Just Like Me Memory Game

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The Just Like Me: Memory Game was developed to help children recognize the many similarities they share with other children around the world and express their thoughts and feelings with caregivers and friends. Just Like Me emphasizes our one human family by identifying the many similarities that children share - no matter where they live.


To thank you for your donation to Catholic Relief Services’ orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) programming, we will send you the Just Like Me: Memory Game as a gift. Your generous contribution will help CRS provide holistic support to vulnerable children through one of 30 OVC programs that reach thousands of children each year. One program that will benefit from your donation is THRIVE, an early childhood development program for children affected by HIV. The THRIVE program helps parents and caregivers provide safe and stimulating physical environments that enable children to reach their physical, emotional and intellectual potential.

WHILE PLAYING JUST LIKE ME…

  • A child from Philadelphia can reflect on her connection with a boy from Uganda: "he likes to ride his bike JUST LIKE ME!"
  • A boy from Albuquerque can find solidarity with three girls from Afghanistan.
  • A classroom in Omaha can discover that their feelings are shared by children in South Africa.

For larger donations or for more information on how to receive additional sets of the Just Like Me: Memory Game, please contact CRS’ health unit at [email protected].

To learn more about THRIVE or other CRS programs that support orphans and other vulnerable children, please visit the Research & Publications section of this site.

An ideal activity at home or in school!

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Just Like Me can be incorporated into:

  • a classroom setting to learn about children from other countries, different cultures and world geography
  • a family activity that helps build cultural awareness and self esteem
  • a catechetical/religious education setting to reflect on Catholic teaching about solidarity or Pentecostal reflection on the many languages spoken throughout the world

Just Like Me reflection & activity:

Overview:

This Just Like Me reflection and activity invites young people to consider how we are a part of one human family. This can be used in religious education with elementary school aged children.

Materials:

  • Bible
  • World map (online or hard copy)
  • Just Like Me memory game

Activity:

Read Genesis 1:26-31

Explain:
In this reading from the book of Genesis, we hear that God created human beings in his own image and likeness. If all people are made in the image of God, then all life is sacred and all people should be treated with respect, no matter where they live, what language they speak, or how rich or poor they are. We call this the belief in the God given dignity of the human person.

As our creator, God is our father. This makes us all part of one human family. We call God "Our Father" and pray the Lord’s Prayer at every Mass. The belief that we are all part of one human family is "solidarity."

We will now have a chance to play a game that helps us reflect on what we have in common with our brothers and sisters around the world who we do not know. We believe that all of the children pictured on the cards are our brothers and sisters because they are part of the one human family created by God.

Follow the Just Like Me: Memory Game instructions included with the cards. When everyone has finished playing, invite them back together.

Ask:

  • What were some of the names of your brothers and sisters?
  • What countries are they from? Choose a few of the blue cards and look for the listed countries on a map.
  • What do you have in common with the children whose cards you read?

Explain that the pictures on the cards are of children from countries where CRS actively works. (See the Catholic Relief Services card in the Just Like Me: Memory Game for more information.)

Pray:
Distribute one blue card to each person. Ask each participant to remember the name of the child on the card.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Father of All People, We ask you to help us remember that we are a part of one human family. We pray for all of our brothers and sisters around the world. We pray especially for the children listed on our cards as we say their names now. (Ask each person to say the name of the person listed on their card.) We also pray for all of us gathered here. Help us to always live in a way that respects all members of our human family, wherever they may be. We will close now by praying the prayer that you taught us, as we remember that you are the father of all people. Our Father...