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Weekly Discussion: I failed at it so you don’t have to!

Discussion in 'General Guiding' started by badgemad4, Jan 29, 2018.

  1. badgemad4

    badgemad4 Veteran (100+ posts)

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    The past few WDs have been mainly discussion or debate based, I thought it might be nice to throw an activity one in!

    Over the past five years or so short videos for craft/activities/cooking/hacks have become very popular. Some of these are not very instructional but may have seemingly good ideas. Lots of the content on the GG FB groups include these type of videos, and one of the most helpful things is knowing- did it actually work?!

    Please put below links to activities that you have tried based off a video or “random” webpage (a google find rather than a faithful site) and:
    • If it worked
    • How costly it was (time and finance)
    • If it needed any tweaks to work
    • If it doesn’t work due to regional limitations (for example an ingredient isn’t available for sale in the UK)
    • Other considerations
     
  2. badgemad4

    badgemad4 Veteran (100+ posts)

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    We had a go at making mind jars. It turns out it’s really hard to find a large enough amount of clear glue! There are also very few recipes that don’t call for glitter, so if you are trying to be a glitter free unit it’s tricky! The link we used is no longer active.
     
  3. Trinny

    Trinny Veteran (100+ posts)

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    Ugh, I hate those videos. The crafts usually aren't that good (because they don't take that long), and often don't really teach the girls new skills or techniques. I tend to ignore them for those reasons, but I have done some crafts from Pinterest before. I try and post my version of it to Pintrest after the meeting so that there is a realistic expectation for anyone else trying it!
    I prefer to do crafts using the materials we already have, or free materials we can scavenge from elsewhere - we were recently given 20 pairs of white leg warmers and 12 pairs of red leg warmers from a closed down dance school and we made stuffed snowmen. So for me, I look at craft the other way around: not what do I need to make, but what can I make from.
     
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  4. ker-stee

    ker-stee SGP Enthusiast GuiderPlus

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    We made lollypop stick bird feeders. They just didn't go well, we found getting the string in the right place (And staying there to be difficult) and then the lollypop sticks just seemed to slide around...
     
  5. ker-stee

    ker-stee SGP Enthusiast GuiderPlus

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    In fact, here's a blog I wrote about how well it didn't go! 15th January
     
  6. Fox

    Fox Brownie-induced madness

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    ker-stee SGP Enthusiast GuiderPlus

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    We've made those with the children at Church, the birds didn't like them at all... And it would take my Brownies seconds to do which is why we tried a more 'challenging' one!
     
  8. MsLaurie

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    We tried to do “jars with glow worms”, using broken-open glow sticks.
    Well that was a total waste of time, just sticky stuff on the floor, nothing much in the jar, and no glow!!
     
  9. Epona

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    We've failed at that one too! We did it in the dark in some woodland so it was cold enough for that the mix didn't glow very much. The netting inside the jar helped dispersal quite alot but nothing like the pinterest pic. Our splashes did make the woodland glade a bit spooky for the next few nights though...
     
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    Glow sticks are fun in the bath in the dark but DO NOT as some Pinterest suggestions say, break them open to make the bath water glowing (I didn't - but it would be dangerous!)
    They might actually be good in something like a baby bath for a spooky night, in the dark.
    Or maybe fishing with a hook-a-duck stick?
     
  12. Kochanski

    Kochanski Veteran (100+ posts)

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    Our worst fail was years ago when a Brownie requested that the whole pack try an activity she'd seen in the Brownie magazine. We poured plaster of Paris into egg shells one week and, the week after, all 24 girls sat down to crack the shells off and reveal, the pictures promised, a shape that we could paint up to make cute little owls. Well the plaster was firmly stuck to the shells and although we chipped away for the whole evening, getting increasingly aggressive in the thwacks, we eventually had to give up and admit defeat. Needless to say, we learned our lesson and have never since done a craft with girls that we haven't checked out first!
     
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  13. elenopa

    elenopa Brownie Guider

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    A few years ago, we spotted this idea for chocolate roll reindeer. It looked really easy.

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    Unfortunately, we ended up with reindeer roadkill as the mini chocolate rolls just broke apart when you tried to attach anything to them.
     
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