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					                  BROWNIES
                  Bright Ideas
                          2008




ONTARIO COUNCIL
Girl Guides of Canada, Ontario Council
Program Resources                                                 Brownie Bright Ideas

                         BRIGHT IDEA                             PAGE
                         Shadow Puppet Play of Brownie Story      3
                         Tissue Paper Masks                       4
                         What Am I?                               5
                         Prince & Princess                        7
                         Night Eyes                               8
                         Halloween Toss                           9
                         Can’t Cross Canada                       10
                         Caterpillar Hat Craft                    11
                         Halloween Tree                           12
                         Key to My Community                      13
                         Placemats                                14
                         Who Am I?                                15
                         Butterfly                                16
                         Story Telling                            17
                         Proper Dress Relay                       19
                         History of Guiding Timeline              20
                         It’s Raining!                            21
                         Grow Guiding                             22
                         Building a Sound Structure               23
                         People in Science                        24
                         Snap, Crackle & Pop                      25
                         Community Bingo                          26
                         Toadstool Challenge                      27
                         The Power of Power                       28
                         My Autobiography                         29
                         Lend A Hand Wreath                       31
                         Me Flower                                32
                         Toadstool Sun-Catcher                    33
                         Canada Flag, Brownie Flag, World Flag    34
                         Marvellous Me                            35
                         Sewing Magic – Flower Bracelets          36
                         Sewing Magic – Bathtub Owls              37
                         Volcanoes                                38
                         Exploding Pop Bottles                    39
                         Electricity / Batter Power               40
                         Beaded Jewellery                         41
                         Canadian World Friendship Fund Banks     42
                         Brownie Bag to Carry                     43
                         Recycling Relay                          44
                         Gift for a Special Person                45
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 Shadow Puppet Play of Brownie Story

 Number of people that can participate:         Maximum: 10        Minimum: 4


 Time Required: 1–2 meetings


 Terrain:    Indoors


 Equipment:


         Very thin cardstock or cardboard (you need to make five puppets, so the size of the puppets will
          determine how much card you require)
         Bamboo garden sticks, chopsticks, or thin dowelling
         Three-hole punch, sharp knife or other tool to make a small slit or hole
         Split pins or paper fasteners
         Drawing implements, pencil
         Tape or hot glue
         White sheet
         A clothesline and clothes pegs or some other way to hang up the sheet
         One very bright light source
         A row of boxes or some other barrier that the girls can hide behind while they operate their puppets

 Instructions:

         There are five characters in this play. You can split the girls into teams of five so each girl gets a puppet
          or more than one girl can operate the jointed puppets.
         You can make simple single-shape puppets or jointed puppets depending on what your girls want to try.

     Simple puppets
     1. Girls draw on the cardboard the characters of Brook, Cindy, Grandma, Wise Owl and moon shapes.
     2. Cut out the form. Cut out the eyes and mouth (so that the light will shine through).
     3. Attach sticks to the bottom of the puppet using tape or hot glue.

     Jointed Puppets
     1. Draw out the basic character shapes. Draw parts on the body that stick out separately (e.g. arms, legs,
         beak, hair, etc.) You can make two parts to the arms and legs, or you can cut the torso in half at the
         waist (depending on how much movement you want).
     2. Cut out all the pieces of each character.
     3. Assemble the puppet on the table.
     4. Make a hole in the joint and the body where they come together (e.g. upper arm and shoulder).
     5. Attach movable parts and solid part using the split pins.
     6. Attach the sticks to the base of the puppet using tape or hot glue. If you want more than one girl to
         operate a puppet, glue sticks to the hands, so that the puppet can wave, shake hands, etc.




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     Puppet Play
     1. Have girls practise the Brownie story and turn it into a play.
     2. Position girls and puppets behind white sheet crouched down behind the barrier. Turn on the big light
        behind them.
     3. Hold puppets up high so the light will cast shadows onto the sheet.
     4. Enjoy the play.
     5. Invite parents. This activity can be part of an international night, a Canadian World Friendship Fund
        fundraiser or just a fun night at Brownies.

 Program Connections:

         Shadow puppets are a Thai art form. Thailand is a member of WAGGGS.
         Key to The Arts #1 and #4
         Puppet Play Interest badge
         Key to Guiding #2 E

 Adaptation for Special Needs:

 Girls can work in pairs. You can pair girls up to help move puppets. A narrator can be used or simply have
 someone else voice the character if communications are an issue.


NOTE:            Guiders should be the only individuals to handle the use of the knives.




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 Tissue Paper Masks

 Number of people that can participate;         Any number


 Time Required:        At least ½ hour


 Terrain;    Indoor
 Equipment:
     Tissue paper, variety of colours
     White paper (or coloured), cardstock, thin cardboard or mat board
     White glue
     Water
     String or elastic or ribbon to hold masks in place.
     Stickers, pompoms, etc (optional)
     Pictures for girls to use as models – of animals, traditional masks from different countries, masks used
       for Ancient Greek theatre, etc. (your local librarian can help you find interesting picture books)
     Paint brushes

 Instructions:
     1. Show the girls some examples of how masks are used in theatre; ceremonies and play (e.g. costume
         parties, parades, etc).
     2. Let the girls decide as a group what they want to do with the masks they’re going to make and if there is
         going to be a unifying theme, a play to perform or just a costume party.
     3. Draw a basic shape onto a piece of thin cardboard or card stock.
     4. Rip up small pieces of tissue paper and crumple them into balls and paste them on your figure like a
         collage. You should use a combination of flat paper and crumpled paper to achieve different textures.
         Make sure pieces are firmly stuck.
     5. Poke a small hole on the sides of the mask big enough to run the string through. Hold the mask in place
         as the girls measure each others for the string needed to hold the mask in place.
     6. Remove the string.(keep string as it will be added back on the masks after the water treatment)
     7. After it is completed, paint over with a 50/50 glue and water mixture and let it dry so it has a glaze finish.
     8. Attach the string.

 This same technique can be used to make Christmas ornaments or simply 3-D pieces of art. You can also
 provide the girls with a pre-drawn picture like those found in colouring books. The girls can ―colour‖ in the picture
 using the tissue paper.

 Program Connections:
     Key to the Arts #8 and #1 (if you do the Brownie story as a play)
     I Can Be Interest Badge

 Adaptation for Special Needs:
     Girls can work in pairs.
     Have pre-designed and pre-cut animal masks available.


NOTE: Be sure to wash brushes with hot water and soap to prevent ruining them.




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 What Am I?

 Number of people that can participate:        Minimum:    3


 Time Required:        15 minutes


 Terrain:     Indoor


 Equipment:


         Craft paper or any paper – approx. 8 ½ ― x 5 ½ ―
         Safety pins
         Pen or pencil
         Use sticky type notes instead of pins and paper if safety may be an issue.

