You will need
- Scrap paper
- Pens or pencils
Before you begin
- The person leading the activity should cut up a set of 'Rights of the child' for each team. Place each set into a bowl at one end of your meeting place.
Know your rights!
- The person leading the activity should show everyone the Yellow Card. They should explain that it’s Scouts’ code of practice to keep everyone safe and go through what it says.
- Remind everyone that there’s a set of rights that all children throughout the world share called the ‘Rights of the Child’.
- The person leading the activity should ask everyone if they know any of these rights or if they can think what they might be.
Make all the rights moves
- Everyone should get into groups of six. If groups are smaller, team members may have to run again. Groups will work together to run and fetch all the pieces of their rights jigsaw before putting them together to form a sentence.
- The groups should stand at the opposite end of the meeting space to the sentence pieces and on ‘go’ the first team member in each group should run to their bowl and take out a piece of their rights jigsaw before returning to their team.
- The second person runs to the bowl to get another piece of the jigsaw and so on until the team has all six parts of their sentence.
- Once the group has all the parts, they must stand in the correct sentence order with their piece of paper facing forwards.
- Once each team has formed their sentence correctly and a helper has checked it’s correct, the group should work together to make a tableau explaining that right.
- Each team should show their tableau to the rest of the group. Can the groups guess the right or different parts of that right? Each group should then read their sentence out together.
- Everyone should talk as a whole group about what each right might look like online and make a list.
- Congratulate everyone on knowing and understanding some of their rights as a child.
This activity was a fun way of looking at some of the UNCRC rights of the child and thinking about what this means both offline and online. The person leading the activity should remind everyone that they always have the right be safe from harm and should always tell a trusted adult if they’re scared or worried. At Scouts we also have our Yellow Card so that everyone knows the actions they can take to keep each other safe in person, or online. Remind everyone that they also have a responsibility that goes with each right. This means that if you have the right to share your opinions, you should make sure your opinions are respectful or if you have the right to get information from the internet, make sure that information is accurate and safe. These rights are designed to make sure that every child is able to grow up to be the best they can be.
- Active games
The game area should be free of hazards. Explain the rules of the game clearly and have a clear way to communicate that the game must stop when needed.