Simulation Games

Simulation Games

Duncan Macleod & Gillian Southey


Unequal Resources ∆ Poverty and Plenty

Each team is given a list of tasks to complete with paper. However, the resources of pins, pencils, glue, stapler and variety of colours will be different for each team. This learning activity is designed to help players understand the feelings and actions of individuals and groups when resources are distributed unequally. It highlights behaviour when the job to be done becomes more important than the people involved, and gives opportunity to observe the bargaining process. Suitable for up to 80 players, including children.

The detailed instructions for this exercise are found in Simulation Games 2, also known as More Simulation Games, by Pat Baker & Mary-Ruth Marshall, JBCE, Australia. Available on loan from Uniting Youth Ministry Library, or for sale from Epworth Books, 75 Taranaki St, Wellington,
(04) 385 0352,

Dinner for the World

Arrange a meal for the whole congregation. Some people are chosen to eat an elegant meal in a conspicious place such as the stage of a hall. The rest are required to eat a basic meal of rice and water. This highlights the luxury experienced by most New Zealanders, when seen in the context of world hunger.

Remember to debrief with everyone after simulation games.