 Instructions:

     1. Write a person’s name, a place, or thing on a piece of paper.
     2. Pin the papers on the girls’ backs and have them ask the other girls questions to help them figure out
        what they have written on their backs. Ask questions like ―Am I an animal?‖ or ―Am I found in the
        house?‖….
     3. They then continue until they figure out what or who they are.

 Program Connections:

 This activity is very flexible in that it can work in a number of program areas. For example:
      Key to My Community #5 – make everyone a person (job) in the community
      Key to I Can #4 – make everyone a household appliance
      Key to Active Living #3 – make everyone a food item. Once the girls know what food item they are, they
         have to organize themselves into a meal that contains all four food groups. Or separate into everyday
         foods and treats.
      Key to Girl Guides #2 – make everyone a WAGGGS country or World Centre – have them find their
         match, organize into hemispheres, etc.

 Adaptation for Special Needs:

         Use sticky type notes instead of pins.



NOTE: Need to discuss food groups with girls at the beginning of the game.




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 Prince & Princess

 Number of people that can participate:


 Time Required:       15 minutes


 Terrain:     Can be done outside or inside


 Equipment:


          Shoes (everyone)

 Instructions:

      1.    Teach the girls how to take their own pulse. Encourage them to try it both on their neck and their wrist.
      2.    Write down the number of beats in 15 seconds.
      3.    Have each girl determine her ―Resting Heart Rate‖ by showing the girls how to multiply the number of
            beats times four, or ask them to add it together four times (e.g. 16 beats x 4 = 64 beats per minute or
            16+16+16+16 = 64 (adult help will be needed)
      4.    Play a game like Prince & Princess for approximately 15 minutes, encouraging the girls to run as
            quickly as they can and to jog on the spot while waiting for the next round. (See game instructions
            below.)
      5.    Have each girl take her pulse after 15 minutes of activity.
      6.    Determine her ―Exercising Heart Rate‖ for one minute.
      7.    Discuss the differences in the two rates and causes of an increased heart rate.

 Prince & Princess
     1. Divide the group into halves – ―Princes‖ stay on one side and ―Princesses‖ go to opposite end of
          room/field.
     2. Princesses take off one shoe and put into middle of room in a pile.
     3. Each Prince runs up, grabs a shoe, finds the princess wearing its match
     4. Each Prince kneels down, and the princess sits on ―his‖ knee and puts her shoe on her, and runs back
          to other side of room with the princess.
     5. The first one back and kneeling wins.

 Program Connections:

          Key to Active Living Interest Badge ―Go For It‖ and Activity #1 ―Feel the Pulse‖




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 Night Eyes (A scavenger hunt for after dark)

 Number of people that can participate:         Maximum:      Unlimited      Minimum: 4 (2 teams of 2)


 Time Required:        1 hour minimum


 Terrain:      Outdoors at night – a well marked path, a small wood or a wide field


 Equipment:


         A list of clues per team –relating to the items being hunted, e.g. ―I hold things together‖ refers to a paper
          clip.
         A variety of scavenger hunt items (multiple copies of each item, e.g. 5 paper clips for 5 teams)
         Sandwich bags (1 per item being hunted, e.g. 10 bags for 10 items being hunted)
         1 bag or container per team to gather items in
         Reflective trail marking tape (enough to put some on each sandwich bag for easier night-time
          identification)
         1 whistle for the Guider in charge
         1 flashlight per team
         Vinyl gloves, optional

 The items you are hunting for might include pictures from magazines, for example, enabling you to link your hunt
 to a specific program content area. Use clues and pictures of household appliances Key to I Can #4A, or use
 clues and pictures of food from the various food groups in Key to Active Living #3A.

 Instructions:

     1. Fill each sandwich bag with an item (enough for each team, e.g., five paper clips).
     2. Mark each bag with reflective tape for easier identification at night time.
     3. Scatter the bags around the hunt area.
     4. Give each team the list of clues, a sandwich bag for putting their items in, and one flashlight.
     5. Instruct the girls to look outside for the items on the clue list.
     6. When you find a bag of items, take one out and return the bag where you found it.
     7. Each team must work together – don’t split up the team. Be clear about the boundaries of the game.
     8. Let the girls hear the whistle and tell them that when they hear it, they must return to the rally point or
        meeting space (in case you run out of time or there is an emergency to end the game).
     9. Once all items on the list are collected, teams return to the rally point or meeting space.

 Program Connections:

         Part of: Key to Camping – Team Together Interest Badge



NOTE: Safe Guide must be followed. Do the Risk Management checklist in the Safe Guide




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 Halloween Toss

 Number of people that can participate:            Maximum 20


 Time Required:           Minimum 10 minutes


 Terrain:          Can be done outdoors and indoors


 Equipment:


             Bean bags – three per girl (if you wish, the girls can make their own bean bags on a previous night.)
             A large box or piece of cardboard (You can use the pictures below as a guideline of how the pictures are
              placed on the cardboard – smallest number to larges number)

         10                       15                        20                     25




         10                       15                        20                     25



 Instructions:

              1.   Give each girl three bean bags.
              2.   Set up cardboard or box.
              3.   Let each girl throw one bean bag and then follow with two and three bean bags.
              4.   Add up her points.

 Program Connections:

             Part of: Key to STEM – Number Magic Interest Badge



NOTE: If you wish to make the bean bags, you can take fabric/felt and make simple pumpkin shapes. Sew two
of the shapes together leaving a hole to put the beans in, and sew up the hole.




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 Can’t Cross Canada

 Number of people that can participate:     Maximum 20      Minimum 10


 Time Required:       30 minutes or less


 Terrain: Indoor


 Equipment:


         None required

 Instructions:

     1. Have the girls pick what attribute they wish to be (see samples below)
     2. Have the girls line up on one side of the room with a person in the middle.
     3. The person in the middle yells ―You can’t cross Canada unless…‖ and adds a Canadian attribute (e.g.
        you move like a Beaver, you know the colour of our flag, etc.).
     4. Whoever has that attribute is allowed to cross safely.
     5. Once she has made it to the other side, the person in the middle yells ―Cross Canada‖ and everyone left
        tries to cross without getting touched.
     6. Whoever is touched goes in the middle also.
     7. Keep playing until one person is left – they become the new ―It‖.

