What you might need to know

  • This lesson is really fun and the kids enjoy it immensely.
    We get them to reflect on how easy or difficult and what it takes to make decisions when there are 27 around the table. How can you reach a consensus?
  • Just asking them the question whether all 27 of them would be able to agree on the same movie to watch usually gets them talking.
  • To take a little bit of time looking at countries’ individual interests, we use The Day the Crayons Quit.
  • We start by asking the children to think about the parallel with the EU while we read the story.
  • Reading this book, page after page, gets the children to see that each crayon has a specific complaint or request.
  • By the end of the book, we ask the children to explain what kind of parallels they see with the European Union. They usually come up with lots of great ideas.
    We finish the lesson by asking them to colour an A3 sheet in groups of 6, where everyone has to agree on the colours picked.
  • I can tell you that I had a live Brexit situation where a child and his group absolutely refused to compromise on brown to colour a flower. The child demanded his own sheet. I gave it to him. But by the end he complained he hadn’t done as much as the others who had worked together. Brexit in a nutshell!!