21 September International Peace Day

If you are planning ahead for September, remember that 21 September is International Peace Day

To find out about the origins of this day check out:


To find out about what is going on around the world, check out:


Make a Pinwheel for peace

Many children around the world will be making a pinwheel for peace on Peace Day.

See examples from previous years on:


To print the pinwheel template go to: http://www.pinwheelsforpeace.com/pinwheeltemplate.pdf

In class, talk about words, messages and symbols of peace. The children then use these to decorate their pinwheel.

In school, we make ours using a pencil with a rubber on the end and a pin.  The children may need help with this bit.  It is important to make sure the end of the pin is hidden in the rubber so that the children don’t hurt themselves.

Making Friendship ribbons

You will need some strips of card/paper, a safety pin for each child, coloured pencils, felt pens or crayons.  Prepare some quotes about friendship & peace to discuss with your students.

Check out the following website: http://www.planetpals.com/IKC/IKC_quotedictionary.html for some simple yet effective quotes.

“The only way to have a friend is to be one.”   Emerson        

“A friend is a present you give yourself.”  Robert Louis Stevenson

 “Friends are the sunshine of life.”    John Hay (1871)

“He who finds a true friend, finds a treasure.”     Trad.  

“Your friend is the man who knows all about you, and still likes you.” Elbert  Hubbard                                                              

“Friendship needs no words…”  Dag Hammarskjold 

“It is possible to live in peace.” or “For a non-violent person, the whole world is one family.”    Gandhi

  • Talk through the quotes with your students making sure they understand everything. 
  • Ask them to choose their favourite. 
  • Give them a strip of paper to copy their quote onto. 
  • Ask them to decorate the other side of the paper.
  • Finally they make it into a friendship ribbon, fixing it in the middle with a safety pin.
  • They give the ribbon to a friend, a member of their family or a teacher.  Alternatively they could hang it on the Friendship Tree described below.

Peace Tree

Materials:  Make a Peace tree from a tree branch and stand it in a container full of stones or sand.

Alternatively, instead of making Peace ribbons, the children could draw a symbol of peace, for example a dove and write messages of peace on their drawings.  They cut out their messages and attach some ribbon or wool to hang them on the Peace Tree.

Songs for Peace

There are many songs you can use to with older children.  Many teachers use Imagine by John Lennon, Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong and Michael Jackson’s Heal the world.

Check out this lovely version of Imagine from the popular TV programme, Glee.


You can also encourage your students to send a cup of free food by just clicking on:



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