 Sample attributes:
    o You can name our animal symbol - Beaver
    o You can name what’s on our dime - Schooner, boat, Bluenose, etc.
    o You can name the mountains in Alberta - Rockies
    o Move like a - beaver, moose, polar bear, Santa Claus, Wayne Gretzky, Roberta Bondar
    o Make the noise of a - Canada Goose, Loon, Grizzly Bear, Niagara Falls
    o Show me - the CN Tower, the Rocky Mountains, a settler building a cabin, an explorer paddling a canoe



 Program Connections:

         Key to My Community #2A




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Caterpillar Hat Craft

Number of people that can participate:        No limit


Time Required:       15–20 minutes


Terrain:    Indoor


Equipment:


        Fun foam (enough fun foam for each girl to trace the maple leaf)
        Maple leaf or a hard template of a maple leaf
        Pipe cleaners (4‖) – 1 per caterpillar
        Flower stamens (available from craft stores) – 1 per caterpillar
        White glue
        Safety pin
        Roily eyes (small/medium)
        Pencil

Instructions:

    1.   Draw a maple leaf and trace it on fun foam.
    2.   Cut out the foam.
    3.   Wrap a pipe cleaner around a pencil and then slide it off.
    4.   Use the flower stamens for the antennas of the caterpillar,
    5.   Glue eyes onto the foam, and then glue on the leaf.
    6.   Pin the finished product to a hat.

Program Connections:

        Part of: Key to My Community – All About Canada Interest Badge




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Halloween Tree

Time Required:        ½ hour


Terrain):    Indoor


Equipment:

       Large garden recycle bags with a hole in the bottom of the bag (large enough for a girl to put her head
        through
       Halloween decorations
       Streamers
       Halloween candy
       Masking tape
       The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury or any Halloween story

Instructions:


Stories
    1. Read the book The Halloween Tree or have the girls read parts, or read other Halloween-themed books.

Halloween Tree
    1. Divide the girls into even groups.
    2. Let teams choose who will be the tree.
    3. Have the girls tape items to the ―tree‖.
    4. Once the girls are finished, have a contest giving prizes for the most original costume, best use of a
       certain item, quickest finished, etc.

Other holidays or seasons can be used as a theme, e.g., Valentine’s Day, Back-to-School, Birthday, etc.

Program Connections:

       Reading badge
       Part of Key to My Community ―Your Day‖ Interest Badge if done with birthday theme




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Key To My Community

Number of people that can participate:         Maximum: 8        Minimum:2       Groups of 2


Time required:      1½ hours approx. – 1 hour for walk; ½ hour for game


Terrain:     Walk the community then play game indoors


Equipment:
    An old property game board – or one that you make
    Dice, men and play money
    Photos of buildings, street corners, and parks, etc. in your community
    Question cards

Instructions:
Making the Property Board
    1. Walk around the community taking photos of buildings, street corners, public art, gardens and parks, etc.
        in your community.
    2. Paste these photos over the ―places‖ on the property board. You can add a few extra ―take a card‖
        spaces than are normally on a property board if you want, as girls like to ―take a card‖.
    3. Make up questions to write on the cards. They can be about your community or town (people, places and
        things) and what the girls saw and what you told them about their community on the walk.

Like the real property game, some cards might tell the players to go to a particular place on the board or miss a
turn by spending a ―night‖ in jail or answering an extra question correctly to get out of jail early.


Community Property
   1. Show the girls your property board. Let them notice what’s different about this board.
   2. Tell the girls they will be working in teams (using the same pairing as on the walk).
   3. Explain to the girls that the object of the game is to get around the board while earning money. Players
      move around the board by throwing the dice and moving that number of spaces.
   4. Money can be earned by identifying the places they land on and by correctly answering questions from
      the cards.
   5. If a team cannot provide an answer or identify the landmark, other teams have an opportunity to answer
      for them and win money.
   6. Once all teams have been around the board, they count their money.
   7. The team with the most money wins.

Alternative Idea: Give each girl (or Circle) a disposable or digital camera. Have them take pictures while on the
community walk. Let the girls create the property board and design the questions




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Community Walk
Take a walk with your unit around your community. Be sure to put the girls in pairs, as they will work together
later.
Keeping in mind what is on your property board and on the question cards, point out buildings, streets, and places
of interest. Have them look at the details of a street light or the kinds of flowers growing in front of a certain
building, architectural details, etc. Tell them facts about your community (e.g. date founded, famous people born
there).

Program Connections:
    Key To My Community #1 and #7

NOTE: Safe Guide needs to be reviewed to have the correct forms for this activity




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Placemats

Number of people that can participate:


Time Required:        Approximately ½ hour or less


Terrain:     Indoor


Equipment:


       Maple leaves
       Chalk (in many colours)
       Black construction paper
       Clear thick, sticky film or laminating film

Instructions:

    1. Gather leaves that are dry but not dried out.
    2. Place leaves on construction paper.
    3. While holding down the leaf, use the side of the chalk and rub gently from the centre outwards off the leaf
       onto the paper so that you get the outline of the leaf.
    4. Do this all around the outside edge of the leaf.
    5. Lift the leaf away from the paper.
    6. Repeat the process as many times as you like.
    7. Cover finished construction paper with clear sticky film or laminating film on both sides. Leave a ½ cm
       edge so the film will stick together and seal the placemats.


Program Connections:

       Part of: Key to My Community – All About Canada Interest Badge




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Who Am I?

Number of people that can participate;:      Whole Unit


Time Required:      20 minutes


Terrain:        Indoor


Equipment:

       Paper page for each girl
       Camera

Instructions:

    1. Make a page with a picture of a Brownie in the middle (clipped out from a larger picture) and write several
       sentences around the face. Incorporate ―Key to Me‖ sentences like ―I am proud of …‖ or ―when I am alone
       I like to…‖ etc.
    2. Take a picture of each girl’s face.
    3. After each girl has filled in the page, cut the ―face‖ of the Brownie picture ¾ around, creating a flag that
       can be opened where the head is.
    4. Tape the Brownie’s face behind the page so that it is hidden behind the flap.
    5. Have girls read each other’s pages and try to guess who the Brownie is.


Program Connections:

       Key to Me

Adaptation for Special Needs:

       If a Brownie cannot write for any reason you may have to scribe for them.




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Butterfly

Number of people that can participate: Groups of 4 at one time at water station


Time Required: 15 minutes per group


Terrain: Indoor


Equipment


       Wide container that can hold about 1 inch of water, e.g., roast pan or plastic rectangular food storage bin
       Water (to fill up 1 inch of container)
       Non-permanent markers in a variety of colours; e.g., white board markers
       Coffee filters - cone style works best
       Scissors
       Paper towel


Instructions:

Cone filters have a seam that runs down one side and along the bottom. The long seam will be the body of the
butterfly. The cutting technique is like cutting out a snowflake; the seam edge is never cut.

     1. Holding onto the long seam of the coffee filter, cut out a butterfly wing shape. You are actually cutting
        through two layers.
     2. Colour along the seam with markers.
     3. Fill the pan with water.
     4. Hold the bottom of the filter over water, slightly touching it.
     5. Let the water work its way from the tip up to halfway up the filter.
     6. Lay to dry.
     7. When dry, open your butterfly.

