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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Build up an acacia tree over Lent and learn about life in Africa
A great resource for Lent, these sheets help make a fantastic Lenten Tree (like a Jesse Tree) that will create a colourful wall display. During Lent, your children will learn about life in African countries as illustrations are added to the acacia tree, and be encouraged to do something different at home or school (such as helping with the washing up at home or walking to school). At the same time, why not invite pupils to help children in families that are less fortunate? By raising £40 or more, your class can provide a ‘Farmer Starter Kit’ to an African farming family.
The file sizes are quite large, so please be patient.
Have an African Christmas in your classroom
A great resource for Christmas/Advent, these sheets help make a fantastic acacia tree that will create a colourful wall display. During Advent, your children will learn about Christmas in African countries and do something kind at school or home as hangings are added to the acacia tree. They are large file sizes, so please be patient. You can also see all of the information on a page with links to recipes etc here.
Fun online activity to introduce Africa to kids
These short quizzes can be filled out while pupils visit our engaging website Cowforce.com. When they go on Tazo the goat’s roadtrip they can find the answers to the questions in the pdf below. This IT activity gives pupils a fun introduction to life in Africa and the diversity of the continent.
'The Amazing Harvest Rescue' resources
Our new Harvest’ pack is now available! The pack contains a poster, stickers, leaflets, fundraising ideas and lots of resources to download such as a fun assembly play and vegetable headbands. There are also lots of fun ideas of how to have a really great festival at your school, like dressing up as vegetables and creating your own giant Harvest in an assembly. Use our online form to order the pack and downlaod our resources, and find out more about Harvest Festivals on our information page.
Fun animal drama that includes the whole class.
A lively, fun and engaging way to present the story of a family of orphans in Uganda to an assembly or as a whole class activity to another class. The story can be easily followed and is told by a group of farm animals from the UK and can be used to as part of your English curriculum.
Christmas word search and quiz with an African twist
This word search is a fun thing for your pupils to do as Christmas approaches. It reminds them of a few words and countries that they may already associate with the continent, whilst introducing them to thinking about what kind of things many African children eat and receive on Christmas day. The search also includes some alternative gifts - as for children living in poverty, these are the best presents they could ever get! Plus, the quiz with clues to our gifts is a simple way of engaging children in our work.
Learn and fundraise in this exciting art project
‘Build an African Farmyard’ is a fundraising and learning resource that’s all about creating a fantastic wall display of an East African farm (it’s perfect for a Harvest topic, but also great all year round). We provide you with the information, ideas and illustrations of the elements on the farm to photocopy, colour in and add textiles to… and your class learn, have fun and raise money - simple!
Fun animations that help to explain our work
These delightful, short animations, called ‘Four African Tales’ give an easy to follow explanation of some of Send a Cow’s work in Africa. They are ideal for use in an assembly and on an interactive whiteboard and they’re created to educate and bring a smile to children’s faces as they find out how we go about helping poor families get out of poverty.
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 for kids and great for books
These bookmarks are designed for kids to colour in. They feature five different aspects of Send a Cow’s work and could be used for your class, group or event - with the obvious benefit of encouraging them to read more! They are also printed on recycled paper, which is easier to colour on. So, help your children find out about our work and prompt them to read, by ordering some for free using the Order and sign up page.
Order some stickers for your kids
We have four different types of sticker sheets that you can order for your class, group or event if you are supporting Send a Cow in some way. They have been tested on kids… and they love them!
The ‘T1’ sheet has enough stickers for a class of 30.
The ‘T2’ is reward sheet with fun graphics such as ‘eggcellent work’.
The ‘K1’ sheet has small and large round stickers - good for groups.
And the ‘K2’ sheet is our cool Cowforce sheet with lots of different designs on it.
You can order several of these sheets and other materials for free, using the Order and sign up page.
Something for younger children about Send a Cow
If you are supporting Send a Cow in some way, or running an event, this sheet will give children something fun to colour in and take home. It is taken from the CowPower animation and very simply sums up how a cow can help a family in Africa. A PowerPoint file of the animation is included too.
Learn your African countries while you relax
This cool screensaver will help you and your pupils learn where African countries are during quiet moments in your classroom. It was created for kids to download from the Cowforce website - but why should they get all the best stuff? Click on the file and unzip, the rest should be easy.
