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matthew
29th April 2020

Activities for ages 4 - 10

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 4 - 10 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

Consumer Rights Activities

Consumer Rights Activities

Create your own 'Consumer Rights' bunting

Download the bunting starter kit

With the help of a parent or guardian, cut out the shapes and colour them in. Get creative! When you're done hang your bunting around the house or down your stairs.

As a bonus challenge, be sure to use recycled materials to make your bunting eg wrapper paper, empty cereal boxes etc.

Learn to draw Peanut the Squirrel

Download the Peanut activity sheet

Either download and print the activity sheet, or have the image open on your screen and try to draw Peanut on a blank sheet of paper for a tougher challenge.

Colouring Sheet 1: Your consumer rights hero

Download and print the Peanut colouring sheet

Colour in Peanut the Squirrel, your friendly consumer rights hero, using pens, pencils or crayons. In fact, why not try a combination of all 3?

Colouring Sheet 2: Got a complaint?

Download and print the got a complaint? colouring sheet

The Consumer Council handles complaints about buses, trains, planes, ferries, natural gas, electricity, coal, water and postal services.

Are you able to colour in some of the areas we cover?

Colouring Sheets 3-10: Peanut the Squirrel out and about

Peanut the Squirrel has been travelling across Northern Ireland to make sure that everyone's consumer rights are protected. On each sheet, colour in Peanut and the scenery to complete the image.

3. Giant's Causeway (Bushmills, County Antrim)

Download and print the Giant's Causeway colouring sheet

4. Harland & Wolff (Titanic Quarter, Belfast)

Download and print the Titanic Quarter colouring sheet

5. The Guildhall (Derry/Londonderry)

Download and print the Guildhall colouring sheet

6. Peace Bridge (Derry/Londonderry)

Download and print the Peace Bridge colouring sheet

7. Castle Ward (Downpatrick, Country Down)

Download and print the Castle Ward colouring sheet

8. Cuilcagh Legnabrocky Trail aka the 'Stairway to Heaven' (Enniskillen, County Fermanagh)

Download and print the Stairway to Heaven colouring sheet

9. Armagh Observatory and Planetarium (Armagh, County Armagh)

Download and print the Armagh Observatory and Planetarium colouring sheet

10. Ulster American Folk Park (Omagh, County Tyrone)

Download and print the Ulster American Folk Park colouring sheet

Avoiding Scams Activities

Avoiding Scams Activities

Activity 1: Scam word search (beginner)

Download and print the scam word search

Complete the word search by finding all of the scam-related words located in the word bank. Make it a friendly competition and see who can do it the fastest!

Colouring Sheet 1: Types of scams

Download and print the types of scams colouring sheet

Identify the main types of scams and colour each scam in.

Colouring Sheet 2: SCAM test

Download and print the SCAM Test colouring sheet

Colour in the poster to illustrate the four steps in the scam test.

Budgeting Activities

Budgeting Activities

Create your own 'Budgeting' bunting

Download the bunting starter kit

With the help of a parent or guardian, cut out the shapes and colour them in. Get creative! When you're done hang your bunting around the house or down your stairs.

As a bonus challenge, be sure to use recycled materials to make your bunting eg wrapper paper, empty cereal boxes etc.

Colouring Sheet 1: Budgeting

Download and print the budgeting colouring sheet

Colour in these money related icons.

Activity 1: Cash is not the only way to pay

Download the activity sheet

Some methods of paying for things are more suitable than others depending on what you buy. You can play this game on your computer/phone or you can print the sheet and move the items around to make it harder for each player.

The game can be played alone or in teams.

Examples of payment methods:

  • Debit or credit card
  • Cheque
  • In-game purchases
  • Biometric/Fingerprint scanning
  • Pre-paid online money card
  • Vouchers
  • Mobile app
  • Savings cards

Activity 2: Where does our money come from?

Download the activity sheet

Think of examples where money comes from, write them on the coins and put them in Peanut's purse.

The game can be played alone or in teams.

Examples:

  • Pocket Money
  • Chores
  • Pension
  • Wages
  • Benefits
  • Having a boot sale
  • Birthday Money
  • Savings

Activity 3: Wants and needs

Download the wants and needs activity sheet

Put the items into one of three piles:

  • Wants
  • Needs
  • I don't know

Activity 4: Peanut's birthday

Download the peanut's birthday activity sheet

It's Peanut's birthday and you have a £10 budget. How will you spend your budget to get items for Peanut's party?