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This activity helps explain to young people the importance of sanitation facilities by demonstrating what the environment would be like without them


Five buckets
Fake poo/substitute x 6
Flip chart/board.
Sticky notes.
5 x A4 paper.
Sticky tape. Masking tape and pens/craft materials to create models


Create individual score labels on the A4 paper using the following: 50, 40, 30, 20, 10 (one score per label)
Stick a score label to each bucket
Stick a line of masking tape on the floor to mark the throwing line
Set the buckets up at varying distances from the line on the floor, with 50 being furthest away and 10 being closest
The aim of the game is to get the highest score by throwing the fake poo into the buckets
Set up a leaderboard on the flip chart/board
Everyone should take turns throwing the six poos into the buckets and their score should be written on a sticky note and stuck on the leaderboard
They must stay behind the masking tape line when they throw the poo
After the game has finished, explain to the group that the buckets were meant to represent toilets
Ask them what would happen if the poo that didn’t go into the buckets was real
Explain that 2-3 billion people across the world don’t have access to adequate toilets and so have to defecate in the open
Highlight that this creates an environment which is polluted and spreads disease rapidly

You could adapt this game to have obstacles for the group to throw the poo over to make it harder to score points. You could also split the section into two and make it a team game with each trying to get the highest score.


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