RSE Day 2022: Celebrating differences – everyone can sparkle!

RSE Day is a day to celebrate great Relationships and Sex Education in schools and other settings.  RSE Day takes place on the last Thursday in June each year and is on Thursday 30 June in 2022.

This year's theme is Everyone can Sparkle.

Below are some ideas and activities to help all your children sparkle! Lots of these activities use Rob Biddulph’s book, ‘Odd dog out’ as a starting point. It's a brilliant book to celebrate RSE day and celebrate differences.   

We've grouped the activities by age, but feel free to use them flexibly, to meet your children's needs. 

If you don't have a copy of the book in school then click on this link to the CBeebies version.


Sparkly sand, sparkly water!

Provide sand, water and salt dough, each with glitter added, for children to explore.

Design a dog

Using the template of sausage dog (click here to open link to this) children design their own ‘Odd Dog Out’.

Dough dogs

Create salt dough sausage dogs, each wearing a scarf. Here's a great recipe for DIY salt dough.


How we sparkle!

First create the letters of the word ‘sparkle’. Then using star-shaped pieces of paper or card, children draw themselves or write words connected to how they sparkle, glue these stars to the letters so they create the shape of each letter, then join the letters together to make bunting spelling SPARKLE. Could be done with every class to then connect each class.

Design and Shine!

SCARF schools – design an ‘Odd Dog Out’ coat for Harold our giraffe.  Display these around school. 

Class Talents

Hold a class talent show ‘What makes our class sparkle?’ Ask for volunteers to show their ‘acts’! Children can do this individually or in groups - showing their talents in cooperation!

Special objects

Each child brings in a special object which tells everyone something about themselves. This could lead to a writing activity where they explain their object and why it's special to them. Or try it this way...

Make this a  'Guess who?' activity, where they try to match the object with the person.

Sparkling Circles

Circle time activity to let them express little acts of kindness that they have experienced – how did they sparkle for you?

Designer for a day

Be a fashion designer for a day (or an hour!) and design an ‘Odd Dog Out’ sausage dog outfit. This could be done as a drawing activity, or a craft activity, using bits of cloth and other materials.

Sparkly Me!

Create a glitter snow globe using a glass jar, water, glitter, and laminated picture of themselves.

Shoebox Shine!

Using a shoebox or other small box, children fill it with their own items from home or objects/pictures that represent them and then decorate the box with all things sparkly. Or try it this way…

Children make their own Sparkle Box and write a list of the items they will find, and keep in it when they take it home, that make them feel happy about themselves.


Nominate a Sparkler

Children nominate other children (or adults) in school who “sparkle” for something they’ve done. Could make that person a special Sparkle Badge, maybe a star, with the person’s name on the front and what they’ve done on the back.

Sparkle with your Scarf!

Using this sausage dog template, children draw and then decorate the scarf in a way that reflects themselves – or make a collage scarf, from scraps of materials and other items. 

Sparkly Stories

Children write stories about how Harold met the sausage dog and shared his SCARF - this could be a competition, with a small, sparkly prize!

Oscar Sparkles

Children produce not a Hollywood but ‘Doggywood’ scene - create characters expressing talents and personalities, not just different appearances. Use the dog template to draw representatives of people in society who sparkle, e.g. nurses, carers etc.

Write to Odd Dog Out!

Share the first part of the story with the children, then pause. Ask children to write a letter to ‘Odd Dog Out’, what should he do? Should he have to leave? Then watch the end of the story and discuss. What happened? Were there any surprises? What did he learn?

How do you sparkle?

Using the letters of SPARKLE, ask children to write what each letter could represent for them and how they sparkle e.g. smart, polite, amazing, etc.

Lights, camera, SPARKLE!

Record a short film clip of each child describing their own talents and likes, or in pairs they describe each other’s talents, what they like about them, what makes them sparkle.

Your RSE Day Whole-school Assembly

Adapt the Odd Dog Out story for both younger and older pupils so that the children themselves can present it during an assembly, which could include excerpts from the CBeebies version.

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