Program Connections:

       Key to STEM Special Interest Badge

Adaptation for Special Needs:

       Cut filter for those who may need assistance.




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Story Telling

Number of people that can participate: Maximum: 20-30 Minimum: 4-6


Time Required:


Terrain:    Indoor


Equipment:


        Pictures from all sorts of magazines — ones that show food, people (you’ll need lots, representing
         different emotions, such as happy, sad, funny), outdoor scenes, outdoor equipment, animals, etc.

Instructions:

Before the meeting, cut out pictures from magazines and store them in a box.

    1. Take the box around each circle and ask each girl to choose a picture.
    2. The leader may start the game, or ask a girl to start. If the girls don’t know this game, its best if the leader
       starts so the girls can understand what to do.
    3. Using the picture as a cue, the first person makes up two sentences.
    4. The next girl, holding up her pictures, adds two sentences, tying in both her picture and the two
       sentences before her.
    5. Continue this activity from girl to girl until they have created a story.

Tips:

    o    Use a theme to help keep the girls on track.
    o    You can use the same box of pictures over and over, but mix up the pictures every time the game is
         played so that a fresh story emerges each time.

Program Connections:

          Depending on the kinds of magazines used, certain program themes can be explored (e.g. camp
           equipment and nature magazines would suggest Key to Camping; beauty and fashion magazines might
           suggest Key to Active Living, nature magazines might suggest the Key to the Living World.




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Proper Dress Relay

Number of people that can participate:         Whole Unit


Time Required: 15 minutes


Terrain: Indoor or outdoor


Equipment:

        Assorted clothing, accessories, gear – can be adapted for purpose of relay (either camping, hiking)
        Proper gear – hiking shoes, camp hat, backpacks, water bottles, fleece, raincoats, rain boots, etc.
        Improper gear – sandals, visors, purses, pop bottles, fancy sweaters, etc.


Instructions:

    1. Divide the group into two relay teams and have them line up at one end of room.
    2. At the other end of the room, make two piles of clothes and gear. Each pile will have appropriate or
       inappropriate clothes for camping or hiking. (Make sure the girls know what they’re dressing for.)
    3. Each team picks one girl to be the ―model‖ for their team. The models stand next to the team’s pile.
    4. Starting with the first girl in each team, a girl runs to the pile, picks a correct piece of clothing and puts it
       on the model. The moderator indicates if the choice is correct. Incorrect pieces go back in pile and the girl
       tries again.
    5. When the moderator tells her she is correct and the item is on the model, the girl runs back to the end of
       her team’s line and the next girl in line takes her turn.
    6. The relay ends when a team determines that all correct items have been put on the model.


Program Connections:

        Key to Camping #3




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History of Guiding Timeline

Number of people that can participate: Whole Unit


Time Required:        ½ hour – 1 hour


Terrain: Indoor


Equipment:


       1 metre of yarn for each girl
       1 sheet for each girl containing a series of drawn boxes (inside each box is printed a highlight in Guiding
        history, and one box, larger than the others, is blank inside)
       Guiding magazines and catalogues
       Scissors
       White Glue


Instructions:

    1. Have the girls cut out the highlight ―boxes‖, fold them in half and glue them over the yarn in chronological
       order.
    2. The last square is larger and is for ―Me as a Guide‖.
    3. Have each girl cut out uniforms from the catalogues and magazines to create a self portrait on the last
       square, as she would look as a Guide.




Program Connections:

                 My Key to Girl Guides




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It’s Raining!

Number of people that can participate:        Min: 2-4       Max: 6-8


Time Required: This game is played throughout the meeting or for only a short period, depending on time
available.


Terrain: Indoor


Equipment:

       One double sheet of newspaper per girl to start
       One large mat or taped off area – big enough for all the girls to fit in standing on at least one foot (make
        this area smaller, not larger, than you think you will need)

Instructions:

    1. At any time during meeting the leader will either say ―It’s Raining‖ or just hold up a sign if you want to be
       more challenging.
    2. The girls will run and pick up one piece of newspaper over her head (as a tent).
    3. After each time, some of the newspaper is removed from the pile so some girls need to share.
    4. Keep removing paper until all girls are sharing their ―tent‖.
    5. Towards the end of the meeting call ―Flood‖ – all girls run and try to stand either on the mat or within the
       taped area.
    6. This area should be small enough that the girls around the outer edge need to help their friends stay on
       the ―island‖.
    7. After a couple of minutes, call ―all clear‖ and the game is over.


Program Connections:

       Goes towards: Team Together Interest badge




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Grow Guiding

Number of people that can participate:        Maximum: 30 Minimum: 5
Time Required: 15-20 minutes
Terrain: Indoors


Equipment:

       1 green pipe cleaner
       1 pink or girl’s-choice-of-colour pipe cleaner
       Pony beads:
        o 1 pink
        o 1 orange
        o 1 blue
        o 1 green
        o 1 red
        o 1 dark blue



Instructions:

        This craft teaches the girls about different levels of Guiding, from Sparks to Guiders.

        1. Taking the green pipe cleaner, bend it into the shape of the base of the flower with leaves and a
           centre stem.
        2. Hook the pink pipe cleaner into a petal, adding the pink pony bead for Sparks. Note: She will have to
           make 6 petals out of the one pipe cleaner, so they must be small.
        3. Make another petal and add an orange bead for Brownies.
        4. Continue with blue for Guides, green for Pathfinders, red for Rangers and dark blue for Guiders.

Note: You will have to make 6 petals out of the one pipe cleaner, so the beads must be small

Program Connections:




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Building a Sound Structure

Number of people that can participate:         Maximum: 20 Minimum: 1


Time Required: 10-15 minutes


Terrain: Indoor table


Equipment:

    1.   4-8 large marshmallows per person (for the base of the building)
    2.   24 toothpicks (pointed at both ends)
    3.   24 miniature marshmallows
    4.   Photos of different kinds of buildings – both interior and exterior (use internet pictures or photocopies from
         library books on architecture, construction, design, planning and development)



Instructions:
Prior to Meeting:
    1. Put all the supplies in baggies for each girl.

Meeting Night
   1. Show different buildings: skyscrapers, apartments, towers, and pictures of steel beams. Talk about how
       buildings are constructed.
   2. Tell the girls to build a structure that will not fall. (Some will build a tower, some a small house.)
   3. Talk about how hard or easy it is to build that particular structure.