Educational animation exploring viewpoints about bushmeat
A simple animation exploring this important conservation issue. The factors around the trade in bushmeat are neatly summed up in this piece - also see the pdf for some fun lesson ideas. You can use these resources with pupils to explore different viewpoints and to role play the cartoon characters. Our response to the issue is to provide poor families with Cane Rats (also known as Grasscutters), which can be found in our online gift catalogue. To find out more, click on the links below. . .
African animal ecards to send to a friend
You can use our swanky African animal Ecards to send a message to a friend. They were designed for kids to use, but don’t let that stop you. Sending one of our Ecards is not only free, it helps to spread the word about our work!
Brighten up your desktop with these cool wallpapers!
We’ve made a series of wallpapers for kids to download on our Cowforce.com website. But we don’t want to let the kids get all the cool stuff, so we’ve got them here for you to download too! Choose from a map of Africa, some Mr Tomato Head themed images and some cow flavoured ones. If you want to see what you’re getting before you download, go to http://www.cowforce.com/free-stuff or simply click on the files below (choose your screen resolution 800x600 small or 1024x768 big), then right click over the image and ‘Set as desktop background’. Easy peasy!
Some fun things for your children to do for Send a Cow
There are all sorts of ways that children support Send a Cow, many of them truly unique! Here are a few pointers to get them going - perhaps they could work in small groups and run their fundraising task as a mini-project. Whatever fundraising they choose to do, it should be great fun!
Animations and child-friendly information about Bag Gardens
A great way to introduce your kids to African Bag Gardens. On this area of our Cowforce website, we meet Mr Tomato Head, a gameshow host who loves plants! He takes the user through what Bag Gardens are all about in a comic strip, how you can make one in an animation and all about the competition through a clip from the Tomato Head show.
A fun introduction to special African style gardens
This fun, colourful animation from our kids site, Cowforce.com, explains why special gardens are needed in some places in Africa (like Lesotho) and how they can help a poor family. Really useful for an assembly and as an introduction to our African Gardens work in the UK. Turn your sound up to enhance the experience. We have supplied an exe file for PC that should open straight up (over 2MB) or a Quicktime file that is smaller for PC. Have fun.
Explains how cows can help - in a fun way!
This fun animation from Cowforce.com neatly sums up how a cow can help a poor family. Really useful for an assembly and as an introduction to our work - guaranteed to have your pupils smiling. Turn your sound up to enhance the experience. We have supplied an exe file for PC that opens straight up (over 2MB) or Quicktime files that are smaller and a Welsh option is included here. There is also a Powerpoint file, to allow you to go at your own pace. Have fun!
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
Make a moo game for two!
Make your own colourful version of this traditional Sudanese cow herder’s game. It can bring the Global Dimension into Art and is easy to make and fun to play! This game is also played in Lesotho.
Traveling cow meets Barnaby Bear!
A marvelously fun thing to do! Inspire pupils’ imaginations by sending your own furry cow or goat traveller(s) across the world in a jiffy bag. The animal gets to visit lots of places in the world en-route and helps your pupils learn about different locations. This idea is a pro-active version of QCA Unit 5 - Where in the world is Barnaby Bear?
A whole day learning about and celebrating Africa
A day’s worth of fun activities and ideas for inside and outside the classroom. An Africa day can bring the Global Dimension to the whole school or a whole key stage - educating your pupils about life in different countries. Ideas for Geogrpahy Unit 22 (Passport to the world) are included. Why not book one of our free speakers to come to your school too? Have fun!
Fun ratty lesson and fundraising ideas
You can have lots of fun with this ratty lesson! Cane Rats help to put an end to the hunting of bushmeat in the rainforests of Cameroon by giving families a source of protein and income - removing the need to hunt endangered species such as gorillas and monkeys. The link to the great little animation below can be used to explain the issues involved. The pdf file also includes some interesting fundraising activities if your class want to raise money for our projects, which include Cane Rats in Cameroon.
Make a TV ad for Send a Cow.
Pupils script and narrate their own TV advert for Send a Cow in this lesson idea - they will learn about communicating to an audience and using different forms of media.
Imagine life through a cow's eyes!
Allow pupils’ imaginations to come alive in this creative writing lesson. They put themselves in an animals’ skin, so to speak - seeing things from their perspective and imagining what life would be like for a cow in Africa!