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This is a resource card game that helps children learn about economic justice, giving, and generosity. The main idea is that there are certain things in life that human beings need, and everyone should have access to those things. If someone is lacking something they need, and we have enough to share, we should be generous and share what we have with them.

cards-afterBefore class, prepare a set of cards out of some sturdy card stock (regular playing cards would be fine). Make seven cards for each of the children in your class. If you have ten children in your class, for example, you should have seventy cards in total. Print out or draw images related to the following “needs”: clean food/water; clean clothing; safety and shelter; education; work or occupation; fellowship and cooperation; and spirituality. Make as many copies as you have children in your class, and paste the images firmly onto your set of cards. If you can, laminate the cards so that they last longer.

To begin the game, shuffle the deck and give seven random cards to each child. Each child will generally have two or three of some “needs” and be missing others. The children must interact with each other and swap cards until each child has one card from each category.

As the game progresses through several rounds, children will encounter different situations that can provide opportunities to address a number of different concepts: justice, generosity, cleanliness, service, cooperation, consultation, and more.

Variations

  • Instead of having the children approach each other one by one to swap cards, ask them to sit together in a circle and consult on their needs as a group.
  • Give each of the children a different number of cards. Even though they may start with fewer or more cards, each child must end up with seven by the end of the game.
  • Add cards for other needs according to local requirements, such as health and medicine, transportation and mobility, etc.

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