On the day, the countries set up their displays, and prepared to deliver short promotional talks about why other countries should trade with them. Then, all the countries started buying and selling their imports and exports with other countries. In the pictures you'll notice 2D shapes. Each shape represented a different unit of commodity. For example, pink circles represented petroleum products.
To make the activity more interesting we provided an IMF table for countries which ran out of money too early, a WTO desk for countries which had a disagreement and a set of crisis which meant some countries had to stop trading for 3 minutes.
It was great fun, and LOUD! All th children enjoyed the experience and we had soem great reflective discussions afterward.
What did you learn from Trade Day?
What things did a country need to do to be successful?