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Friday, 9 January 2015

Hop-A-Croc Board Game

Advice for Schools

Hop-A-Croc is a child’s version of The Ministry of Defence’s Strategy and Improvement Plan, which underpins the work of the Directorate Children & Young People (DCYP).

Hop-A-Croc is a straight forward board game designed for children aged 6 years of age and above, where players need to cross a river avoiding crocodiles and electric eels.

The cards in the game are based on 5 of the 6 DCYP priority areas (Staying Safe, Exciting Learning, Being Heard, Healthy Lifestyles, Moving and Parents Working Away) and pose questions to be used when an adult is playing along. There are no right or wrong answers and the questions are designed to generate conversation between the players.

Hop-A-Croc aims to help Service children share with their non-Service peers some of their experiences and thoughts; which in turn may help to develop a deeper understanding of issues and challenges frequently faced by Service children, such as moving to a new school or home which happens to some Service children more frequently than their non-Service peers and friends, or how they feel when a parent is working away from home.

When setting up the game, adults are advised (as per the rules) to use their discretion, as they may wish to remove specific cards which might raise feelings of particular concern to children playing along (such as if a parent is going or already away on an operational tour).

Playing card questions have been finalised in partnership with Army, RN and RAF psychology, Welfare, Community Support and Safeguarding teams within the MOD.

Teaching staff at schools where Service and non-Service children are among their pupils, are requested to use the game to provide an opportunity to encourage lively,  friendly conversations in an educational environment, which may lead to a deeper understanding of the challenges which some Service children may experience due to being part of the Armed Forces community.

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