Hold an 'African Footy' tournament!
These sheets give step-by-step instructions to help your pupils make these ‘recycled’ footballs - just like thousands of children in African countries. It’s a great activity to link to a recycling project and can be used to discuss the uses of waste materials in the UK - it’s also a really fun thing to do with your class!
A collection of games played by African children
Many of the games that children play in East Africa are about things in their everyday lives: food, family and homemaking. Children play them in school fields, at home or on un-used land in their neighbourhood. These games, on the pdf below the video, are from a group of children near Iganga, Uganda. Before Send a Cow helped their families, many of these children were malnourished, only ate one meal a day and had very little energy to play. Through training in natural farming with their families, the children are now able to enjoy their childhoods and grow up healthily – having enough nutritious food for three meals a day and having the skills to grow food for the rest of their lives.
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Motivate your pupils to walk to school!
For Walk on Wednesday, why not do something different to motivate your pupils to be healthy and help them learn about Africa while they walk? You’ll be joining in with the thousands of children across Africa who walk to school every day. There are ideas and resources for what you can do on each day, (such as playing African games, making plastic bag footballs and eating African fruit), along with a Powerpoint to introduce the idea to pupils. Plus, there are some information boxes about life in East Africa and illustrations to help you to create a classroom display. We’d also love it if you chose to take the opportunity to get children sponsored and fundraise for Send a Cow.
A fun outdoor Lesothan game
A 5-a-side game for break times that is played in Lesotho. Mokou involves being quick on your feet and working as a team - requiring only some stones and a recycled plastic bag ball to play. Playing African games like this can be a great way of teaching how to have fun outdoors using local materials.
Fun hopping game from Lesotho
A variation of Hop-Scotch played in Lesotho by Julia. The game involves shunting a shoe polish tin around a grid as you hop. Not as easy as it sounds, but really good fun! You could have a competition to see who can get to the end.
Lively African ball game
This is a popular game in East Africa, game played in many school playgrounds. It involves at least three players and lots of running and dodging. It can be a good way of getting pupils active at breaktime.
Fun, small group game from Rwanda
Simple but fun playground game
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