Program Connections:

        STEM #5




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People in Science

Number of people that can participate:        Maximum : whole unit Minimum: 2
Time Required: 30 minutes
Terrain: Indoors ideally, but outdoors in good weather
Equipment:
The actual props you use can vary depending on availability. Try to have on hand one of each of these:
     weather map or windsock
     cell phone
     shovel or trowel
     plastic bottle
     calculator, hard hat
     stuffed toy cat or dog
     tree branch, leaf collection, pine cone
     seeds, pot of dirt, watering can
     seismograph (can be a box with dials drawn on it)

     Instructions
Guiders act out different science professions. Give clues to the girls so they can guess the profession. Each
profession has a prop. Here are some of the professions. More clues may be needed.
    1. I monitor air pressure, wind direction and speed in order to predict weather patterns. Who am I? I am a
        meteorologist. (prop = weather map or wind sock)
    2. I gather information. People can call me to find out how many people live in a town, or how many teens
        go to school, or how many bakeries there are in the city. Who am I? I’m a statistician. (prop = cell
        phone)
    3. I’m searching the earth for oil deposits. Based on soil samples, I can determine the best place to drill test
        wells. Who am I? I’m a geologist. (prop = shovel or trowel)
    4. I’m working on a type of plastic to be used for plastic bottles. It has to be strong enough to hold the liquid
        but recyclable and not too heavy. Who am I? I’m a chemical engineer. (prop = plastic bottle)
    5. Twenty-five new houses are being built on this street and I’m designing the pipes to carry away the water
        when it rains. If the pipe I use is too small, the streets and houses will be flooded, but if my pipe is too
        big, it will cost too much money. Who am I? I am a civil engineer. (prop = calculator, hard hat)
    6. I help animals when they get sick and give them check-ups when they’re healthy. Who am I? I’m a
        veterinarian. (prop = stuffed toy cat or dog)
    7. I study trees and how they grow and then I can plant stronger and healthier trees. Who am I? I’m a
        forester. (prop = tree branch, leaf collection, pine cone)
    8. I try to find the best possible seeds to grow plants that produce a lot of food and are not susceptible to
        disease or insect infestations. Sometimes I need to work on seeds that will grow with very little water, like
        in Africa. Who am I? I’m an agronomist. (prop = seeds, pot of dirt, watering can)
    9. Whoa, the ground is shaking. Let me put my seismograph down to measure this earthquake. I study
        earthquakes to be able to predict when, where and how strong the next one will be. Who am I? I’m a
        seismologist. (prop = seismograph, which can be a box with dials drawn on it.)

     Program Connections:

                Key to STEM #2 People in Science




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Snap, Crackle & Pop

Number of people that can participate: Multiples of 3
Time Required: Unlimited
Terrain: Indoors or outdoors depending on weather
Equipment:

The equipment required is the same as used in the People in Science game. You need one less prop item (listed
below) than teams you have playing.
     weather map or windsock
     cell phone
     shovel or trowel
     plastic bottle
     calculator, hard hat
     stuffed toy cat or dog
     tree branch, leaf collection, pine cone
     seeds, pot of dirt, watering can
     seismograph, which was a box with dials drawn on it


Instructions:

    1. Get into groups of three with one girl named Snap, one Crackle and one Pop.
    2. Put all the props in the middle of the circle.
    3. Each girl is standing in the circle beside her teammates. For example, team AAA, team BBB, team CCC,
       team DDD.

                          AAA
                      D            B
                      D            B
                      D            B
                          CCC

    4. Call out one of the names (Snap or Crackle or Pop). The girl must run around the circle back to her place
       and under the arch her team makes with their hands (as in London Bridge). She runs into the middle of
       the circle and grabs one of the science items. The team without an item is out. To help the girls learn
       about the various professions, they should try to name the profession for the prop they had.
    5. Remove one science prop item.
    6. Repeat again and again, as the girls never seem to tire of the game.


Program Connections:

       Key to STEM #2 People in Science




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Community Bingo

Number of people that can participate: no limit – groups of about 4
Time Required: 1 hour
Terrain: Outdoors
Equipment:

     Large Bingo card (cardboard or cardstock)
Instructions:

    1. Break the girls into four groups.
    2. Each group has a "bingo card‖, and written on it are things to look for that pertain to numerous parts of
       the program.
    3. The girls get back together and share what they have found or learned on their walk with the
       others who were able to give their own input if they saw or heard the same things, or anything
       else from the other girls' bingo cards.
    4. Have the girl draw a picture or write a couple of details to help them remember specifics of what they draw

Program Connections:

       Key to my Community #1, #6 & #7
       Key to the Living World #1

                               Bingo Card - Neighbourhood Walk
                                 Advertisement Investigators

HOUSE FOR SALE
                                           "NO" SIGN                            HELP NEEDED
     SIGN



   AD ON A FLAG                      ITEM FOR SALE SIGN                       "BEWARE" SIGN




        NAME SIGN                    BUILDING FOR SALE                          AD ON A POLE




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Toadstool Challenge

Number of people that can participate: no limit


Time Required: Year-long activities that don’t take up much time at each meeting


Terrain: either indoor or outdoor




Equipment::


       Recognition award for the circle who wins.


Instructions:

Girls can work on program throughout the year and earn ―points‖ that will be granted at advancement.

Girls earn points by:
      Bringing in recyclables such as pop tabs, corks, old cell phones, etc.
      Bringing in pennies for the Canadian World Friendship Fund
      Wearing full uniform
      Living the Brownie promise
      participating (both joining in and suggesting activities)

Points are awarded to each circle with each meeting. At advancement, the circle with the highest number of
points is recognized for their work.




Program Connections:

       Key to the Living World #4 and #5
       Terrific Trash Interest Badge




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The Power of Power

Number of people that can participate: Maximum : Whole Unit Minimum: 2


Time Required: 30 minutes


Terrain: Indoors


Equipment:

Each team needs the following. The number of teams you have will dictate how much equipment you require.
    Electric Mixer
    Whisk
    Whipping cream
    2 bowls
    White Sugar


Instructions:

    1.   Have the girls tie their hair back.
    2.   Girls try to whip the cream with a whisk and then with an electric beater. Four girls go at a time.
    3.   Discuss which is easier and why.
    4.   Eat the whipped cream (perhaps adding strawberries or other fruit that may be available).



