Resources and activities
The resources below are intended for teachers, parents, other youth leaders and student groups to use with youth.
Grants and awards
With State Farm’s support, Habitat for Humanity International offers grants and awards to qualified affiliates, Youth United groups and campus chapters throughout the year. Eligible groups are encouraged to learn more about the following grants and are invited to apply.
- Campus chapter matching grant
- Youth United matching grant
- Disaster Services affiliate and student group grant
Individual or group games and activities
Build a model Habitat for Humanity house
Build a model Habitat for Humanity two-bedroom house using this free downloadable activity and an empty cereal box.
Card creation kit
Young people can use the resources in this kit to make cards for donors, homeowners and volunteers.
Habitat for Humanity Bingo features tools for a fun twist on a classic game.
Habitat gingerbread house
Construct an edible gingerbread house and learn about simple, decent housing.
Hands-on building activities for youth
Do you have youth under age 16 who want to do some hands-on building? Check out these step-by-step directions for individuals or groups to do with the help of an adult.
Our Green Build site will help you learn more about issues of sustainability. Find an interactive house to help you understand aspects of green building, resources and a checklist of things that can make your house more earth-friendly.
Partner family scrapbook
Put your creativity to work by creating a scrapbooking of a family’s journey to homeownership!
Act as an affiliate (.pdf)
Groups of teens role-play as Habitat affiliates who must obtain all the necessary things to build a Habitat for Humanity home.
Build a house of people. The concept of many people contributing to building a house will spark a great discussion.
Seeds of the future
Youth can use this guide to grow and provide plants for local Habitat for Humanity homeowners or for a special community destination. It is a fun process that promotes responsibility and develops “green thumbs.”
Welcome home housing simulation
Using the welcome home housing simulation, groups of teens role-play as homeless individuals who must seek adequate and affordable housing in relation to their different situations. Participants learn about different aspects of housing assistance, such as applying for a lease and Section 8.
Global Village & Discovery Center
Discover the world of Habitat for Humanity in Americus, Georgia, at the Global Village & Discovery Center. To discuss how the Global Village & Discovery Center can be used in teachers’ lesson plans and as part of the Georgia Performance Standards, email GV&DC at email@example.com or call 1-800-HABITAT, ext. 7937.
Lesson plans and programs
Teach students about housing issues around the world with complete classroom lesson sets. Lessons in a variety of subjects are included for elementary, middle and high school students.
In these activities, youth learn about sacrifice, service and what it means to focus on more than our differences.
Martin Luther King, Jr. activities
Activities based on the writing and ideas of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Youth group activities
Youth and service groups can use these activities to learn about global housing needs and to develop an understanding of the role they play in their own communities.
The Advocacy Book: Poverty Housing
A lesson plan and interactive coloring book for children ages 5 to 8. The book raises students’ awareness of poverty and poverty housing on a youth-focused level at which they can relate.
Educational Activity Guide (.pdf)
The Educational Activity Guide provides new opportunities for young people in the Habitat community to learn more about our ministry and how they can impact the world. Find detailed instructions for a variety of discussions and activities that explore leadership, teamwork, poverty and diversity in relationship to Habitat for Humanity, and use the “Act as an Affiliate” activity to explore how Habitat serves communities.
Helping Hands for Habitat (.pdf)
A service-learning program designed for students of all ages. The program challenges youth to raise money for their local Habitat for Humanity affiliate.
Paper House Campaign
Children of all ages can speak out against substandard housing. The Paper House Campaign lets youth as young as 5 communicate their concerns to their local lawmakers.
Service Learning Guide (.pdf)
Habitat for Humanity is an excellent way to get your classroom involved in a service learning activity. Our Service Learning Guide can give you some tips on working with your local affiliate to set up a service learning project with Habitat for Humanity.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.