"Children leave the right to rest and leisure and to engage in
play and recreation activities appropriate to their age"
Children in Uganda
make up their own games and use whatever is to hand for equipment.
Whilst the adults
are busy in the fields, the older children are left to look after
their younger brothers and sisters. During harvesting, the children
are given the responsibility of keeping the birds and monkeys away
from the fields, so they compose songs, hit empty tins and make games
out of scaring the birds away.
When the girls
are given the job of collecting firewood they take the opportunity
of turning it into a game. When the boys have to look after the goats
and the cattle, they invent games to while away the time and play
their flute or harp. Wrestling is a very popular game with the boys.
Children in the
villages make their own amusements and collect materials to make toys
to use for games, for example banana fibres make good balls, ropes
and dolls. They also use the fibres for weaving mats and making table
mats and hats. They use clay for modelling. Children love to go on
picnics and a visit to a zoo is a rewarding experience for them.
Activity - Games
- Hand push.
Two teams stand facing each other with their toes touching and their
palms together at shoulder height. In this position each tries to
push the other's hand until one in forced to step back. The person
who forces his opponent backwards is the winner. Add up each team's
- Two teams.
When a number is called, competitors stand on their left foot and
clasp their opponent's right hand. Each must try to pull the other
over so that he touches the ground with his right foot or his left
- Supply each
group with a different object such as an old sock, a wooden spoon,
an empty tin and a handful of small stones. Ask each group to make
up a game that uses their object and be prepared to demonstrate
it. Have duplicate objects ready if necessary.
- Make a collage
out of natural objects. Give each group an assortment of magazines,
a large sheet of paper, felt tipped pens and some paste. Ask them
to make a collage or draw and colour what they consider are today's
childrens' needs for instance health care - medicines, doctors,
nurses. Education, teachers, books, paper and pens, toys, friends,
food, the correct sort, love, family, a clean world and peace.
- Go for a walk
in the countryside and find small pieces of fallen branches. Does
the shape resemble anything? Join a number of twigs together with
instant glue to make animals.
Activity - Values
Give each member
a sheet of paper on which the following words are written - belongings,
health, religion, money, courage, truth, friendships and knowledge.
Ask each Cub
Scout to think carefully about each word and then to give the most
important one eight points, the second seven points and so on. They
are to do this on their own. Then make up a chart for each group with
the words across the top and the members' names down the left hand
side. Make a group chart taken from each member's own sheet.
Discuss the results