In a world where we spend so much time playing electronic games and/or watching television with little human interaction, normal social development is challenged. Designing and playing your own board game is an opportunity to build friendships with your friends, family or community members through play.

Participants will work to develop these skills, knowledge and attitudes:
•   fine motor skills
•   cooperation skills
•   finding out that there are fun ways to play without using electronic games or watching television
•   artistic skill

•   ¿Illusion? film and/or Internet: Filmography/illusion
•   Plastic bottle caps, paper, and board card that is to be recycled
•   A piece of cardboard approximately 70 cm x 70 cm (from a box to be recycled)
•   Crayons, colour pencils, pen/pencil and markers
•   Scrap paper

   Worksheet 3a – What Is Real? Worksheet 3 - What Is Real?
   Worksheet 3b – Storyboard Worksheet 3b - Storyboard

Preliminary Activity 1

You will need to do three viewings of the movie ¿Illusion?. First, watch the movie start to finish. Second, watch the movie and answer the following questions through whole group discussion. Stop the movie at appropriate times to discuss and answer these questions. View the movie a final time to see if the answers given support what you see.

a)   What images were used as the movie opens? Why?
b)   What emotion/feeling do the images generate in the viewer?
c)   How does the music support the images?
d)   What images were used as the magician comes across the field? Why?
e)   What emotion/feeling does the image of the magician generate in the viewer?
f)   How does his music support his image?
g)   Describe the “kids” after the rabbit is transformed?
h)   What emotion/feeling do the images of these “kids” generate in the viewer?
i)   How does the music support these images?

Preliminary Activity 2

Complete Worksheet 3a – What is real? Discuss what answers you chose, and how/why you think the answer is correct.
Worksheet 3a – What Is Real? Worksheet 3 - What Is Real?

Complete Worksheet 3b – Storyboard, your own storyboard of the movie. Explain to others in your group why you created the images you did. Be sure you explain how your storyboard tells the whole story of the movie.
Worksheet 3b – Storyboard Worksheet 3b - Storyboard

Main Activity

Create your own board game on “commercialism.” Remember the importance of reducing/reusing/recycling as you plan your game. Your board game will be fun to play with family members or classmates. At the same time it will help people learn about the impact of our choices and commercialism.

You and your team will need to work together to create a game that will challenge players. To complete the game, you will need to follow these steps:

Step I
Gather these materials/items before starting to construct/create:
•   Plastic bottle caps, paper, and cardboard that is to be recycled
•   A piece of cardboard approximately 70 cm x 70 cm (from a box to be recycled)
•   Crayons, colour pencils, pen/pencil and markers
•   Scrap paper

Step II
These are the game parts that will need to be created. Divide responsibilities so that all members of your team contribute. These four components (Parts A-D) should be completed simultaneously.

  Part A The Game Board
•   Design the game board on a piece of scrap paper. Think about various board games that you have played. Be creative and use ideas from math as you plan on the scrap paper. Will you use a rectangle, square, triangle, circle or an irregular shape? Once you have consensus, draw the good copy on the cardboard. Use color to highlight and make the game board appealing.
•   Draw the name of the game on the game board. Decorate the board as you see fit; maybe you might use symbols of commercialism, nature and conservation. As you develop the game squares, include ones to the effect: miss your turn, take a short cut, move ahead five spaces, and move back five spaces.

  Part B Game Pieces
•   Look around your home/school/community for items to make game pieces. Items such as plastic bottle caps or part of an egg cartoon can be decorated to reflect the theme of the game. For example, one could be a misguided magician, ecoman, ecowoman, greed, and so on.

  Part C Game Cards
•   Make the game cards. Cut out cards from the scrap paper (8 cm x 6 cm). To make the cards more durable, you can glue the cards on squares of cardboard of the same size. Print, write or type the questions on the paper, with the correct answer at the bottom of the card. On the opposite side you could write the name of the cards; something like “Our Behaviour”, “Conservation” or “Envirnmental Problems.”

Use information from the movie ¿Illusion? on Frédéric Back's website Filmography page. This site web is a phenomenally rich resource containing information and images to use for the questions. Explore and turn the information into questions. Word your questions in a simple and straightforward manner. For example after watching the movie ¿Illusion?, develop the questions on the key concepts.

A person who believes in commercialism wants to ______?
Answers: 1) make money; 2) be funny; 3) be serious; 4) go to school

The magician is best described as ______?
Answers: 1) kind; 2) angry; 3) greedy; 4) rude

What did the magician do to the pet rabbit?
Answers: 1) sold the rabbit; 2) painted the rabbit; 3) changed the rabbit; 4) took the rabbit

Other concepts: society, consumer, strategies, mechanical, incentive, environment, reduce, reuse, recycle, conserve and nature.

Be sure to include fun cards such as “Miss Your Turn,” “Everyone Else Move Back Three Spaces.”

  Part D Directions
•   Print, write or type up the rules/directions. Remember how to write directions, keep them simple, easy to follow, and in logical order to play the game. If you wish, glue them on card stock paper. State how to win the game and how to play.

  Part E Test the Game
•   Try the game out to see if it works.
•  Use another group from your class or community to play the game.
Get the group to write up their comments and tell you if you if need to make changes. Make the necessary changes to improve the game.

Enjoy and good luck!

Follow-up Activity

Play your game with family members, community members, or at school with your friends. Show them, through playing, how the game works. Ask these people to play the game instead of playing their video games or watching television for an hour. After they have played for an hour with their family/friends ask them to report back to you. Use these guiding questions to help your family/friend(s) form their impressions, responses and opinions:

1)   Did you have fun?
2)   Was it different than playing your video game or watching television for an hour?
3)   How does the music support the images?
4)   Do you think people like to play games with other people? Why?


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