The Paper Bag Game
An interactive game that gives an insight into what life is like for poor people who are trying to earn a living. The game focuses on children living in poverty in India. It challenges young people to find out if they could survive on the streets of Kolkata
Publisher: Christian Aid
Country of Origin: England
Keywords: Christian Aid, Poverty, Child labour, India, Simulation Game, Youth group, 9-11 Years, 11-18 Years
Target Audience: 12-15 Years 16+ years Adult and Community Settings Higher Education Junior Cycle Senior Cycle Transition Year Youth Groups
Curriculum Subjects: Business Studies Civic Social and Political Education Economics Geography Mathematics Religious Education
Available Formats: Activity Pack Game Powerpoint Website
The game comes in separate downloads from the Christian Aid website, which are made available here:
The objectives of the Paper Bag Game are to help young people to explore some of the issues around child labour in India and to understand some of the pressures of trying to survive in an economy with massive unemployment and no social security. It challenges young people to question our own use of the world’s resources and how global economic systems exploit vulnerable communities.
The website includes how to play the game, instructions for making the bag, a powerpoint presentation of the game, additional information on child labour and suggested follow-on activities with a particular focus on religious education.