The Big Party

The value of diversity


- To make known the origin of things we consume on an everyday basis

- To encourage tolerance, acceptance and integration of immigrants


Expected Outcomes

More inclusive and reflective participation with immigrants

Target group

Children between 6 and 12 years old

Number of participants: 12 - 20 people



(1 - very easy, 5 - very difficult)

The degree of expertise needed - 1

The amount of work to prepare and implement the scenario- 1

The relative overall cost predicted - 1


No previous experience is required. It is only necessary to motivate and guide the children so the activity can achieve its aim.



45 min

No pause is required, although there could be a 5 minute break before the presentation of the meaning of the game.



Room with space for all people and with possibility to modify the spaces. Chairs and tables that can be moved to form groups.


Crayons, folios, coloured pencils, white paper, copy of Annex 1


The facilitator should have printed the story in advance to be able to read it. The story should be adapted to the trends, culture, the age and the background of the target group.



The session begins by indicating to the group that they are going to work on an important topic, but that for now they will not be told which.

The participants are divided into 3-4 working groups.



1. The facilitator indicates to the participants that they are going to do an activity that consists in the preparation of a big party (can be a birthday).

They are separated into 3-4 groups, and each of them will have to draw on different sheets of paper the things, food, costumes, name of the guests, etc. what they want to bring/invite to the party.

The facilitator divides between the groups coloured pencils and paper. (5 min)


2. Each group is going to start drawing different things. In this time the facilitator  encourages the participants (since they are children, to include all possible areas). (20 min)


3. Once all the drawings are done, each group shows them and the facilitator ask the question:

-What is this drawing?

-Do you know where it comes from what they have painted?

Then the facilitator will look at the guests (at this point it is where you should start driving the activity to the theme).

Ask the children if there are invited guests from other countries, why they have not invited more?

-Do you know any foreign children?

-Do you think that if a foreign child was your birthday they would know how to play your games? Could he/she teach you some different games? (10 min)


4. In conclusion, the facilitator reads a story (Annex 1)  to the children. It is about a party in which they do not want to invite a foreign child and then all things that have a foreign origin are going to be eliminated from the party. Until finally they can only celebrate the party with a few local products.

That is when the facilitator should point out the importance of accepting people who come from outside because almost all the things we use also come from outside. (10 min)


The purpose of the activity is to make younger children aware that just as things originating in other countries are used in theirs, people from other countries can also live in theirs.

The facilitator will ask them:

Did you know the origin of these things?

Do you have a relative or friend living abroad? (10 min)


Support tools

Optional:  The facilitator can prepare a list of products originating in own country to explain also that the origin things of own country are used in other places.

(Ex: Spain: Sangría, liquor original of Spain, that you can found in others countries)




Ideas for action

If you work with a school, you can put the drawings on a board in the classroom for students to see and not forget learning about them.


Annex 1: "The Big Party" story


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