Tool "Missing Puzzle"

Language: English

Participants make a puzzle and learn about structural discrimination on the basis of sexuality through thinking about the situation of different families.

Time 60 minutes
Approximate number of participants 12-30
Age under 10, 10-15
Date published 9 Dec 2011, 15:27


To raise awareness of structural discrimination based on sexuality</p.

To better understand the impact of structural discrimination on families


Copies of the family descriptions (appendix I). Copy or write each on a piece of different coloured paper,corresponding to the colour of the puzzle pieces.
A copy of the rainbow puzzle (appendix III) cut out. If you cannot copy in colour,
copy and colour the back of the pieces in rainbow colours with pens/pencils

Step-by-step instructions

1. Divide people into six groups and give each group a family description and puzzle pieces in the same colour (they should not share this with others yet).

2. Ask the groups to imagine the lives of their families:

Which country do they live in?

What kind of house do they live in?

What do they like to do?

3. Explain that all groups will build a rainbow puzzle together. Read out the statements one-by-one (appendix II). The groups should think whether they can answer each statement with yes or no for their family. If they can answer it with yes, they can add one of their puzzle pieces to the common puzzle (put together the common puzzle in the middle of their circle so that all small groups can see it).

4. After reading out each statement, take a look at the puzzle together and see which pieces are missing.

5. Ask the children to try to guess what kind of families the other groups are part of. Then reveal the descriptions.


Did you feel comfortable in your group? Why (not)?

How did it feel to not be able to contribute to the puzzle all the time?

How did it feel for the others to see that some cannot contribute?

Do you know real situations like the ones described? Do you think they are realistic?

Have you ever noticed in real life that ‘puzzle pieces’ are missing?

Do you know any families that are discriminated against because of who is in their family?

What kind of difficulties do they face?

What needs to change so that all pieces can fit into the puzzle?

Attached files