Guy Fawkes Activities & Games for Kids

Instructor: Tammy Galloway

Tammy teaches business courses at the post-secondary and secondary level and has a master's of business administration in finance.

Depending on who you ask, Guy Fawkes was a martyr or a rebel. Students will learn more about Guy Fawkes in these activities while enhancing their conflict resolution and geography skills.

Guy Fawkes Activities

Guy Fawkes created an uprising against British rule for religious freedom. However, his plan was foiled, and he was later killed. Londoners used Fawkes's death as an example to eliminate naysayers against the Anglican Church. These activities expand students' knowledge of Guy Fawkes and encourage them to explore alternatives to conflict.

Guy Fawkes: Friend or Foe?

Guy Fawkes was a martyr to some and a traitor to others. In this activity, ask your students to write a rhyme in support of or against Guy Fawkes's beliefs.

Materials

  • Plastic folders
  • Paint pens
  • Scratch paper

Instructions

  • Prior to this activity, cut each side of each plastic folder away from the brackets to make two plastic sheets.
  • Start the activity by dividing the class into two groups: one for Guy and one against Guy, then pair off the students within each group.
  • Give each pair a piece of scratch paper, one plastic sheet and paint pens.
  • Now, explain these instructions to your students:
    • Use the scratch paper to write down five characteristics of Guy Fawkes based on your group's opinion of him.
    • Create a rhyme using these characteristics, and write it on the back of the scratch paper. Depending on the age of your students, you might set parameters for these rhymes. For example, you could have them write haikus or sonnets.
    • Write the rhyme on the plastic sheet using the paint pens and decorate as desired.
  • Allow pairs to read their rhyme and showcase their project to the rest of the class.

Peaceful Resolution Game

Peaceful demonstrations are the most advantageous methods for voicing opinions and solving conflicts. Guy Fawkes obviously felt differently. What if he had tried to resolve the religious battle in England peacefully? Students will explore these alternatives in the following activity.

Materials

  • Brown curly wig
  • A class set of wooden peace signs
  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Plastic container

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