You will need
- Paper plates
- Hole punch
- Craft materials (for example, tissue paper, pipe cleaners, stickers)
Before you begin
- Set up four different tables with everything a group will need to make one of the four animal masks. You may want to assign an adult to each table.
Learn about endangered animals
- The person leading the game should ask everyone what they know about endangered animals. Everyone should try to explain what it means to be endangered, and share some examples of animals that are endangered.
- The person leading the game should explain what endangered animals are, and introduce the tiger, amur leopard, mountain gorilla, and polar bear.
- The person leading the game should give everyone an animal —tiger, amur leopard, mountain gorilla, or polar bear.
- Each animal group should get together. Everyone acting like the animal they’ve been given is one way people could find the other members of their animal group.
- Each animal group should go to the table with the things they need to make their mask.
- Everyone should cut eyes and mouth holes in a paper plate. They should try and make sure they match up to their face!
- Everyone should use the hole punch to punch one hole on each side of the mask. If there isn’t a hole punch, an adult should carefully pierce the card with scissors — it may be best to do this before the activity.
- Everyone should decorate their mask to look like their animal. They could draw and colour, or use craft materials.
- Everyone should tie string to one of the hole punched holes. They should measure how long the string needs to be to hold the mask to their face, then cut it and tie it on to the other hole punched hole.
Play the endangered animals game
- If their mask is dry (and if they can see through it clearly), everyone could wear their mask while playing this game.
- The animal groups should jumble up, and everyone should sit in a circle.
- The person leading the game should call out the name of one of the endangered animals or a fact about one of the endangered animals from the ‘Wild world facts’ below. They could also call ‘all endangered animals’.
- Everyone in that animal group should get up and move around the outside of the circle like their animal. They could prowl, plod, or run, until they return to their place. If the person leading the game calls ‘wild world’, everyone should get up and move around the outside of the circle like their animal.
- Repeat steps three and four until everyone’s had enough turns.
This activity reminded you that you’re a local, national, and international citizen of the world. Our world belongs to wildlife too. We need to look after wildlife and not damage their habitats. Animals that need our help don’t just live in countries far away—they can be locally too. Can you remember any animals at risk that live in the UK? How could you work with other people to look after endangered animals?
This activity also reminded you to care. Imagine having an endangered animal with you now. Can you hold it, or is it too big? What does it feel like—is it furry or spiky? Where does it live and what does it eat? Our actions affect animals around the world. What could you do to help this animal (for example, could you pick up litter and avid walking on their habitat, or could you use less energy and recycle more)?
Supervise young people appropriately when they’re using scissors. Store all sharp objects securely, out of the reach of young people.
- Glue and solvents
Supervise young people appropriately when they’re using glue and solvent products. Make sure there’s plenty of ventilation. Be aware of any medical conditions which could be affected by glue or solvent use and make adjustments as needed.
- 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.