Sometimes you think you just can’t live without that latest video game. But there are many kids in the world who would be happy with clean water or something to eat. There’s a difference between what we absolutely need and what we want to make our lives a little more enjoyable. Investigate these differences and show others your understanding in an artwork.
This is a good activity for kids to complete independently.
Ideal for: Upper Primary Ages 10 – 12
- be creative
Time required: 40 minutes
Curriculum connections: Visual Arts, Science, Business and Economics, Personal and Social Capability
Some kids have a tendency to beg parents to buy them things that they ‘need’ in order to look cool or impress (like a video game or outfit). This activity invites kids to challenge their ideas of needs versus wants so that they can think more responsibly about how they use their (or your) money. Once your child completes this task, ask them about what they identified as needs and wants. You might like to explore this concept further on your next visit to the shops by having them point out items that could meet a need or a want.
Complete lesson for classroom teachers:
- Art supplies: coloured pencils, pens, paint, coloured paper, glue, scissors
- Table template (included below)
- White paper
- Writing pen or pencil
Learning@Home from Cool Australia
Learning@Home resources are designed for parents and teachers to use with children in the home environment. They can be used as stand-alone activities or built into existing curriculum-aligned learning programs. Our Learning@Home series includes two types of resources. The first are fun and challenging real-world activities for all ages, the second are self-directed lessons for upper primary and secondary students. These lessons support independent learning in remote or school settings.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.