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.

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

Musical chairs recycling game

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Yesterday, 22th March, EVS volunteers organised a recycling game in Youth Café Drumshanbo. It was based on musical chairs but the aim was learning more about good recycling habits.

We had developed this game before with an energy quiz and it was a complete success that’s why we decided to do it again. The main idea was dancing around while the music was playing and try to find a chair when it stopped. The kid who was standing because he/she wasn’t able to find an available chair, had to answer a recycling question. A correct answer meant the kid could continue playing, however an incorrect answer meant he/she was out of the game. It was great! They took their time to think and they chose their answers carefully. At the end we concluded that our previous recycling workshops were effective because they have pretty clear what a good recycling habit is. We will see them next week!

Steal the glove environmental game

STEAL THE GLOVE-2Wednesday 8th March, International Women’s Day, EVS volunteers Kate & Andrea developed a dynamic game in Youth Café Drumshanbo. The purpose was to have fun and at the same time see what the kids remembered about our previous activities.

Steal the glove

We divided the group of kids into two smaller groups. The teams lined up on opposite sides of the room. Andrea, the referee, was in the middle. Each team member had a number- one, two, three and so on. The referee started the game by calling out one number, for instance: Three! Number three of each team had to pay attention to Kate, who was standing out of the game area. She read some statements related to the various environmental topics they have learned about since we started to collaborate with the Youth Café. At the moment they heard a FALSE statement they had to run, steal the glove and come back to their team without being tagged by the other player. If they were tagged while stealing, the other team received the point. At the end of the game the team which had more points was the winner.

The result

Both teams were competitive until the last minute. They wanted to win and they were concentrated on the statements. They discussed between the team members if they were true or false. It was interesting to hear their reasoning. After the game we were happy to conclude they remembered what we explained them in previous workshops. It was a great session! We will see them next week.

 

 

 

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