Saturday, 21 April 2012

Face painting Brownies for the Olympics

We started the new Brownie term this week, with a really fun start using the On Your Marks resource from Girlguiding UK

Three new Brownies (a fourth didn't turn up, and she's changed her mind about starting, so we have a fifth lined up for next week instead) joined us and all had a great time.

We picked a number of starting activities from the resource and one of them was a rings game: 5 leaders and helpers hid around the grounds of the place where we meet and the girls had to find them, then as they found each leader they had a ring drawn on to their face by the leader.

Each leader had a different colour of the Olympic rings so eventually the girls had the 5 Olympic rings painted across their faces - they looked fantastic! Even those with sensitive skin had a little dab on their faces or on their hands, so they all joined in really well - we'd obviously have come up with an alternative if there were any girls who weren't able to have face paints at all, but that wasn't necessary.

We bought the face paints from Baker Ross* - they are really good quality ones and will last us ages. They were £3.65 each as we bought 6** - the 5 Olympic ring colours and white, because then the blue and red can double up for Union Jack facepainting when we celebrate the Diamond Jubilee.
*Guiding leaders can get 10% off even this discounted rate, so we actually paid £3.29 each, if you are a leader and want to know more, then log into the members bit of the Guiding website.
**I'm not on commission from GGUK or Baker Ross, just passing on info that might be of use to other units.

More Olympics fun next week, we're going to concentrate on a single competing country.

Monday, 16 April 2012

Friendship bracelets for Sangam or Games Go Global with WAGGGS

I spotted two great ideas, thanks to a fabulous email list run by an American Girl Scout leader. Though this term coming up will be filled up with Olympics and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, I think we could do the bracelets next term as a worthy craft project. Games Go Global I doubt we can squeeze in but you never know.

Sangam bracelets
Sangam in India is one of four World Centres for Guiding - the other three are Pax Lodge in London (been there), Our Chalet in Switzerland (would LOVE to go there) and Our Cabana in Mexico.
They want Girl Guides and Girl Scouts from all over the world to make friendship bracelets and send them there, to be sold for 10 rupees (approx 20 US cents or 13 British pence) to support projects at the centre.
I really like the idea of our girls getting to make a craft - perhaps one for themselves and one for Sangam - that would be able to help others. So I'll be suggesting this one at our next leaders meeting.

Games Go Global - bronze, silver and gold

We're less likely to do this, as it is Olympic themed and I think our girls will be Olympics-ed out by the end of the term! There's a pack with a good balance of physical, mental and emotional activities, so it may even be a resource we use later without involving the badges - even on skimming it I spotted a few good ten minute games we could use as time-fillers. But for those who aren't embracing the GGUK On Your Marks resource quite as thoroughly as us, there could be some good evenings in here, and girls can earn bronze, silver or gold badges depending on how many activities they complete.

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Guiding even in Zurich

I was in Germany with my family for six days over Easter, and although the trip had nothing to do with Guiding, there was one tiny tiny little Guiding element.
When getting off the plane at Zurich Airport (yes, that's in Switzerland but it was the nearest airport), daughter spotted a girl a couple of rows behind was wearing a Big Gig hoodie.
Big Gig is a pop concert held at least once a year (this year, twice) in the UK for Guides and Senior Section members - they have a blast. Daughter's unit was hoping to go but did not get tickets this year, maybe next time. Cazbly's unit took a few girls though.
We did speak to the girl in the hoodie, she admitted she was really lucky to get to go and said she had a really good time.
Incidentally, Girlguiding UK does actually exist in Zurich too, though both my daughter and this girl are UK Guides, there is a Brownie unit and a Guide unit at an international school in Zurich too - I even sent a Brownie there a few years ago when she moved with her family!
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