Program Connections:

        Key to STEM # 4




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My Autobiography

Number of people that can participate: All girls
Time Required: A project for the whole year
Terrain: Indoors
Equipment:
    A 4½ " x 7" coiled notebook for each girl
    Brightly coloured gel pens (or markers)
    Stickers

Instructions:

    1. Have the girls bring this journal with them every week along with their handbook. Doing a page a week is
       manageable around other activities planned for that week. Only a few pages should be done at home
       (pages 10-12, 19 and 21-25).
    2. Reward the girls regularly with stickers on certain pages for a job well done and save a special sticker
       that can be applied to the front cover when the journal is completed (e.g. a giant gold star).
    3. Using the gel pens, put a title at the top of each page and set up the pages as follows:

Page 1) MY NAME IS
    Spell their names, vertically on the left margin, with bold letter stickers. Instruct them to describe
       themselves using each letter in their name.
Page 2) MY PICTURE
    Ask the girls to either glue a picture of themselves or draw a self-portrait.
Page 3) ABOUT ME
    Have the girls write:
            My Address (leave 3-4 lines for them to write in their address)
            My Phone Number (leave a line or two after each heading)
            My Birthday
            Eye Colour
            Hair Colour
            Height ________ Weight _________
            I was a Spark for __ years
            I was a Brownie for ___ years
Page 4) –ABOUT ME (continued)
            Mom's name is – if appropriate
            Dad's name is – if appropriate
            I have _____ sisters (leave a line to name them)
            I have _____ brothers (leave a line to name them)
            My pets are
            My school is:
            I have an e-mail:
Page 5) MY FAVOURITES
    Food:
    Restaurant:
    Singer or Band:
    Movie:
    Actor or Actress:

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    TV Show:
    Song(s)
    Colour:
Page 6) MY HOBBIES
    Leave this page blank so they can write, draw or cut and paste pictures.
Page 7) MY FAVOURITE SPORTS
    Leave blank as above.
Page 8-9) MY FRIENDS
    Leave a few pages blank so they may list as many friends as they want.
Page 10-12) MY BEST MEMORIES
    Leave 3 pages blank so they may write their favourite memories (old or new).
Page 13) MY SPACE
    Have the girls describe their rooms or draw a picture of their room.
Page 14) SPECIAL THOUGHTS
    What Makes Me Happy: (then about halfway down the page)
    What Makes Me Laugh:
Page 15) SPECIAL THOUGHTS (continued)
    What Makes Me Sad:
    What Makes Me Cry:
Page 16) I'M A NICE PERSON
    What I Like About Me:
    What Others Like About Me: (gives the girls an opportunity to say something nice about each other)
Page 17) f I'M A NICE PERSON (continued)
    What Makes Me Proud
    The Nicest Thing I Did This Week:
Page 18) I'M A NICE PERSON (continued)
    How I Treat Other People:
    How People Treat Me:
    When I Do Something Nice I Feel...
Page 19) FAMILY TRADITIONS
    Have the girls describe how their family celebrates birthdays, holidays, etc.
Page 20) MY COLLECTIONS
    Write, draw or cut and paste.
Page 21) LEND A HAND AT HOME
    What I Did:
    When I Did It:
    How Long Did It Take Me:
    How It Made Me Feel:
Page 22-25) LEAND A HAND AT HOME (continued)

Over the months this project is done, a number of good deeds can be expected of the girls.

Program Connections:

       Key to Me #1B




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Lend a Hand Wreath




Number of people that can participate: Whole Unit


Time Required: 30 minutes


Terrain: indoors


Equipment:

        Guiding-coloured fun foam hands (pink, orange, blue, red, yellow, green, purple)
        Circle of cardboard for the base for each girl in the shape of a wreath
        Scissors
        Large paper clips as the hanger for the project
        Toadstool rubber stamp (optional)
        Glitter Glue
        Markers
        White glue
        Paper clips
        Hole punch


Instructions:

The Lend-a-hand wreath is made of Guiding-coloured fun foam hands. Use the toadstool rubber stamp, glitter
glue and markers to decorate and write the Brownie motto on it.

    1.   The girls works in pairs, helping each other trace their hands onto fun foam.
    2.   When cutting is complete, they should have hands in all the Guiding colours.
    3.   Glue the hands to the circle base.
    4.   Decorate with glitter glue, markers, etc.
    5.   Punch a hole at the top and run a bent paper clip through as a hanger.



Program Connections:




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Me Flower

Number of people that can participate: Maximum : Whole Unit


Time Required:


Terrain: Indoors


Equipment:


       Construction paper in a variety of colours
       Flower petal forms cut out of cardboard (optional)
       Yellow circles (centre of the flowers) or
       Small wallet-sized photos of each girl (optional)
       Split pins or paper clips or paper fasteners
       Pipe cleaners
       Markers, crayons, etc.
       White glue
       Glitter

Instructions:

Depending on the age and ability of the girls, the leader may need to pre-cut the petals, let the girls trace the petal
forms or have them draw and cut out their own.

Each girl needs approximately seven petals.

    1. Each girl writes down something she enjoys about being a Brownie.
    2. Decorate the petals with crayons, glue and glitter, etc.
    3. Poke a hole near the bottom of each petal. Line up the petals and force a split pin or paper clip thorough
       to hold them together.
    4. Cover the pin over with either a yellow circle on which the girl writes her name or a small photo of her face
       cropped to an appropriate size.
    5. Glue a pipe cleaner to the bottom to resemble a stem.


Program Connections:

       Key to Being A Girl Guide #3




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Toadstool Sun Catcher

Number of people that can participate: whole Unit


Time Required: 30 minutes


Terrain: Indoors


Equipment:


       Construction paper – 2 pieces, approximately 8½ ― x 11‖
       Scissors
       White glue
       Wax paper
       Iron
       Old towel or sheeting
       Crayons
       Yarn (optional)
       Typed Brownie promise on white paper

Instructions:

Begin by reading the Toadstool story to the girls. Then do this craft.

    1. Cut a piece of wax paper approximately 20 x 30 cm. Fold it in half, and then open it up. Let the girls
       scrape crayons onto one side of the waxed paper, and spread the pieces out.
    2. Carefully fold the wax paper again, and place on a towel or old sheeting. Put another towel or old sheet
       on top and use a hot iron to melt the wax crayon. Girls can do this if supervised.
    3. Draw a toadstool on a piece of construction paper. Holding another piece of construction paper
       underneath it, cut out the centre, leaving a frame approximately 1 cm think. Then place the wax paper
       between the two pieces of construction paper, and glue all three together around the edges. Trim off any
       excess wax paper. This is a beautiful sun catcher – a craft from Germany.
    4. Type the words of the Brownie promise on small pieces of plain white paper, and glue to the base of the
       stem.

This sun catcher can be taped to the fridge or a bedroom door. By attaching some yarn, it can hang in a window,
or above a bed – and be a constant reminder of the promise that each girl makes.

