Tolerant sweeties

Includes: Indoors, Equality, World issues

Activity time:
30 mins


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Be 'smarties' about tolerance

Use a much-loved sweet to encourage girls to be inclusive and sensitive.


  1. Ask girls to sit in a circle facing each other.
  2. Give each girl a sweet and ask her to place it carefully under her tongue – she must not chew or swallow it!
  3. Explain that everyone in the circle is unique and that this is what makes them special – in the same way that the sweets are different colours, they are all different characters.
  4. Explain that they are going to work in groups who have the same coloured sweet. Ask them to remove their sweets from their mouths.
  5. The girls should discover that all of the sweets are now the same as the colour should have disappeared!
  6. Explain that although everyone is different on the outside, we are all similar on the inside. We are all human beings with feelings, hopes, dreams and so on.
  7. Ask the girls to list things that everyone has in common. Are there some things that make everyone the same?
  8. Ask the girls to think about how our differences can be acknowledged and celebrated.

Planning checklist

Section Number of girls per adult
Rainbows 5
Brownies 8
Guides 12

How many adults are needed?

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2 adults needed