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This card game helps us understand how we can use data to challenge our assumptions about our communities and cities. It works best with a small group of children or a family.

The activity uses data and examples provided by Gapminder 

  1. Give the country cards and the world map to the group.
  2. Ask the group to arrange the country cards according to the
    development level of the countries. Part of this task is to consider what is meant by development level and what information you might need to decide on the development level. The older the group the more criteria likely to be considered when thinking about development level. The group can use the world map locate the countries and see if that helps them decide on the development level.
  3. After the group have decided how they want to arrange the cards ask them to talk through their approach. Does their way of sorting the countries reflect what they think the incomes of the countries are? Health? Development, something more more vague?
  4. Provide a copy of the  World Data Chart. Explain the graph; each bubble is a country, the size of the bubble is the population, the colour the continent, the Y-axis is the life expectancy (i.e. health) and the X-axis is income per person.
  5. Find each of the countries on the cards on the data chart. Make sure they keep the order of the cards they previous arranged.
  6. Compare the sorted cards with the data chart, are there any differences? What surprises you most about the data chart?

This is a great task for comparing what we think we know with data and facts. Almost everyone discovers that they are not aware of some global facts. You can have fun checking your assumptions with the Gapminder Challenge (more suited to children 10+)

You can use Gapminder’s Dollar Street to learn more about how people in different countries live. This can be a fun group or family discussion. Younger children will need help with reading but the discussion points are great for everyone. There is also a video that explains more about Dollar Street