Downloadable games

You can find hundreds of games on the internet that will teach all sorts of things to your children but it can take hours and hours to find anything worthwhile or relevant.  The following games are our selection of the best, covering everything we think that you would be interested in incorporating into a One World Week event.

Don’t forget to look at our other activities, which were specifically designed to complement the ‘peacing together one world’ theme.

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Cooperative games

Cooperative games

This list of games has been adapted from  They are designed to encourage a sense of teamwork amongst children, something that is very important in understanding what it means to Live for One World and for establishing a culture of peace.  The games will often avoid having a ‘winner’ or a ‘loser’ as this enforces the sense of competition and individual achievement.  They are self-explanatory and often require little or no extra resources beyond a facilitator and some energetic children!

Click here to see some fun cooperative games suitable for all age groups. - Word 1997 73.5KB

Quizzes and activities from CAFOD - these are designed for use in schools but can be used at OWW events with just a little adaptation.

(please note these links take you to the main CAFOD pages: Schools, children and young people  You can search by age, topic and type of activity.  Here's a sample of a few of our favourites: 


CAFOD's Global Connections

A game to help show how we in the UK have links with so many countries and cultures around the world. Find answers to the questions by going around the room. It makes a great "Ice breaker" by getting people talking to each other!

Download it here

A quiz on Fairtrade

The resource is designed for 7-11 year olds, and comes as a downloadable interactive PowerPoint quiz which can be used as a group or on an individual basis.

A quiz on health and water

The resource is designed for 7-11 year olds, and comes as a downloadable interactive PowerPoint quiz which can be used as a group or on an individual basis.

A quiz on climate change

This is a pdf document and provides the rules of the game and the quiz questions and answers.  This game is designed to be played as part of an assembly or a large group The game requires two teams, with one volunteer on each team to come up to the front and answer the questions, and they can choose a friend to come up with them to be their ‘play piece’.  Correct answers earn a step forward.  There are two quiz sheets: KS2-3 questions and KS3-5 questions.


Board game from CAFOD

Poverty stops children going to school

Click on the second resource down called ‘poverty stops children going to school’.

CAFOD have created a free board game looking at how difficult it can be to complete your education.  Obstacles representative of real life challenges in the developing world stand in the way of you collecting enough tokens to finish school.


A Practical Action activity relating to climate change

floating gardenIn Bangladesh communities are fighting the consequences of climate change by building floating gardens, rafts that they grow their crops on. Instructions on how to build a model of a ‘floating garden’ in a washing-up bowl, using very simple materials, are provided, along with more information on the project.       Suitable for KS2-4.

Download instructions from Practical Action here

Practical activities relating to Fair Trade

suitable for One World Week events that focus on 'Living for One World' 2011

Choosing fairly traded products is one way in which we can actively engage with "Living for One World", establish a culture of peace, or explore what it means to be part of one world, whether as individuals, places of worship, businesses, schools, or Voluntary organisations.  These Fairtrade games give children an insight into the challenges associated with trading rules, and also introduces them to exciting Fairtrade products!

From Traidcraft

Orange Trading Game

The aim of this game is for players to understand some of the pressures facing poor farmers in the developing world; that many factors are completely out of their hands and that it is still possible to be poor even if you work very hard. The game leads naturally on to introducing the concept of fair trade and how this makes a difference to producers.

Interdependency game

Participants simply take steps forward but there are hidden rules that come into force. While this game only specifies 2 players, it can be used in bigger groups where the participants are divided into two teams and shout advice to their team player.

Selection of unfair games

These unfair games are designed to teach about the unfairness of trade rules in the world, as many existing trade rules benefit richer countries and are disadvantageous to developing or poorer economies. Some of these games could get a bit messy, but children are bound to have fun with them. It is important when using these games that the concepts are discussed afterwards to allow for learning; otherwise those on the ‘losing’ team may feel upset or frustrated.

From CAFOD (please note these links take you to the main CAFOD pages.  Follow the guidance provided to find the correct resource in each case)

Focus on Fairtrade

On CAFOD's primary school Fairtrade resources page you will find a resource  called ‘Focus on Fairtrade Folder’.  Inside here is an excellent activity for making (and eating!) Fairtrade banana lollies.

