Environmental Tips Memory Game

The game

Wednesday 10th May, Andrea, one of the EVS volunteers developed a memory game using environmental protection tips in Youth Café Drumshanbo.

At the beginning children had to make a circle and stand up.  First, Andrea started with a ball in her hands and  she had to pass it to one of the kids shouting out his/her name. This kid had to do the same and pass the ball to another  group member shouting out his/her name. The first round finished  when everyone in the circle had received the ball. After that,  the second round started and  the person who received the ball had to say her/his name and an environmental protection tip, for instance: I’m Haley and I’m turning off the lights! She had to pass the ball to another person shouting out his/her name and when this second person received the ball he/she has to do the same, for instance: I’m Thomas and I’m cycling to school. Each member had to remember the name and the environmental tip of the rest so in the  next round, they passed the ball to each other shouting out the person name plus the environmental tip.

The outcome

It was superb to realise they know which kind of daily actions can make a difference and protect the environment. Each of them said one environmental protection tip without over thinking. We enjoyed it and we will be glad to come back next week with a new activity.

Environmental Obstacle Race

Yesterday 3rd May, EVS volunteers Kate & Andrea organised an environmental obstacle race in Youth Café Drumshanbo. It was part of the activity plan they have started in October last year. The purpose of the race was to learn about renewable energy, biodiversity and environmental disasters and to have fun at the same time.

Youth Cafe activity(1)

The game

We set up two equal gymkhanas (one for each team) with obstacles. We had two sets of cards with different images related to biodiversity, renewable energy and environmental disasters. Each set contained the same 14 cards (same images). We faced down the cards on a table besides each team. At the end of each gymkhana there was a cardboard divided into three sections: biodiversity, renewables and environmental disasters. The group was divided into two teams Alex the Lion with its respective lion hat and Pink Cowboys with its cowboy hat. Each team had to queue at the beginning of the gymkhana.


The race

When they heard GO! the first player of each team had to wear the team hat, take a card from the table, pass the obstacles without destroying them and place the card in the correct section. If he/she did it correctly, the next player started.

The team which first placed the 14 cards on the different sections got 3 points. Each correct placed card meant one extra point. At the end the team which got more points, was  the winner.


Both teams did a great job trying to guess which cards went in each section. Finally the Pink Cowboys won the competition. They discovered that biomass is a renewable source of energy and they are aware of environmental disasters such as fracking, oil spills, water pollution… It was a great non formal learning approach! We’ll see them next week.




Who is on Your Back?

The game

On Wednesday 26th April, EVS volunteers leaded a biodiversity game in Youth Café Drumshanbo. The name of the game is «Who’s on Your Back?». The concept was reviewing Irish wildlife through team communication.

Rules of the game

We prepared sticky labels with the names of well-known animals on it. For instance: whale, rabbit, snake and so on. Then we stuck the labels on everyone’s back without letting them know «who they were». Each member had to find out who was on their back by asking questions to the others in the team. Questions were asked in such a way that the answers could be just «Yes» or «No». The player could ask no more than two questions then it was other’s player turn. Once they found out who they were they could play again with another animal on their backs.

The result

It was an useful game to develop children’s communication skills and attention. They were listening to each other carefully and with interest. The environmental outcome of the game  showed that children are really curious about Irish wild life and they  guessed the answers very quickly. It was great craic!

Pass the box learning game!

Wednesday 5th April, EVS volunteers Kate and Andrea developed a new game in Youth Café Drumshanbo. The idea was to teach the group of children energy and water saving tips, common actions that are part of our daily life and make a difference.

Pass the box learning game!

The activity

First of all we took sheets of paper and we wrote statements which could be  energy/water saving tips or not. Some of the statements were true and some false.

The kids had to queue in a circle with their legs apart, they passed the box to each other between their legs while music was playing. When music stopped, the kid who had the box in her/his hands or between her/his legs  picked up a paper and read the tip. He/she had to decide if the statement was actually a tip to save water/energy or not. If the answer was correct they continue playing if not they were out. Some of the papers contained the message: Out of the game! which meant the person who picked it, couldn’t continue playing. The last player who remained  in the game was the winner.

The result

After all the excitement, we concluded they were familiar with practically all of the tips and even they explained us what they usually do to save water and energy. They learned that eating less meat saves water and energy, that supporting local markets helps the environment and cycling and walking instead of driving are good practices to avoid pollution. We were delighted to share our game with them. We will come up with new ideas for next week!



New non-formal learning approach: Enviro-activity!

Yesterday, 29th March, EVS volunteers developed an innovative activity in Youth Café Drumshanbo. The main purpose was to remember and learn about fossil fuels, renewable energy and recycling while the kids were playing a competitive game.


The game

We decided to create something different, a game they could enjoy and which could encourage them to learn more about environment.  At the same time we all know kids love competition, therefore based on these ideas, we created our game.

Using recycling materials, cardboard in this case, we designed a board with different squares from number 1 to number 20. There are three different kinds of squares on the game: numbers which have associated an specific task (sing a song, introduce yourself in a different language…), toxicity squares (with a skull on them) which mean a missing turn and the third type  wind energy, solar power, fossil fuels and recycling squares which have associated an environmental question related to those topics .

We divided the group of kids into two teams. A player for each team started the game, they had to throw the die, go to the related square and complete the associated task. If they did it correctly they could continue playing. When the player reached the last square, number 20, a new player started. The purpose of the game was that every player reached the end square as soon as possible. The team in which all players did it before, was the winner.

The outcome

It was a complete success! Children were engaged and they experienced a real competition. They tried to do their best for the team. We concluded that our board game was an original idea to encourage them to learn more about environment

game 2


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