Activities for Kids

Read About Racism

A Kid's Book About Racism by Jelani Memory provides a clear explanation of what racism is and how to know when you see it. Watch and listen at story time on YouTube.

Number Race (Diversity)

Engage your students in anti-bias learning with team-building activities you can use in your classroom by watching this video from Learning for Justice on YouTube.

Explaining Racism & Discrimination

Watch this YouTube video about Racism and Discrimination which states that the sooner we educate our children on the rights and wrongs of racism and discrimination, then the sooner we can reach an equal, fair, socially just society.

Ted Talk: Cole Blakeway

We are all different, and that's awesome!

In a world that gravitates to being the same, Cole Blakeway reminds us that we are all different and that's awesome! Watch his official Ted Talk or watch it on YouTube

Untangle Racism

Take out some string and have your child loop it with your hands together with their hands. Then talk about the fact that racism and oppression and discrimination have been building up for a long time. It is really tangles and layered, and what it will take to untangle the string and untangle racism. Each suggestion, untie a knot. Remember that even if we get on knot out, there will be more left and we must keep working at it.

Start a Discussion

Racism is Mean

Start a discussion about how racism is one of the worst kinds of mean someone can be. You may also discuss how being different means we have so much to offer each other. Diversity, help, ideas, strength, respect, perspective, knowledge, creativity, patience, understanding, life, community.

Testimonials

"The F.A.N. Club puppets teach you stuff that is important, like not to bully."
– David, 7

"I like the F.A.N. Club puppets because they are so big and they act just like us. I like the F.A.N. Club puppets because they are so big and they act just like us. I like the F.A.N. Club puppets because they are so big and they act just like us. I like the F.A.N. Club puppets because they are so big and they act just like us."
– Alexis, 9

"Every time we heard the F.A.N. Club was coming, we knew it was going to be a good day!"
– Callum H.

"After all these years, I still sing the Friends and Neighbours Club them song, and now my kids sing along with me."
– Erin W., a former student.

"As an educator, I looked forward to F.A.N. Club presentation. Why? Because not only did it meet the educational requirements with the Ontario mandated curriculum, but it also gave my students the opportunity to talk freely about the issues discussed."
– Liz M.

"I loved seeing my child’s face light up when the F.A.N. Club came to visit."
– A grateful parent

My children are all grown now, but I wish that when they were in school, they had had access to something like the F.A.N. Club. It deals with many of the hard issues that young people experience while growing up in a very age-appropriate and relatable way. The F.A.N. Club helps them to learn coping strategies and the correct words to help them express themselves and navigate their way through some pretty tough situations. I have a daughter with severe anxiety and I know she would have benefited from a program like this when she was younger.
– Jan Watkins

I remember the F.A.N club bringing to life topics that were sometimes difficult for kids to talk about. The skits related to real-life situations children and their families would be dealing with and sometimes not talked about. The puppets/puppeteers broke down those barriers for kids where they could feel safe to ask questions and be entertained at the same time.
– Sharon Neff