The Race Against Anger

September 1, 2020

To illuminate this period of social distancing and offer you meaningful activities, Equitas has adapted some of its activities to respect physical distancing measures.

Here is the online version of ‘The race against Anger’, drawn from ‘Play It Fair’ guide.

· Age: 9+

· Time: 15-25 min

· Purpose: To experience teamwork in a safe, physically-distant manner while thinking about how we can deal with anger, and how we can resolve problems peacefully.

You can download the instructions of this activity as a PDF to share it more easily by clicking here.


  • 1 piece of paper and 1 pencil for each participant.
  • Objects for the obstacle course you will create.

How to Play:

  1. Introduce the game by talking briefly about anger with the children.
  2. Now, ask the children to think of a way or a trick to avoid expressing their anger violently. For example, they could talk to a friend, take deep breaths, or go for a bicycle ride. Ask them not to say their idea out loud right away, because they will need it for the game.
  3. Create 2 identical obstacle courses using the objects available. Tasks you create for the obstacle race should be easy to do but require no touching of equipment. This could include tasks such as hopping on one foot, doing jumping jacks, spinning in a circle, standing on a piece of paper for 10 seconds, reciting a human right etc.
  4. The last task in the obstacle course is to have the children write their ideas to help them calm down when they are upset and to help avoid aggression and violence. They must do so using their own piece of paper with their own writing equipment. To ensure that children are only touching their own equipment make sure you get them to write their names on their piece of paper before doing this activity, place their writing tool on that piece of paper, and have them arrange the papers side by side in an organised manner so they can clearly see it when they get to the that part of the obstacle course.
  5. To begin the game, set up 2 teams.
  6. As in any relay race, all the players in the race go through the obstacle course 1 at a time. When they complete the course, children should yell ‘Go (name of the next participant)!’ to indicate to the next participant that it is time for the next player to begin. Depending on how many participants are playing, the players can do the course more than once.
  7. If children are not familiar with each other, it may be good to do an activity before this one to ensure that they at least know each other’s names.
  8. Ask the children to encourage their team members while they’re doing the course.
  9. The first team whose members complete the course win the race.

Group discussion:

Feel :

1. How do you like the game?

2. What was the hardest part? What was the easiest part?

3. Did you feel safe doing this activity while physically distancing?


1. Is it normal to be angry?

2. What are some signs of anger? How does your body react?

3. Did you learn new ways of dealing with anger? Refer to the children’s lists of ideas and discuss this together.

4. Why is it important to deal with anger?


1. What can we do together to deal with anger when we feel it or see it in our group?

Human rights education for building welcoming and inclusive spaces.

This activity uses our 3-step participatory approach to promote learning about human rights and human rights values leading to action:

  1. Children and youth participate in activities that promote learning about human rights and human rights values (e.g. inclusion, respect for diversity, responsibility).
  2. Children and youth discuss how an activity made them feel, what it made them think about, and what they can change (act) in their own attitudes and behaviours and those of their peers.
  3. Together children and youth take action to promote respect for human rights values and children’s rights, and greater understanding, acceptance and inclusion in their classrooms, school playgrounds and communities.

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