Time: 40 – 120 minutes (depending on how in depth you'd like to cover this activity).
Goal of the activity:
To make sports equipment from 'found' materials in order to play different games created by groups of students.
Equipment you need:
'Found materials' in the home, neighbourhood, classroom and school.
- Give students one week to collect and bring to class found materials such as discarded boxes, cylinder tubes, blocks of wood, cloth, thread spools, food containers, cardboard paper rolls, paper and so on.
- Brainstorm a list of possible sports equipment a group of students could make from these found materials in order to play a game of their own creation.
- After the materials are collected, form small groups of students. Have each group:
a. decide how to sort their materials, for example, hard materials, soft materials, shapes, and so on
b. come up with possible games that could be created from the materials
c. make the equipment and test it out by playing their created game.
- Inform students that if the equipment or the game doesn't work out, modify it and try again.
- Combine groups to explain and play each other’s games.
- Gather all students to discuss the experience using the Reflect-Connect-Apply questions below.
We Want Children To …
- What challenges did you overcome in order to find materials?
- Explain what materials you used to create the sporting equipment for your game.
- How did you feel when you finally created a game of your own making that others could play?
- When planning your new game, what helped you come up with ideas?
- What did you learn about the creativity and ingenuity of people living in a refugee camp?
- Why do you think the refugees were motivated to find other uses for the scraps of leather?
- What other types of materials from home can you reuse to make useful objects?
This activity is one example of the activity based lesson plans found in Right To Play's curriculum-based lesson plans in Learning To Play, Playing To Learn.