A version of Musical Chairs which encourages children to think about needs vs. wants (From POL)
School book (representing â€˜educationâ€™)
IPod (or similar)
Picture of a house (one torn out from property supplement of newspaper will do, representing â€˜a homeâ€™)
Image of a loving family
Passport (preferably an old one â€“ representing â€˜nationalityâ€™)
Bottle of water
Sandwich (or similar, representing â€˜foodâ€™)
Similar resources at http://www.weareteachers.com/lessons-resources/details/the-difference-between-wants-and-needs
Enough for one per scout
- Give one item to each young person, and go around the group and let everyone say a few words about their item. Elicit what they represent.
- On a given signal, beavers/cubs/scouts have to stand up from their chairs/mats and keep moving around, waling in a circle or similar.
- While they are walking, remove two of the chairs.
- On signal, beavers/cubs/scouts must find a seat again.
- The two who are left without seats must make a case for why the item they are carrying is more important than the other persons, thus giving them the right to stay in the game.
- Encourage them to think about whether the item is a need or just a want, but allow them to be creative in how they argue for their item. Agree on a winner for each round who gets to stay in the game.
- Add one of the two chairs removed, and continue the game