Have you ever wondered how to initiate a conversation about rights with your students? “The Candy Game” is a great way to spark discussion about the concept of fairness, which ultimately leads to an understanding of wants, needs, and rights. I have used this activity with primary and junior students, and even adults, and have had great success. You can never go wrong when candy is involved! Here are the details:
Materials: A variety of coloured candy (wrapped), paper bags
Prepare one paper bag for each student. Each bag should contain a variety of candy. Some bags will have no candy, some will have a few pieces, some will have many pieces, and others will have exactly four pieces.
Explain that the students are going to be given one paper bag. The goal of the game is for each child to collect four pieces of candy that are exactly the same.
Tell the students that they must not speak during this game. Discuss some ways to communicate without speaking (i.e. eye contact, gestures, etc.).
Allow the students to have approximately three minutes to play the game.
Once students seem to be finished, the game can come to end. Have students gather in a circle, and allow each child to tell how much candy they did (or did not) collect.
Once each student has shared, ask students about their feelings about this game.Guiding Questions:‐ How did you feel when we started playing the game?
‐ What did you think when you were told you could not speak during the game?
‐ What was fun about the game?
‐ What was difficult about the game?
– What does this game teach us about the real world?
After this discussion, collect the candy, and allow students to enjoy one piece each!