Cultural Discussion Puzzles

Use the good old traditional puzzle methodology to start up a discussion about relevant topics related to street life.

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Everything you need to play this game

  • Coloured papers
  • Scissors
  • Pencils or markers

Make it yourself


Step 1

Draw relevant cultural items related to street life
  • Draw a couple of culturally relevant items on a piece of coloured paper with a marker or a pencil (for example animals, house, school, shelter, street, map of your country etc). Make sure the items are relevant to start up a discussion.
  • Cut out the drawings.


Step 2

Turn the drawings into puzzles
  • Divide the drawing in 5 to 10 pieces and cut the drawing into smaller pieces so you get a puzzle you can take with you to the streets.
  • Create 5 up to 10 puzzles so more players can play the game.


Step 3

Optional: increase sustainability
  • Make sure to have a small box with you to take the different puzzles to the streets.
  • Optionally you can laminate the puzzle pieces to increase sustainability.

Good job!

A step-by-step guide to play the game


Gather a group of maximum 5 children in a circle.


Give each child a set of puzzles pieces that is one puzzle. If you create puzzles with a lot of pieces you can also ask multiple children to work together.


The child raises his hand after completing the puzzle. The group waits for everybody to complete their puzzle.


Each child talks about the completed puzzle and gives an interpretation. The street educator can ask additional questions. For example: puzzle of a traditional house versus a modern house:

  • Where do you come from?
  • Did you live in a house like this?
  • Do you prefer to live in a modern house?
  • Do you have a family?
  • Where do they live?
  • How do they earn a living?
  • Do you want a family yourself one day?

The other participants join the discussion before moving on to the next puzzle. After the interpretation of one child, another child can give his/her interpretation before continuing to the next puzzle.


The activity ends when all puzzles are discussed and solved correctly.

Extra game information

This game was co-created by the Ethiopian Mobile School partners Yenege Tesfa and Retrak Ethiopia. It's crucial to select topics and make drawings of relevant cultural objects which are suitable for a discussion with your target group.

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