iStock Share: National Child Day has been celebrated across Canada since 1993 on November 20 to commemorate the United Nations' adoption of two documents centered on children's rights: the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the Child on November 20, 1959, and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child on November 20, 1989. Article 31 of the Declaration recognizes the right of the child to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts. When children participate in recreational play, they develop physically, emotionally, socially, and cognitively. What they learn at creative play provides a strong foundation that will help prepare them for future life experiences. Studies have shown that recreation, art and play are integral to building resilience in children. Through participation in organized art activities children are developing core characteristics that will help them overcome challenges associated with the military lifestyle.