Activity: Four Bottles of Basic Human Needs

The purpose of this activity is for children to determine their basic needs.


Activity overview

This activity is meant to help children to determine:

  • their basic needs
  • how much they really need
  • how much they are getting

Basic human needs have been described but the 4 most common are:

  • love/belonging
  • personal power or mastery
  • freedom
  • fun

In this activity, children fill cups with coloured water to show the level of their needs. What matters to the assessment is not how full each glass is poured, but rather the disparity between the 2. According to Basic Needs theory, the greater the difference between the 2 quantities, the more extreme the behaviours are expected to be.

Activity instructions

Refer to the worksheet for further instructions.

Modified: 2015-09-09
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