Clean Confetti

30 Minutes | All | Indoors

Make and play the clean confetti game



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Clean Confetti

30 Minutes | All | Indoors

  • Multi-coloured confetti (including some blue pieces) - if you don't have confetti try tearing up coloured paper into pieces
  • Paper cups (two for each team)

  1. Before you begin
  2. Create a river of multi-coloured confetti
  3. Pour the confetti straight onto the floor in a long, curved, shape
  4. Gather your members of your household to complete this task
  5. If you want to avoid a mess, you could fill a bucket, bowl, or tray with the confetti to make a lake or pond instead
  6. Let's talk about water
  7. Talk about the ways they use water on a daily basis
  8. How do you use it when you’re getting ready in the morning? What about at school or work? What about at dinner time?
  9. Think about the millions of people who live without access to clean water
  10. In some places, children have to collect water for their families; this can mean walking long distances up to four times a day, and that children can’t go to school
  11. Now watch the WaterAid video Grace’s story
  12. Now discuss what may make water unclean
  13. Lots of different things can pollute water, for example, oil, sewage, pesticides, plastic, rubbish, or chemicals from factories
  14. Get ready to play
  15. Split yourself into team A and team B (you can have just one of you in each team)
  16. Give each team two cups
  17. Draw a line down the middle of the room and sprinkle the confetti along the line - this is the river
  18. Each team should stand either side of the room to the river, facing the river
  19. The river is full of water (the blue pieces of confetti), but it’s unclean
  20. The other colours of confetti represent all of the pollutants people talked about earlier
  21. If you can’t get blue confetti, you can change these colours
  22. You just need one colour to act as clean water, and one to act as pollutants
  23. Put one of the cups on the floor
  24. This is their team’s home cup, which will hold all the water they collect
  25. Collect the confetti
  26. Take the other cup (the collection cup), and run to the river
  27. When you reach the river, collect as many blue pieces of confetti as you can, putting them in your collection cup
  28. You shouldn’t pick up any other colours of confetti
  29. Once a piece of confetti is in the collection cup it can’t be taken out again
  30. Any blue confetti that’s dropped on the floor is no longer clean, so players shouldn’t pick it up or add it to their cup
  31. Set a timer for ten seconds
  32. Once ten seconds is up, run back and transfer everything from the collection cup to the home cup
  33. Once a piece of confetti is in the home cup, it can’t be taken out again
  34. The timing doesn’t need to be exact
  35. You don’t need to use a stopwatch unless you want to; you could just count slowly to ten
  36. Count the pieces of confetti in their home cup
  37. Blue pieces are worth one point
  38. Teams lose one point for each piece of other coloured confetti, because these are the pollutants that make the water unclean
  39. The winning team is the one with the most points, after their clean water’s been counted and any points have been taken off for any pollutants
  40. Now it’s time to reflect on what it means to be a citizen in a world where not everyone has access to clean water, and what it means to respect people who have different backgrounds to us

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