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The Paper Bag Game

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This game is designed to help younger children to understand the difficulties of surviving in an economy where there is high unemployment and no social security.

It also raises questions about power and the use of the world's resources.

The game is suitable for children from 9-14 years. Up to 35 players can take part. The game helps pupils to explore the relationship between economic, environmental and social issues. It will help them to recognise the origins of poverty and injustice.

The game is easy to organise and needs few resources (paper and glue). The booklet outlines issues that can be raised after the game has been played. Copies of this resource are also available in Welsh.

Download The Paper Bag Game from the Christian Aid website.

Resource contents

  • Game

    Download game and teachers' notes from the web link below.


Child Rights, Compassionate Values, Equality, Globalisation and Interdependence, Industry and Economy, Production and Consumption, Social Justice

Age Ranges

KS2: ages 7-11, KS3: ages 11-14


Art and design, Design and technology, Geography, Maths / numeracy, Science

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