Guides - hoping to try the taster activity about using your phone when crossing the road (can't remember the name - I don't have the cards in front of me just now!) and tie it in with some other 'personal safety' stuff over the next 2 weeks
UK Parliament week activities. The girls knew a surprising amount already, but loved acting the state opening of parliament, a debate followed by voting through the yes or no door, and a secret ballot to choose which sixer gave the best speech to become PM. They enjoyed it more than I expected
Guides were asked to come up with a 'GFI' theme 'Christmas' we were pleasantly surprised by the range of activities.
Rainbows tonight made some 'Frozen' themed tree decorations, we're displaying a tree at Waddow Hall's Tree Festival... Tonight the girls made icicles and snowflakes...and the glitter came out.
In Brownies, we are working on our Seasons badge and made star tubes to help us identify different constellations. Unfortunately, it was too cloudy to do stargazing but I showed them how to use a star wheel so hopefully we will be able to test it soon on a clearer night.
Tonight's starter (an activity lead by Sixers, in six corners, while everyone arrives) was making whizzers. Younger members may not be familiar with them - the girls certainly weren't. They're a square, circle or rectangle of strong card with 2 holes near the centre. You colour them, then make a long loop of string through the holes. You wind them up by spinning them round, then if you get a rhythm going you can keep them moving for hours. My Young Leaders had never seen them and there was much confusion that it as possible to make a toy with card and string, which didn't have batteries or an app! But they loved them, pronounced them cool, were fascinated by the whirring noise, went out showing parents at the end. Parents, of course, remembered them from their own days and started playing while the girls were getting shoes and coats. A good time was had by all!
Last night we tested an Explorer Skills Builder (Guides). Girls pulled their faces when we told them, however once they got into it, they seemed to enjoy it. It was a map reading, 6 figure grid references. Haven't had chance to read their feedback sheets yet!! Older ones got it, younger ones struggled although I think were beginning to understand.This was a Stage 3 so would be interesting to know what comes before.
Tonight at Rainbows we are making tree decorations card circles with wool wound round and I'm sure they'll talk about our meal out at a restaurant last Friday.
We had a District Brownie Christmas party this week. Wreath and biscuit decorating, paper chains, chocolate dice game, Christmas themed drawings and a "Rudolph's Tail" game. Then musical statues and party food. All had a blast... I think I enjoyed it more than the girls!
Ah, it was probably the surface of the plasticine that did it then. Thanks! We tried different sizes of glitter (tiny stuff and bigger stars and flakes). The larger sizes were fine but the small glitter coated the models... it looked very Christmasy but not what we had expected!
So inspired by the 'keeping up with the Flossies' thread I'm going to post about all our normal meetings so far this term - to keep the balance so we're not only reading about the things that go well!
Week 1 - choosing ideas for the term (okay but nothing out of the ordinary); tried the treasure hunter activity out of the new programme taster pack that they'd chosen previously - but the Guides discovered that rescuing the treasure by poking at it with their sticks rather than tie-ing knots as intended was much easier.....
That weekend - an overnight which was very good - but 2 days beforehand it looked like it might be a disaster as we had problems with both leaders and transport. Also we were partly only doing a residential because we hadn't been able to go camping in the summer (for the first time ever....) because of lack of leaders with sufficient leave simultaneously....
Week 2 - the hall was really cold and it was only the evening after the residential so the Guides that made it were really tired - we did nothing at all of our planned programme and instead sat around drinking hot chocolate while laughing about the weekend.
Week 3 - had to cancel completely as all leaders either ill or otherwise unavailable....
Week 4 (coming up!) - we might finally get going properly!
Rainbows - games night to break back in after Christmas hols
Guides - discussed the global plastic problem, referred to Blue Planet which they had all seen on TV over Christmas.
Listed all plastic items we use in a day and any alternatives we could come up with.
I got a few ideas from a really old resource I found online - One was a game about who eats who in the ocean and then when you replace some of the animals with plastic items the food chain is interrupted and some of them die (sounds morbid but it was good) The other was an activity where you put an elastic band round one wrist/hand and try to get it off as if you are a sea creature who is entangled in plastic (so no other hand/teeth etc to be used) - simple but powerful.
We finished with an idea I had seen on here a few weeks ago - making pictures using plastic straws - can't remember who posted it! So we were able to re-use some plastic that might otherwise have ended up as rubbish.
16th Jan - cancelled because of the snow!
Rainbows - activities from Roundabout Seasons - indoor snowball fight and thunder song. We also did a dressing up relay race where they had to put on hat/gloves/scarf wellies
Guides - we had planned a games night for last week for the girls coming back from exams, so we had it last night instead. Played uni-hockey, playing card relay, a quickfire quiz and another game I spotted on here recently (playing cards/sweets)
So we have had a really fun but cheap couple of meetings, all I had to buy was a few sweets!