I planned a peace night a couple years ago and for various reasons never got to use it. Since it was remembrance day recently, we figured that this would be a good time to revisit what I had planned and work on the Peace badge.
We started out with a quick discussion of remembrance day, how it related to Peace and talked a little about what the girls had done in school.
Then, we started off our activities with a game I found in a program called “Play it Fair.” It is a whole set of activities designed to teach kids about different values such as respect and cooperation through games. This one was called “The Culture Game”.
To play it, we divided the group into patrols and gave each one a colour. They became the yellow, blue, orange and green tribes. We handed each patrol a piece of paper in their colour to take notes on and a list of 4 things: a greeting, a shout, a taboo and an attitude. For example, one group had:
Shout: “Blue, Blue!”
Greeting: Cross your arms and say: “Hello Jello”
Taboo: Never speaks first
Attitude: Feels inferior to the green tribe
The girls the had to mingle and figure out what the other tribes’ characteristics were by communicating with them. After 10 minutes or so, we regrouped and discussed what we had learned. The girls had figured out most of the attributes and were able to talk about how they related to real life. We tried to come up with some examples of taboos in other countries and discusses why it was important to be aware of culture and gesture no-nos when you are talking to someone else so as not to offend them or be offended. We had fun figuring out what some Canadian characteristics are, for example we decided that our greeting or recognizable phrase could be: “eh” and that we are often considered very polite and might get offended if we met someone who didn’t consider that to be as important in their culture if we didn’t realize the reason.
For our next two activities, we split the girls in 2. Half the group talked about the story of Sadoko and the Thousand Paper Cranes while trying their hand at origami while the other half made posters collages depicting peace, culture, remembrance and inclusiveness (one per patrol). Then we switched it up.
The crafts took a little longer than we thought so we didn’t get around to our campfire (we were going to sing “Make new Friends,” and “Peace Like a River”) but we will try to do that next week.