Children want to have fun!
Parents want children to learn something!…..
Rhino parents need humans to save them and their calves!
Get ready for some fun and learning with games and activities for children. Most can be made simpler or more complex as your children may need.
You’ll find some are adaptations of very familiar games while others will be new and specific to help your child(ren) learn more about rhinos.
[Click here for the ‘Save the Rhino’ Kids’ Party Kit details/instructions]
Print off enough Rhino Bucks so that the children can earn or win these for each game. Decide ahead of time how many you are going to handout because at the end of the activity you will be making a donation to NIKELA’s Save the Last Rhino or Stop the Rhino Poachers.
Activities to Choose From
- Write a Letter to President Zuma (or drawing)
- How does the Rhino…
- Rhino Rescue (like an Easter egg hunt)
- Photo Safari (form of scavenger hunt)
- Poacher in the Dark (like Murder in the Dark)
- Freeze the Poacher (form of Freeze Tag)
>>> Scroll down for details of each activity<<<
1. Write a letter to President Zuma
[Younger children can draw pictures]
Can a handful of letters make a difference? When you add them to the thousands that two youngsters in Georgia have collected, they really can! This brother and sister team, Carter and Olivia, started a letter writing campaign to the President of South Africa, petitioning him to do more to save the Rhino from the poachers that are killing almost three every day to steal their horn.
A few years back Jim Ries helped his children, Olivia and Carter, start One More Generation, a nonprofit to help save endangered wildlife species.
Your letters will be added to the thousands Carter and Olivia have collected so far. Their dream is to personally present them to the President of South Africa. In the meantime the letters are being shared and used to spread awareness.
Although this is a very serious situation, make this activity fun for the children.
Provide your little letter writers with all kinds of art supplies to make these letters stand out and enjoyable to make. They can include drawings as well as a short letter explaining why President Zuma (South Africa) should do all he can to stop the poachers from killing the rhino.
For extra umph! take photos, video clips and send them to us. (We’ll use them to encourage other parents and their children to have a Save the Rhino Party.)
Whichever is most convenient:
Either scan and email the letters to us (we’ll forward them to Olivia and Carter)
Stuff them in a large envelope and mail them to us (we’ll forward them on.)NIKELA Save the Rhino Party 112 Rainbow Dr. #1233 Livingston TX 77399
We look forward to receiving your letters and drawings, so do Olivia and Carter.
2. How Does a Rhino…
Although rhinos see, smell, hear and taste like we do their ability to do so varies greatly. One sense in particular leaves them very vulnerable to poachers. By the end of the activity the children should be able to understand which one.
Before the party:
Use tape and make a square for all the kids to stand in.
Make a smaller square 3 meters (10 feet is good) away.
Take a brightly colored poster board and post it visibly ¼ mile (across the yard will work) away .
Take a ruler and mark off 50mm (3/8″) on it.
Collect a pile of twigs, leaves, and sticks.
Cut out the bottom of 2 plastic cups (if you like make 2 for each child.)
Read the Fun Fact sheet about the rhino’s 5 senses and include a copy for each child in their goodie bag.
At the party:
Have each child stand in the big square
Go stand in the smaller square, and explain that Rhinos wouldn’t be able to tell if you were a tree or a person.
Point at the poster board. Tell them, that Rhinos can smell things from that far away.
Open a bottle of pine sol, or something else with a strong odor, and see how far away they can smell it.
Show the kids the ruler, and explain that a rhino’s skin is that thick in some places!
Ask the kids if they want to eat any of the leaves or twigs in your pile, explain this is what rhinos eat
Take the two cups and put them up to your ear. Explain that this is how rhinos ears work
let them all try it on for size.
At the end of the activities have the children vote which sense makes the rhino vulnerable to poachers.
The answer: Its limited eyesight. Poachers know this and shine bright lights in its face to confuse it.
3. Rhino Rescue
Think Easter Egg Hunt.
1 Either buy or make at least 5 rhinos per child. This doesn’t have to be difficult or too detailed. You could take tin foil and roll it up into “rhino balls” to keep it simple! Another idea would be Easter eggs with little printed out rhinos taped on.
Hide the “rhinos” just as you would Easter eggs at an Easter egg hunt. Do this ahead of time in an area that the kids won’t see until this activity, or distracting them with one activity while another adult sets this up right before they get to hunt.
Explain that in real life, there are many poachers that try to hurt the rhino for it’s horn, and their job is to find and save the rhinos before the poachers get to them!
Let them loose! An added variation to this game would to make some poachers for them to capture as well, or have them only capturing the poachers.
4. Photo Safari
This is like a scavenger hunt. You’ll need either inexpensive digital cameras or SMART phones.
Here are some suggestions of what you could have on the photo scavenger hunt list (allow a lot of creativity in their answers:)
Something rhinos eat
Somewhere a rhino could hide
Something rhinos drink
Something as hard as a rhino’s horn
Something as big as a rhino
Someone who cares about rhinos
Something the color of a rhino
Something endangered in your “habitat”
Three things that start with the letter “R”
Something that rhymes with “Rhino”
5. Poacher in the dark
Have all the kids sit in a circle.
Hand each of them a folded piece of paper. Each paper should have a P, R, or D on it. If their piece of paper says P on it, they are a Poacher. If it has an R on it, they are a Rhino. If it has a D on it, they are the Drone Airplane Operator.
The kids should look at their papers, but not tell anyone else what they are. Once everyone knows who they are this round.
Have all the kids close their eyes.
Then tell only the Poachers to open their eyes. They can quietly point to choose any of the children with their eyes closed to “kill.” Once they have chosen their victim, you instruct the Poachers to close their eyes.
Then you ask the Drone Operators to open their eyes. They can quietly choose one person in the circle for you to identify as Poacher or Rhino.
Then you instruct them to close their eyes. You then tell everyone which child has been killed, and they tell the group if they were a Drone Operator or a Rhino.
At this time, all of the kids with their eyes open debate who the Poachers might be. Remember, even the secret Poachers are in on the debate!!
Together, the kids vote one child to to removed from the game, and this child will identify themselves as Poacher, Rhino, or Drone Operator. You keep playing these rounds until either all the Poachers have been removed, or all the Drone Operators have been killed.
Whoever is left is the winner.
6. Freeze the Poachers
Select a few kids to be Drone Operators. All the rest of the kids are Poachers. The Drone Operators chase the Poachers. If they tag them, they freeze them until another Poacher tags them and unfreeze them. The game ends when all of the Poachers are successfully frozen.
Alternative Version- When the Poachers get frozen, they turn into Drone Operators, and help tag the remaining Poachers.
ENJOY! Thanks for joining us in helping save the rhino from extinction.
Have questions or suggestions? Please contact us.