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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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Call For Climate Action

For the love of each other, this spring, we are standing with over 100 organisations to call for climate action for the sake of all the things that matter most.

For the love of the food on our plates. For the love of our global neighbours. For the Love of Somerset, the Arctic and the Great Barrier Reef. For the love of country walks and Britain's beautiful seasons.

For the love of all the things we care about, we're taking climate change seriously. And we're not alone.

It’s time to stand up, for the love of each other, and demand action.

Will you share what you love? (

For the love of video

Press Releases


Recently Added Resources

Quotes about "Living Differently" (and each of the 3 elements of the theme) - use them to start discussions, in press releases, as talking points in any event. (added 14 Oct 2014)

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

Living Differently -  Featuring food/a meal in your event? These resources from CAFOD could enhance the menu!  (amended Oct. 2014)

 'Living Differently -a selection of videos to inform and entertain' (updated Oct. 2014)

wordsearch:'The world we want'. Download and print the search and answers (two - suitable for use with the 'Living Differently' theme

 2014 Worship resources for the "Using money ethically" element of the "Living  Differently"  theme (added 13 October 2014)

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

2014 Worship Anthology for  "Living Differently" plus  supplementary material (added 21 Sept. 2014)

Faith and School resources for 2014: School Assemblies on Living Differently(added 18 Sept. 2014)

 Press Release Template for publicising your event 2014 (word.doc) (issued 30 Sep.2014)


Publicity materials for 2014 'Living Differently' (pdf)

Evaluation form for organisers to report back to OWW - 2014  (added September 2014)

Working with Others -in 2014 - Ideas for events and links to OWW Partners and their resources  (updatedvariously from July -September 2014)

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

2014 - a video to trigger ideas to help you start planning your OWW events

"Living Differently" downloadable leaflet for OWW 2014 (pdf) - added 29 May 2014 

Introductory PowerPoint about organising local interfaith/inclusive OWW events in 2014 (updated 28 May 2014)

2014 Theme summary: A4 with 2xA5 single sided leaflets to down load and print for use at planning meetings as an alternative to the full annual leaflet.  (added 23 April 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)

Funding Opportunities -  Aug. 2013