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matthew
15th May 2020

Activities for ages 10 - 14

The Consumer Council promotes and safeguards the interests of all Northern Ireland consumers and we have devised a number of consumer rights themed games and quizzes that you and your family can do while you are in the house. The recommended ages for these activities are 10 - 14 years old.

Tag us in photos of you and your family playing these activities on Twitter at @ConsumerCouncil or on Facebook.

Every month we are going to pick someone to win a £25 Love2Shop voucher. So be sure to get creative!

Earn your acorns - Activities Tracker

Earn your acorns

Help Peanut the Squirrel earn The Golden Acorn by completing activities from our website.

For each activity you earn an acorn. After completing your 6th activity, Peanut gets The Golden Acorn.

Download and print the Earn Your Acorns Activities Tracker

Online Quizzes

Online Quizzes

To view our online quizzes go to: www.consumercouncil.org.uk/quiz

Consumer Rights Activities

Consumer Rights Activities

Activity 1: Help Peanut crack the code

Download and print crack the code activity sheet

There are 6 secret messages, which give tips on how to save energy, avoid food waste and shop responsibly.

Can you help Peanut the Squirrel decode each of these secret messages?

Answers

  1. SWITCH OFF UNUSED LIGHTS
  2. ONLY BOIL THE WATER YOU NEED
  3. PLAN YOUR MEALS AHEAD
  4. FREEZE LEFTOVER FOOD FOR LATER
  5. BUY SECOND HAND ITEMS
  6. BRING REUSABLE BAGS OUT SHOPPING

Activity 2: Group activity

Download and print the goods, services and digital content activity sheet

Game 1: Charades

  1. Print out the different items and cut them up for each player.
  2. Divide into teams with each team being given an equal number of cards
  3. Play a game of charades from the list of items on the sheet.
  4. The team that guesses the most answers are declared the winners. Be sure to set a time limit for each game of charades!

Game 2: Fastest team wins quiz

  1. Divide into teams. A member of the family has to act as the game master as they will have correct answers.
  2. Each team must identify whether each item is classified as ‘Goods’, ‘Services’ or ‘Digital Content’.
  3. The fastest team that gets all the answers right are declared the winners.

Game 3: Snap

  1. Print out two sets of the cards.
  2. Cut the cards up and set the cards face down on the table.
  3. Happy snapping!

Avoiding Scams Activities

Avoiding Scams Activities

Activity 1: Scams crossword puzzle

Download and print the scams crossword puzzle

Fill in the gaps to learn more about how people can be tricked by scams.

Answers

Across:

4. Copycat websites, loan scams and bogus emails fall into which category of scam? ONLINE

5. Consumers should be wary of letters and calls relating to any competitions that they haven't entered. An example is... LOTTERIES

6. This type of scammer can pretend to be the council, charity or a supplier to gain entry into your home. ROGUETRADER

Down:

1. Scammers may persuade you to send them this. MONEY

2. Scammers can claim to be legitimate organisations such as... BANKS

3. If you have been caught out by a scam who should you contact? CONSUMERLINE

Activity 2: Scams group activity

Download and print the different types of scams activity sheet

Game 1: Charades

  1. Print out the different items and cut them up for each player.
  2. Divide into teams with each team being given an equal number of cards
  3. Play a game of charades from the list of items on the sheet.
  4. The team that guesses the most answers are declared the winners. Be sure to set a time limit for each game of charades!

Game 2: Snap

  1. Print out two sets of the cards.
  2. Cut the cards up and set the cards face down on the table.
  3. Happy snapping!

Activity 3: Scam word search (intermediate)

Download and print the scam word search

Complete the word search by finding all of the scam-related words located in the word bank - this one a bit harder than the first one. Are you up for the challenge? Make it a friendly competition and see who can do it the fastest!

Budgeting Activities

Budgeting Activities

Activity 1: Fill in the gaps to keep your money safe

Download and print the keeping your money safe activity sheet

Learn the best way to keep your money safe. Fill in the gaps to learn the different ways to store money and then circle the best way to keep your money safe.

Answers

Challenge 1:

  1. GIVE IT TO AN ADULT
  2. IN A WALLET OR PURSE
  3. PIGGY BANK
  4. MONEY BOX
  5. SAFE
  6. BANK OR BUILDING SOCIETY OR CREDIT UNION

Challenge 2:

Answer: BANK OR BUILDING SOCIETY OR CREDIT UNION

Activity 2: Budgeting word search (intermediate)

Download and print the budgeting word search

Complete the word search by finding all of the words located in the word bank. Are you up for the challenge? Make it a friendly competition and see who can do it the fastest!

Activity 3: Budgeting worksheet (wants vs needs)

Download and print the budgeting worksheet

Using various scenarios, work alone or in groups to choose what items to buy based on the budget you are given.