Program Connections:

       Key to Brownies #1
       Key to I Can #4C (using an iron/appliance)
       Key to the Arts #4




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Canada Flag, Brownie Flag, World Flag

Number of people that can participate: Maximum : 3 teams of 6 Minimum: 3 teams of 2


Time Required: 15 minutes


Terrain    Indoors


Equipment:


         Brownie Flag, World Flag, Canada Flag (see suggestions)
         Playing dice (large size is best)

Instructions:

Suggestions for the Flags
    Download pictures from the internet, print them in colour on plain paper and glue them to card stock or
       cardboard.
    https://memberzone.girlguides.ca/C18/World-Flag/default.aspx - World Flag
    Clip out photos from Guiding magazines.
    Hand draw flags on card stock.
    If construction paper is used, it’s best to laminate the pieces.
    Flags should be a good size (about 8½ x 11).

Suggestions for Dice
Large dice add fun and drama. Make your own out of card stock, plastic canvas, or even sponges cut into
squares with numbers written on each side. Buy big fuzzy dice!

             1. Cut the flags into six different pieces and number them on the back.
             2. Set up a start line and a construction area at the other end of the room.
             3. Set up relay teams.
             4. Each team gets a set of flag pieces face down on the start line.
             5. The first person from each team rolls a die, grabs the corresponding number piece and runs it
                down to the construction area.
             6. When she gets back, the next girl in line rolls the die. If she rolls a number that’s already been
                rolled for her team, she must roll again until she gets a number corresponding to a remaining
                piece.
             7. Once all the pieces have been transported to the construction area, the whole team comes to the
                construction area, flips the pieces over and puts their flag puzzles together.
             8. The first team finished wins.

Explain what the meaning of each flag is, and talk about the symbols used in each.
Program Connections:

         Key to Brownies
         Key to My Community #3A



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Marvellous Me

Number of people that can participate: Whole Unit


Time Required:


Terrain:    Indoors
Equipment:

        Crayons (dark)
        Roll of brown craft paper or newsprint
        Scissors
        Magazines, catalogues
        Yarn
        White glue

Instructions:

1. Have the Brownies work with a partner.
2. One of the partners lies down on a large piece of brown craft paper, or a piece from the end roll of a printer’s
   paper roll. The girl draws around her partner.
3. Then they switch and the other girl draws around her partner.
4. Make sure each girl’s name is on the paper.
5. The paper dolls are cut out, and the girls then get to select from advertising flyers, magazine pictures,
   catalogues, etc., and glue the pictures to the body of the doll.
6. Choose one or more of:         a)      a favourite food
                                  b)      a healthy food
                                  c)      a favourite activity
                                  d)      a favourite sport
                                  e)      a favourite colour
                                  f)      things I like best about my family
                                  g)      things I like about being a Brownie
                                  h)      healthy lifestyle ideas
                                  i)      something I am proud of
                                  j)      uniforms I will wear in Guiding

You may think of other things they can add.
They can add yarn hair, colour the fingernails with polish (or paint), draw eye glasses if they normally wear them,
and make each doll unique.

Display the dolls and ask each girl to tell a little bit about herself.

Program Connections:

        Key to Me #1




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Sewing Magic – Flower Bracelets

Number of people that can participate: Whole Unit


Time Required:


Terrain: Indoors


Equipment:

Flower Bracelets
     Felt in a variety of colours
     Scissors
     Sewing needles
     Thread
     A variety of buttons
     Measuring tape (dressmaker’s type) or lengths of string

Instructions

Flower Bracelets

Leaders may prefer to do the cutting prior to the meeting. In that case, guess the bracelet length instead of getting
the girls to measure.

    1.  Girls measure their wrists with the tape or string (allow for overlap for the closure).
    2.  Cut a ―bracelet‖ from the felt.
    3.  From a different colour of felt, cut a flower-shaped piece.
    4.  From a third colour of felt, cut a smaller flower-shaped piece.
    5.  Let the girls choose two buttons, a bracelet and one large and one smaller flower-shaped piece.
    6.  Threading a needle with any colour of thread, make a knot at the end of the threads.
    7.  The girls sew one button on the end of the ―strap‖ and sew the second one on the centre of the flower.
        Place the large flower shape on the part of the bracelet that will face up when the girl wears it.
    8. Place the smaller flower shape on top of that, and put the button in the centre.
    9. Sew all three pieces of felt and the button together.
    10. Make a small slit for a buttonhole at the appropriate spot on the bracelet (at the opposite end to the
        button).

Note: Be sure to cut the felt in the direction that it doesn’t stretch.
Program Connections:

        Key to I Can #6




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Sewing Magic – Bathtub Owls

Number of people that can participate: Whole Unit


Time Required:


Terrain Indoors


Equipment:

Bathtub Owl
     2 thin sponges per girl (available at most dollar stores, 4 to a pack)
     Sewing needles
     Embroidery floss
     Small piece of soap (hotel-size is perfect)
     Permanent markers

Instructions:

Bathtub Owl

    1. Cut out an owl shape from each of the sponges.
    2. Use permanent marker to make the eyes, beak and wings.
    3. Start anywhere on the owl, and blanket-stitch both pieces together until there is an open spot about 5 or 6
       cm long.
    4. Place the soap inside the owl, and finish sewing the rest of the owl.

This item can be favour on a gift tray.

Program Connections:

       Key to I Can #6




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Volcanoes

Number of people that can participate: Whole Unit


Time Required:
Terrain: Indoors
Equipment:
     Tray or cookie sheet
     Plastic covering for table
     Small container – baby food jar or soup can
     Vinegar
     Baking soda
     Red food colouring
     Plasticine or play dough (optional)
    
Instructions:

Volcanoes:

Cover the table you’ll be working on with protective plastic or newspaper. Place a tray on the table. Make a
mountain shape around the small container with play dough or plasticine, leaving the top open.

Place three teaspoons of baking soda in the top of the ―volcano‖. Add 2-3 drops of food colouring. Pour in 50 to
60 ml of vinegar and watch the volcano erupt.
The container can be reused by adding more ingredients.

Play dough:               1 cup hot water
                          ½ cup salt
                          2 tsp cream of tartar
                          1-1½ cups flour
                          4-5 drops food colouring OR
                          ½ pkg gelatine crystals OR
                          ½ pkg unsweetened Kool-Aid ™

Method 1:        Boil water; pour over salt in mixing bowl. Add food colouring and cream of tartar. Stir well. Add
                 flour until play dough is required consistency.

Method 2:        Mix all ingredients together in a microwaveable dish. Stir well. Microwave for one minute. Stir
                 well, microwave again for one minute; stir well. (Microwave again if necessary.) Cool before
                 playing.

Note:            If using gelatine or Kool-Aid, more flour is usually needed.

Store in an airtight container – e.g. margarine tub, zipped plastic bag – and play dough will keep for weeks.


Program Connections:
    Key to STEM #3 ―Caboosh!‖


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Exploding Pop Bottles

Number of people that can participate:      8 girls/bottle (one circle/patrol)


Time Required: 15 minutes


Terrain: Definitely outdoors


Equipment:


       2L bottle of pop (cola work best)
       1 pkg soft mint candy
       Rain ponchos or garbage bag raincoats for each girl.

