For our final project in the class 162, we were asked to create a game of some sort. This game could be anything from a physical sport, to a card game. My group chose to make a puzzle. The catch to the game, is that it had to advocate and teach the player about the work a certain charity was doing. My partner and I paired with the Human Rights Watch, and created our puzzles with images and fun facts of three historical figures who were key in the fight for human rights. Martin Luther King Jr, Gandhi, and Nelson Mandela were who we chose.
The Puzzle of Human Rights
Rules and Objectives
In this 2 player game, each player must separate the puzzle pieces for each round. Each player has 3 puzzles, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr, and Gandhi. Players then choose a character which they will both compete with.
Once the character has been chosen, each player puts the plastic bag on the table in front of them. They both start putting their puzzle together at the same time. The first person to complete the puzzle gets 2 POINTS. Once it is definitive who completed their puzzle first, mix up the pieces (destroying the made puzzle). Flip them all over to the fun facts side. The same rules apply, and the first person to make their fun facts as a puzzle gets 1 POINT.
The game then repeats for the other 2 puzzles. The player with the most points after all 3 puzzles (6 sides) wins the human rights puzzle game!
This puzzle is intended for 5-12 year olds, to have a fun and educational way to learn about human rights advocates. Each historical figure was essential in different fights for human rights, that every child should know about. This game was made in alliance with the Human Rights Watch (hrw.org).
Quick Bios –
Nelson Mandela was the first black president of South Africa, and was the key figure in ending the racial segregation of the apartheid in South Africa. As a consequence for fighting for his rights, he spent 27 years in jail on Robben Island.
MLK was an activist of African American rights in the United States. He promoted non-violence (as did the other 2) but this was more rare in his situation because of the extreme violence endured by African Americans of that time period.
Gandhi led India to independence using non-violence and civil disobedience. His efforts led to human rights progress around the world.