Banana split game

The Banana split game is designed for KS2  and features role-play cards and individual tasks.  It aims to introduce the banana chain and the reality of where the money from production goes.  It is a downloadable pdf document.

Trading trainers game pack

Within CAFOD's secondary Fairtrade resources is a ‘Trading trainers game pack’.  This is a simulation game set in an imaginary Latin American shanty town, where small family businesses are making training shoes to sell to the local market.  This 14 page resource pack contains everything you need to play the game.  It takes around one and a half hours to play and is very good for larger groups.


Other activities

CAFOD has a number of practical Workshops which feature auctions, treasure hunts, eco fashion shows, lobbing MPs and educational resources.

Many other charities have campaigns in progress, and you can find out about these by visiting their websites.  Go to our links page to get started.

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Press Releases


The Action Begins
(October 2015)

Recently Added Resources

Need funding for your event? Apply to Big Lottery Celebrate Fund! NOW or you'll be too late for OWW more here and other suggestions

Poster/ flyer design kit - download from here

2016 Leaflets "Including You" download PDF versions here

Introductory PowerPoint about organising local inclusive OWW events - updated for 2016.  Down load ppt here

Worship resources relating to Migration and refugees from Cafod, Christian Aid and the URC, including videos and a half hour film - see them here

Migrant crisis or poverty crisis? - A briefing paper from Global Justice NOW Download as a PDF here

2016 - "Including You" - Booklet of ideas, links and resources for interpreting the theme. Dowload a PDF here (updated July 2016)

Global Education resources for Muslim Schools from MADE - more details here (added 7 Dec. 2015)

Learning resource/activity for young people about peace - from Fly Kites not Drones;   suitable for activites in or out of school. find links here: schools ; activities (added Nov. 2015)

Organisers' Evaluation Form for event organisers to completand send to OWW - down load the word.doc from here

Finding images for exhibitions, posters, activities, teaching - some useful guidance from Think Global - see links here or go to Global Dimensions website here (6 Nov. 2015)

Teaching resources for KS1 and children's activities (5 - 7 year olds) from Traidcraft -  here (8 Oct 2015)

Quotations about Hope in Action (includes: hope; economic inequality; gender equality and an inte faith section about inequality.Down load as a word.doc from the Discussion resources page here (8 Oct. 2015) 

Pledges to Inspire Action -plus suggestions for use at events. (word.doc) (7 Sept 2015)

Worship resources  to support Traidcraft's Justice campaign on Faith Resources page. (7 Oct. 2015)

New children's resources from Christian Aid for OWW 'Hope in Action' : School Assemblies (primary and secondary) here;  Children in Church here. (7 Oct. 2015)

Event participants feedback form  (for organisers to collect feedback from participants at OWW events)   (word.doc)

Christian Worship Anthology- Hope in Action available to download as pdf or in a word version you can edit (15 Sept. 2015)

The Funding Opportunities page has been updated  (1 Sept. 2015)

New teaching resources on Sustainable Development Goals, including Goal 10: "Reducing Inequalities" -  from 'Think Global'  (issued 29 Aug. 2015)

Press Release Template for publicising your event 2015 (word.doc) (issued 14 Aug. 2015)

2015 leaflets available to download & print


2015 -Suggestions and resources for interpreting the theme, Hope in Action. Download a pdf version OR a word.docx version

Resource leaflets "Finding out more about ethical investment: website links" (Word .docx) (contributed byPhilip Hayllar, Portsmouth OWW Oct 2014)

wordsearch:'The world we want'. Download and print the search and answers (two  (Oct. 2014)

 A worship resource from CAFOD - Call of Creation - A PowerPoint for  reflection (added 25 September 2014)   

Pledges to help you "Aspire be more" word.doc (added 1 Oct 2013)

OWW Guide and links to other websites for resources relevant to environmental issues (updated Sept 2013)- (word doc)

A video to trigger ideas to help you start planning your OWW events