What’s the aim of the game?
- To encourage the group to get to know each other better.
- To help young people to express what’s important to them.
- To encourage the group to think about what they would like to campaign about.
What equipment do we need?
Sheets of paper.
Straws or small sticks for the flag poles.
Paper, pens and paints to decorate the flags.
How do we play it?
1. Set up tables with paper, pens and paints.
2. Ask each young person to draw a flag which contains some pictures and symbols describing who they are, what’s important to them, what they enjoy, what they would like to improve in their local area and what they like about their local area.
3. The flags can be divided into sections or the young people can add their decorations into the open space.
4. Once the group have finished, get everyone in a circle and ask each young person to talk about their flag.
How much time will it take?
This activity should last about 30/40 minutes.
How can the activity be adapted and extended?
- This activity can be used to start a discussion about what the group would like to campaign on.
- It can also be used to identify who could play different roles within a campaign, for example if someone shows on their flag that they like writing or they like making films these talents could be used for the club campaign.
- The activity can be changed by inviting young people to add words to their flags.
What roles can staff and volunteers play?
Above all else be enthusiastic, encourage everyone to take part and make sure everyone’s voice is listened to.
If needed, HCAs, staff and volunteer can help the young people to communicate their ideas, help the young people to move around the room and generally support young people to actively take part.