Life Cycle

Talk about the differences and similarities between boys' and girls' bodies throughout development with this fun game board.

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The players place the different pictures in the right developmental order. They do this by writing down the numbers next to the game board on a piece of a paper, a blackboard,...


Start a conversation to guide the process. Suggested questions:

  • Do boys and girls go through the same stages of development?
  • Which secondary sexual characteristics are developed by boys/girls and when does this happen?
  • Does it happen to everyone at the same time or are there differences? 
  • ...

End the game by letting the players reflect on their own life cycle and the phase they are in now. 

Extra game information

This activity is a part of the StreetSmart sexuality package. The package aims to give youth workers the tools they need to address the topic of sexuality in a playful way with the children and young people they work with, so they can learn to make conscious, healthy and respectful decisions.


Sexuality is a very broad term, encompassing various subtopics. Here, you can find a list of all activities included in our sexuality package to address these different topics:

  1. Sexuality in general: The Sex Alphabet, The Sexuality Goose Game, Yes or No Circle, Sexuality Statement Game
  2. Body (development): Anatomy fundamentals, Who has what?, Physical changes in puberty, Emotional changes in puberty, Life Cycle
  3. Boundaries: Stop!, People to People, Kiss the Teddy Bear, Body Carrousel, (Not) Okay?, Body Twister 
  4. Relationships: Choose Your Relationship, My Ideal Partner, In The Worst Way Possible
  5. Gender & sexual orientation: Labels, Sex Change, Who does what?
  6. Safe sex: The Synonym Game, Condom Smugglers, Goodie Bag, STD-Roulette, Can I get pregnant?
  7. Sex & media: Who is responsible?


  • Competition: This game can be played as an introduction to the activity with the Life Cycle game board or you can ask the players to first look at the game board and then play this game. Divide the players into different teams. The teams get 3 minutes to write down as many changes in the bodies of girls and boys throughout development as possible. When the time is up, go over all the changes that were written down. The team who wrote down the most correct answers wins. Reflect on the activity by asking questions such as: Does this change happen in the body of boys, girls or both? When do you think these changes happen? Do you already notice changes in your own body? Can you talk to someone about it? etc.
  • Quiz: Organise a quiz: ask questions related to the development of a boy and a girl. The player who answers correctly, gets a point. 

Specific learning objectives

  • Dare to talk about changes happening in your/other's bodies.
  • Learn to describe every life phase from baby to adulthood.
  • Learn to describe the differences between changes in a boy's and a girl's body.

What people said about this game

Lies De Vocht

Content & Communication Officer StreetwiZe • Mobile School BE

20 August, 2019


I really like this game to talk about the development of children into adulthood. Also the drawings are really appealing.

Vicky Konstantinidou

Project Coordinator Ladies Union of Drama GR

22 August, 2019


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