You will need
- Device with access to the internet
- Online timer or stopwatch
- Specific equipment for tasks (see below)
Before you begin
- This is a great activity to run during an online session. Check out the advice on using Zoom and other popular digital platforms and the guidance on being safe online.
- Prepare your tasks in advance and let people know if they’ll need any specific equipment for your session.
- You could run the activity live in one meeting or set a task each week and review the entries together each time you meet online.
Taksmaster live – run the activity during an online meeting
- The person leading the activity should welcome everyone to the game and ask them to mute themselves.
- Introduce the challenge and share the ground rules. They should explain that they’ll be setting everyone some tasks and that everyone will need to think creatively to impress the Taskmaster and earn points.
- Now it’s time to start tasking! The Taskmaster should read out the first challenge.
- Everyone should complete the task. The Taskmaster should keep track of time with an online timer or stopwatch.
- Depending on the challenge, everyone could take it in turns to share their results or entries when the time is up.
- The Taskmaster should award points. It’s up to them how you do this – they could give points to the best entry, or to their top three entries.
- Everyone should keep playing with new tasks until the meeting ends.
- The Taskmaster should congratulate the winner (and everyone for taking part).
Home tasking – run the activity at home between meetings
- The person leading the challenge should explain it to everyone – they could use an online meeting or another means of communication like email. They should share the ground rules and explain that they’ll be setting everyone some tasks – people will need to think creatively to impress the Taskmaster and earn points.
- The person leading the activity should remind everyone of the hazards involved, particularly those related to running around (for example, doorways, stairs, and so on).
- The Taskmaster should set their first task.
- Everyone should have fun completing the task. They should take a photo or video of themselves and send it to the Taskmaster before their next meeting.
- Next time you meet, the Taskmaster should share the pictures or videos of everyone completing the task and judge the entries.
- The person leading the activity should keep track of any points that are awarded.
- The Taskmaster should set another task and everyone should enjoy getting stuck in.
This activity was all about giving everyone the chance to think on their feet and solve problems in a creative way. Ask everyone how they found the activity. Does anyone want to share which tasks they found the easiest or most difficult, and why? Did they find it easy to think of fun ways to complete all the tasks? Not all problems are easy to solve, but thinking outside the box and being creative are great skills to learn and can help in a lot of different situations.
- Online safety
Supervise young people when they’re online and give them advice about staying safe.
For more support around online safety or bullying, check out the NSPCC website. If you want to know more about specific social networks and games, Childnet has information and safety tips for apps. You can also report anything that’s worried you online to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection command.
As always, if you’ve got concerns about a young person’s welfare (including their online experiences), follow the Yellow Card reporting processes.