International Women's Day Activities for Kids

Updated: March 18, 2019
Here’s your ultimate guide to celebrating International Women’s Day with kids. We’ve got everything from themed food to activities, books, TV shows and movies, and online resources.
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The campaign this year for International Women’s Day is all about balance for better and building a future that is gender balanced. Now is the time, more than ever, that we expect balance in the world. We should not stand for anything less. Balance in thoughts and balance in actions for all people.

More: 5 Fun Activities to Celebrate Women's History Month With Your Child

As parents, it is our job to raise our children with equality and balance, and to provide equal opportunities for all children. As a mother of a daughter and a son, I strive for gender balance in toys, activities, books, shows, outlooks, conversations etc. it is my goal that my daughter and son feel equally strong, capable, compassionate, creative, and determined. Children of all gender should be raised to think, question, and persevere. Parents should focus on pushing imagination, curiosity, kindness, and adventure.

Teaching kids to acknowledge and celebrate International Women's Day is important to highlight the accomplishments of strong females. Here’s your ultimate guide to celebrating International Women’s Day with kids. We’ve got everything from themed food to activities, books, TV shows, and online resources.

International Women’s Day Themed Food

Start the day off with some powerful supergirl pancakes with these cute gingerbread girl cookie cutters, then re-use them again for cutting sandwiches for lunch!

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Make some fun hand-raising, fist cookies to show the strength in females and show the fight for balance.

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International Women’s Day Activity

Making a flower with each petal representing something different a woman is known for: strong, smart, etc. This descriptive flower activity is wonderful because it helps to build vocabulary as well as cognition by thinking about different personality traits. You can have your child make a flower that represents themselves or they can pick a special female in their lives.

10 Books to Celebrate Powerful, Strong, and Fearless Female Leads

1. Me…Jane by Patrick McDonnell

The inspiring story of Jane Goodall.

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2. My Name is Not Isabella by Jennifer Fosberry

The story of a little girl who is discovering herself and the adventures it takes her through.

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3. For the Right to Learn by Rebecca Langston-George

Tells the world-changing and fearless story of Malala Yousafzai and her defiance against the Taliban’s rule to stand up for all girl’s rights.

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4. Strong Girls box set by Brad Meltzer

A box set of short, fun, and engaging biographies of real-life heroes and trail blazers.

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5. The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

Follows a determined little girl and her dog as she tries to build the most magnificent thing.

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6. Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoes by Eva Chen

A fun and adventurous fairy tale and historical book through the journey of finding her shoes.

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7. Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty

Tells the story of a persistent and passionate little girl who has a dream of becoming an engineer and her wild imagination.

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8. Grace for President by Kelly Dipuchhio

Explains the story of a hardworking and determined little girl who sets out to become the first female president.

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9. Millie Fierce by Jane Manning

Tells the story of a little girl who decides to stand up for herself and how she figures out a way to do it nicely.

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10. Zita the Space Girl Trilogy box set by Ben Hatke

Follows a young fearless leader and all of her intergalactic adventurous.

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TV Shows and Movies to Watch on International Women’s Day

You can binge watch these shows and movies all month long to show your children that girls can be strong, fearless, adventurous, and determined.

1. Earth to Luna

This is a great show for young children. It follows a sister and brother as they continuously seek answers to life’s scientific question.

2. Magic School Bus

This classic cartoon follows an adventurous quirky school teacher eager to teach her students in an unconventional fashion by taking field trips.

3. Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir

It features both a female and male superhero, fighting for good.

4. Spirit Riding Free

A story that follows three good friends who go on lots of adventures riding freely on their horses.

5. Pippi Longstocking movie series 

Any of these wild movies are so much fun for the whole family with lots of journeys starring a brave little girl.

6. My Neighbor Totoro

A beautiful film that follows two sisters as they discover their new house and neighbor.

7. Anne with an E

This remarkable show stars a fiercely intelligent and determined young girl who has an unyielding love for knowledge and the world around her.

8. Mulan

This is a classic animated film about a female warrior who fights for what she believes is right.

9. Star Wars the Force Awakens

This movie is rated PG-13, so it may not be appropriate for a younger audience, but it is a great film featuring a strong female role model.

International Women’s Day Online Resources

A Mighty Girl Is the mother lode of websites for raising strong girls. It is your one-stop shop to find the best books, shows, movies, toys, articles etc. about raising mighty girls.

One of the most iconic strong women of our time will always be Jane Goodall. She is a world-renowned humanitarian and a wonderful role model for unstoppable passion and desire. Check out her main website, then her Roots and Shoots which focuses on education and youth leaders.

The official website of International Women’s Day is a must visit to join any local campaigns, marches, and activities to be apart of the change and movement.

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