Games, Sustainable Cities

What makes the city friendly?

We already know the concept of a “sustainable city” (for a reminder, you can check here). Today we will learn to recognize which factors, objects or actions make the city friendly to people and the environment.


  • a board showing a friendly and unfriendly city from attachment 15.1
  • printed and cut out elements from attachment 15.2 (or shown as a presentation)
  • story “A friendly city” from the book “Safe houses — Friendly cities”.


Before class, print out and laminate the boards from attachment 15.1 which represent a friendly (sustainable) and unfriendly (unsustainable) city. Pin them to a board, door or wall. Do the same with attachment 15.2 — the elements which influence life in the city. Stick a double-sided tape or double-sided sticky foam cubes on the bottom.

Ask the children to sit in a semicircle, not far from the 2 city boards. Start the game by discussing the two boards and comparing them.

Examples of questions for the children:

  • What city would you want to live in? Why?
  • What do you like in the first board?
  • What do you dislike about the second board?


After a short introduction, carry on with the game. Draw a card and ask the children what is depicted on it. Ask them to say whether the presented object or action improves or deteriorates the living conditions in the city. The selected child sticks the drawn card to the board 1 or 2.

At the end of the lesson, summarise which illustrations were attached to the friendly city and which to the unfriendly one. The children should create their own description of the sustainable city, which is a city friendly for both the environment and people. Once every child has expressed their opinion, we encourage you to read out the story “A friendly city” and find out, together with the children, whether Tola, Pola and Rascal went to a truly friendly city.


To the board with the SUSTAINABLE CITY they should attach:

  • waste segregation bins
  • solar panels
  • museum
  • school
  • bicycle
  • park
  • windmill
  • children holding hands
  • doctor
  • rainwater barrel
  • wheelchair ramp
  • bus
  • moose footbridge.

To the board with the UNSUSTAINABLE CITY they should attach:

  • a passenger car
  • an elderly lady standing in front of steep stairs (as an obstacle preventing people with physical disabilities from moving around freely)
  • smoke from chimneys
  • children not playing together
  • rubbish burning.
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