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Jelly Baby Geography


Reproduced with permission. Source: Atkins, R. & Dimberline, A. (2004) 'Population jelly babies', Teaching Geography, 29, 1, pp. 27-28.

Geography Starter


Wash your hands
It doesn't have to be Jelly Babies - Smarties work well too - a tube of Smarties is a country's population - just take out the colours you don't need and put them in a pot for the 'winner'?
Geography Activities



Get into a group of six people.

You each represent a different country. Give your country a name. Number the countries from 1 to 6.

Divide the sweets up randomly between the group so that each person has the same number of sweets, or have a packet of sweets per person. Leave at least twelve in the central dish. DO NOT EAT ANY OF THE SWEETS - THEY ARE YOUR POPULATION.

The sweets represent your population. Make a note of your population structure.

Blue - Male Adults
Orange - Female Adults
Red - Male Children
Yellow - Female Children
Green - People aged over 65
Pink - Ethnic Minorities

Shuffle the chance cards Geography Resources and put them in the middle of the table.

Each country takes it in turn to take a card from the top of the pile. You must carry out whatever instructions are on the cards. If you lose any of your population DO NOT EAT THEM! Put them back into the central dish.

You will be told when the game ends - how will you decide which country is the 'winner'?

Jelly Baby Geography Chance Cards
Geography Review



After you have finished the game and have completed your worksheets consider the following questions as a class?

  • Which scenarios changed the birth rate?
  • Which scenarios changed the death rate?
  • Which scenarios changed the migration rate?
  • Which scenarios were push factors of migration?
  • Which scenarios were pull factors of migration?

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