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IGG Free Being Me Session 1 Pot of Gold- A game from Ireland (7-10yrs)

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Participants learn that everyone is special for different reasons, and what’s inside them matters most.


Circle of gold/yellow paper per participant
container to represent the pot of gold


What to do
Settle the group comfortably in a circle, with leaders dotted amongst the participants.

In Ireland, there is a well-known legend about the leprechaun (a mischievous Irish fairy). He had lots of treasure that he kept locked inside an old pot, hidden at the end of the rainbow.
We are all special, a bit like the leprechaun’s treasure. Except, what makes us really special comes from inside us. We can be kind and brave, loving and clever. Sometimes, we keep what is special about us hidden deep inside. Let’s try to share it with each other!

Everyone takes a piece of gold paper. They should write their name on one side of the paper, and on the other side they should write something they think is special about themselves.

Something they’re good at, such as climbing, painting, or science.
Character qualities, such as being patient or curious, helpful or adventurous.

Leaders may need to help younger participants individually to understand what to write.
Collect the pieces of gold in the pot and shake them up.
Each participant picks out a piece of gold, reads out both sides of the coin, and gives it back to its writer, sharing a hug or high five.

Once everyone has their gold back, ask everyone to shout out all together, “We are all amazing!”

We are all special for different reasons, and our differences only make us more special. Keep your treasure safe to remind you of one of the reasons you are so special.

This is the first time your group will share together and some participants may feel shy. Help everyone to join in and create a warm, supportive atmosphere.


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