Instructions:

    1. Give girls some pop bottles (one per group).
    2. Have them put their bottle down upright on a flat surface (or on the ground) and remove the cap.
    3. Drop one candy in the bottle and stand back. The candy reacts with the soda and creates a fountain.


Program Connections:

       Key to STEM #3 ―Caboosh!‖




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Electricity/Battery Power

Number of people that can participate:        3 flashlights; one adult /flashlight


Time Required: 20-30 minutes


Terrain: indoor


Equipment:


       3 Working flashlights
       6 Batteries to fit flashlights



Instructions:

    1. Place the girls into three groups and have a girl in each group take apart a flashlight, laying out all the
       pieces.
    2. Discuss how each piece is needed to make the flashlight work. Then have a girl put the flashlights back
       together.
    3. Let every girl in the group take apart and put together the flashlights blindfolded.

Suggestion: When the girls are blindfolded, just have them take out and replace the batteries.



Program Connections:




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Beaded Jewellery

Number of people that can participate:          Unlimited


Time Required:
Terrain: Indoor
Equipment:
    Napkin rings – to use as a mould for determining the circumference
    Wire cutters
    12‖ stiff wire per ring - thinner than clothes-hanger wire but able to hold its shape
    Beads – small pony beads or other types that will fit the wire


Instructions:

    1. Make a loop on one end with wire cutters to keep the beads from falling off)
    2. String coloured beads to within the last 1½ inches.
    3. Make another loop. The beads should be loose, not tightly packed.
    4. Then make a spiral out of the wire and clip the 2 looped ends together and secure to forma circle with the
       spiral.
    5. You can use lots of old beads up this way or colour-code them for various festivities.


Program Connections:

        Part of: Super Crafts Interest Badge




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Canadian World Friendship Fund Banks

Number of people that can participate:        Unlimited


Time Required: ½ hour


Terrain: Indoors


Equipment:


        Margarine container with lid (small) – 1 per Brownie
        Scraps of wrapping paper
        White glue
        Permanent marker


Instructions

    1.   Cut a hole in the lid of the container, large enough to fit a toonie.
    2.   Glue the scraps of wrapping paper to the top and sides of the container.
    3.   Using a permanent marker, write the Brownie’s name on the bottom.
    4.   Put them aside to dry.
    5.   The girls take home the banks at the end of the meeting.
    6.   At home they can fill them with coins for as long as they like.

    Tip: Do this project in October or November, and ask the girls to bring back the coins for Thinking Day.


Program Connections:
      Key to Girl Guides #2 part E




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Brownie Bag to Carry

Number of people that can participate;           any number


Time Required: 30–45 minutes (depends on girls’ abilities)


Terrain: Indoor (at start of Brownie meetings)


Equipment:
    dark brown material (cotton/polyester blend)
    beige/brown felt
    wool – black, blonde, shades of brown, orange, rust (to represent various hair colours)
    strong polyester cord (about 4 mm thick) or skate lace
    large variety of coloured buttons
    red, brown markers
    large safety pins (option)
    fabric glue (option)
    black permanent marker


Instructions:

Before the meeting:
     1. Guider sews bag for each girl - 13‖ wide and 15‖ long with a ¾― cord pocket at the open end of the bag.
     2. Sew a 5‖ felt circle 4― down from the top of each bag.
     3. Cut the wool in 26― lengths and attach 15 strands to the top of the circle (face) and once on each side of it
        (to look like two ponytails on a face).
     4. Cut the cord into 50‖ length and run it through the ¾― cord pocket; then knot the end of the strands to form
        a closing drawstring.
At the meeting:
     1. Brownies could place the 5‖ felt circle on the bag with fabric glue and the wool (option)
     2. Brownies could thread the cord through the ¾ ― cord pocket with the safety pin (option)
     3. Brownies choose two buttons for eyes and one for the nose, and they sew them onto the face.
     4. They can draw on the mouth, adding freckles if they wish.
     5. Some Brownies choose to use buttons to form the mouth.
     6. Use black marker to put their names on inner side of cord pockets.

Note: Since most Brownies have not sewn before, call parents to ask them to help their daughters thread
needles, knot thread, etc
.
Program Connections:

       Key to I Can # 6 Sewing Magic
       Key to the Arts ―super craft‖ – sewing. Teach the girls the sewing basics with this bag, while emphasizing
        the importance of taking care of their Brownie uniform and book. (It is not all ―Mom’s‖ job!) The girls are
        often very proud of their individual work, and never forget to bring it to meetings. They can use it for
        storing their book, sash, scarf and dues. The bags can also be used once the girls are in Guides.



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Recycling Relay

Number of people that can participate:        Unlimited


Time Required: 20 minutes


Terrain: Indoor


Equipment:

        Garbage – recyclable items (bottles, cans, etc.)
        Garbage (put actual garbage in Ziploc bags)
        Compost items
        Hazardous waste (batteries, paint cans)


Instructions:

    1.   Set up different areas marked Recycling, Garbage, Compost, and Hazardous Waste.
    2.   Split girls into teams for a relay race.
    3.   Give each team an equal number of items.
    4.   In a relay, have them run the items to the correct area.
    5.   After the race, get together as a whole group and discuss where the items are and whether or not they
         are in the correct area. If they aren’t, have the girls put them in the correct area.

Program Connections:

        Key to Living World #4B
        Key to Living World #5A




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Gift for a Special Person

Number of people that can participate:           Unit


Time Required: 1 Meeting


Terrain: Indoor


Equipment:

        Wax paper
        Towel
        Tissue paper hearts
        Iron
        Clear tape
        Cord or ribbon
        Card stock or old cards
        Scrapbooking cutter for hearts
        Scissors
        Dessert loaf for each girl
        Frozen tart crusts (adaption version)

Instructions:

    1.  Guider prepares dessert loaf before meeting – one per girl
    2.  Need two pieces of wax paper large enough to wrap around dessert loaf
    3.  Cut out hearts (or a shape that depicts the theme) out of tissue paper
    4.  Place hearts between the two sheets of wax paper and iron the wax paper
    5.  Wrap the dessert oafs with the wax paper and seal with clear tape
    6.  Wrap the loafs with a decorative cord or ribbon
    7.  Cut out a card from card stock or cut up an old card and have the girls do a special message to the
        person receiving the loaf
Adaptation:
This can be done with a pie or tarts and the girls decorate the box with different shapes.
You could have the girls make the dessert loaf, but add more than one meeting night for this activity.
You could have the girls put filling in store-bought tart crusts, but more meeting time would be needed.

Program Connections:

        If the girls do the baking, this could be used towards their Be a Chef badge




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