Global Learning London

Clothes – Activities

Activities: Quick, little preparation required

Where are our clothes from?
Ask the children to look at the labels in their clothes and see where they were made. If your learners wear school uniform or the countries of origin are limited, provide a bag of clothes with a range of countries on the labels. Find the countries on a world map and record the origins of the clothes in your classroom.

Introduce your class to the Fairtrade logo and its meanings.  See for more information.  Ask learners to design their own logo for a fairly traded product.

Quick Maths

Calculate the answers to the following problems:

  • If Ann bought her t-shirt for £5 and wore it twice before sending it to the re-cycling bank, how much did each wear of the t-shirt cost her?
  • Carlos is saving up for a pair of jeans he really wants.  The jeans cost £45.50 and he can save £3.50 a week.  How long until he can afford to buy the jeans?
  • Sharifa bought a jacket for £55 and has worn it every day for the month of April.  First find out how many days April has and then find out how much each wear of her jacket has cost Sharifa.
  • Harry has to decide which shirt to buy – an ordinary one for £6.25 or a fair-trade one for £8.99.  What is the difference in price?
  • Ahmed bought his t-shirt for £10 and he wears it every Saturday for a year (it is his favourite!) How much did each wear of the t-shirt cost him?

A stitch in time….
Teach the children to thread a needle and mend a simple hole in a garment, or sew on a patch.  It doesn’t have to be invisible – you can set it off in a contrasting thread colour.

Hard sell?
Analyse the message in a clothing advert.  What words, pictures or images are used to make the consumer want to buy the item?