them as a symbol of pride, we rarely know the real meaning behind them. Also, you will find out that there are different kinds of Pride flags! To understand me better, I hope that this video can briefly explain the meaning and history of Pride flags.
After learning about Pride flags, it’s time to take out the materials you need for your artwork! In creating art, you can use different materials. It doesn’t have to be just paper and a set of markers. You can use anything and everything around you, even scraps and leaves. The whole point of this activity is to be able to show support and show the LGBTQ+ community that they are seen and understood.
Some art ideas that you can do are as follows:
- Make your own Pride flag using art papers
- Make DIY rainbow crayons
- Create a colorful kindness wall
- Make pride tie-dye shirts
- Design rainbow friendship bracelets with beads or strings
The simple act of making artworks, sharing them, and even showcasing them in a place where people can see them creates an atmosphere of support and acceptance for the LGBTQ+ community.
Reading Books with LGBTQ Characters
Reading children’s books is a timeless way to entertain and instill values and ideas in children. Children should be able to see different characters, where they can find characters they can relate to, presented in the books that they read.
The Welcoming Schools Human Rights Campaign Foundation has compiled a list of children’s books according to grade level with non-binary and gender-inclusive characters.
Some recommended books include:
- Annie’s Plaid Shirt by Stacy B. Davis (Pre-K to Grade 2)
- Ana on the Edge by AJ. Sass (Grade 3 to Grade 7)
- I am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings (K to Grade 5)
- Zenobia July by Lisa Bunker (Grade 5 to Grade 9)
You can look at the whole list of books by The Welcoming Schools Foundation here. You can also check out the recommendations of other foundations and groups that are dedicated to the LGBTQ community.
- The American Library Association’s 2023 Rainbow Book List puts out a list of diverse stories, experiences, and identities of LGBTQ youth.
- Raising Luminaries Books for Littles also came up with a list of Queer Rainbow Children’s Books written by indigenous, black and brown authors.
- Social Justice Books, a Teaching for Change project, shared an LGBTQ+ booklist dedicated to children of all ages.
So, you see, you will never run out of books with diverse representation because many people are dedicated to teaching and sharing their lives and stories through writing.
Why is it important to do child-friendly activities during Pride Month?
As adults, we have the power to influence young minds and steer them toward having the values of respecting, loving, and accepting people for who they are. We have a responsibility to create a better environment, especially for children who are facing difficult situations because of how they identify.
Trying to let children understand that we are living in a diverse world and making efforts for inclusivity not only in school but wherever we are in the world. Doing child-friendly activities during Pride Month can help remove the stigma around the LGBTQ+ community.
According to the report Just Like Us, Growing Up LGBT+ by Cibyl, 42% of pupils who identify as LGBTQ+ experienced bullying. This is double the number of non-LGBTQ+ pupils, and a ratio of 1 out of 5 LGBTQ+ pupils who were bullied didn’t even dare tell anyone what they experienced. This is alarming because children should be able to enjoy their lives without worrying about being isolated or hurt by others.
The same report also found that 68% of LGBTQ+ children are likely to think of committing suicide, compared to only 29% of non-LGBTQ+ identifying pupils. This statistic shows the tough reality that young LGBTQ+ students are facing, especially in finding a safe environment where they belong.
Pride Month presents a great opportunity to do something fun and meaningful with children when it comes to learning about the LGBTQ+ community. Some of the child-friendly activities to do on Pride Month include attending Pride events like parades or festivals with the family.
Learning about the history and influential LGBTQ+ personalities can give insights into the struggles and achievements of the community. Some immersive, child-friendly activities you can do are arts and crafts projects related to Pride flags and book reading. These activities are fun and serve as creative outlets and avenues for discussion.
Engaging in child-friendly activities encourages understanding and acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community, especially among young ones. It is more than just enjoying and learning, it is also a step to make a difference in how children see and communicate with the Pride community.