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IGG Free Being Me Session 1 Beauty Around the world* (7-10 years)

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Description

Participants encounter different ideas about beauty from around the world and over history and recognise that there’s more than one way to look beautiful.
IGG Brownie Investigate and Explore Choice Challenges No 19
Learn that everyone in the world is different e.g. unique fingerprints, different languages, different coloured skin

Resources

Beauty All around the world fact sheet
Signs saying true or false

Instructions

Explain to the group that they will play a game to discover how ideas about beauty that come from society are different around the world and have changed over time.

Mark one side of the meeting space with the ‘true’ sign, and the other side with the ‘false’ sign.
Gather players in the middle and tell them to “freeze” – stand completely still.
Read out your favourite facts (the part in bold) from sheet 1.2. Players should listen to the whole statement without moving and decide individually whether they think the statement is true or false.
Give a few seconds for players to make a decision in their heads then shout “GO!”
Players should run to the sign they have chosen and freeze again.
Once everyone has chosen a sign, read out the information under the fact.
Bring the players back to the middle and start again.
Remind them not to follow what other people do – they should decide for themselves! If you think your group might find this hard, you could ask everyone to close their eyes so they can’t see each other, and step forwards for ‘true’ or backwards for ‘false’.

In reality, all the facts are true – but keep this a secret!

Question
Were you surprised that all the statements are true?
Which were the most surprising?

We’ve just found out that societies around the world in the past and the present have had lots of different ideas about what is beautiful.

Think back to the list we put together about how princesses are shown in movies and on television. Can we really believe that list is telling us the truth – that it’s the only way to look beautiful, when beauty is seen so differently around the world?What do you think?



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