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February Program Ideas

February is Heart month! If you haven‘t already done so, it‘s time to get active and start a lifelong fight against heart disease. Why not check out the
Newfoundland and Labrador Fit For Life challenge this month? There
are three different colours of crests available for this challenge from the Newfoundland and Labrador council at a cost of $0.70 each.

Feb 14-20 is Random Acts of Kindness week – a great time to provide service while experiencing the joy of passing along kindness. Can‘t decide
what to do? Find many kindness ideas online.

Of course, we won‘t forget Guide – Scout week, Feb 20-27 with Thinking Day on Feb 22. Some fun dates this month are:

Feb3: Chinese New Year. If you didn‘t do Zoe‘s Trek Around the World – China challenge last month, you could work on it this week. Or have a Chinese New Year celebration where you could make Chinese lanterns and fans (which you could use while singing the Chinese Fan song). Practice using chopsticks by playing a fun chopsticks game then tasting a variety of Chinese foods, such as rice, spring rolls and Chinese tea. There are a wide selection of traditional Chinese games you could play, then end the meeting by giving each girl some ―lucky money‖ (a foil- wrapped chocolate coin) inside a special envelope.

Feb 11: Be Electrific Day. February 11 was the birthday of Thomas Edison and this day is dedicated to honour him and recognize his electrical inventions, including the light bulb.

Not only can we celebrate these inventions, but we can also discover the electricity of our own bodies – by skating across the carpet and creating some static electricity.

Some meeting ideas for this special day include trying a light bulb science experiment, comparing incandescent and compact fluorescent light bulbs, and playing some flashlight games.

Feb 14: Library Lovers Day. Have you taken your girls on a field trip to the library, yet? You would be amazed at how many girls have never visited their public library! There are amazing resources for them at the library. Contact your local library to set up a field trip date – include a tour of the facilities followed by story time. Maybe you can get them to also allow for a story-related craft while you‘re there!

Feb 20: Love Your Pet Day. Have a pet themed meeting. Bring photos of pets in to the meeting and allow the girls to share stories about their pets. Have a special guest speaker come in from the local SPCA or rescue society to talk about pet care and pet first aid. Play pet games, then make a pet puppet for everyone to take home with them.

Feb 27: Academy Awards Night. Provide the girls with VIP passes to attend the meeting, and have them come in fancy clothing. Hang twinkle lights up within your meeting space and have a leader act as the paparazzi taking lots of photos. Make scrapbook albums to insert pictures from the evening into. Serve popcorn and play Hollywood games.

Active Living Toolbox

activelivingActive living is how people choose to be physically active everyday in their community at school, work, home or play. Every district should have an Active Living Toolbox. They were distributed by the BC Program Committee in the fall of 2008.

Here‘s what this toolbox contains:

  • A waterproof tote
  • Hacky sack
  • Bean bag
  • Chinese skipping rope
  • Colourful bouncy ball
  • Jump rope
  • Tennis ball
  • Beachball
  • Collapsible Frisbee
  • Booklet with Active Living program resources

The Active Living Challenge is posted to the BC Girl Guides website, and several of the activities refer to this toolbox. Of course, you could find your own supplies to complete the challenge, but this resource is available in your district, so USE IT!

Quebec Chocolate Challenge

Quebec Chocolate ChallengeNote: this article was written for the January 2011 issue of Program Jewels. Since then, Quebec has reissued the challenge and brought out a new crest.

Who doesn‘t love chocolate? With Valentines Day falling right in the middle of the month, February is a fabulous time to celebrate chocolate!

The Quebec Chocolate Challenge was issued in 2004.

All branches must do A or B and up to 9 challenges below.

Sparks must complete 3 other challenges, Brownies 5, Guides 7, PF and Rangers 9.

A. Build a Chocolate Timeline.

Chocolate has been around a long time. Learn about the history of chocolate and how it first came to North America. Then create a timeline showing the important dates in Chocolate history. (http://www.chocolatemonthclub.com/chocolatehistory.htm)

OR

B. Do Some Chocolate Geography.

Learn about how beans become chocolate. Using a world map locate where cacao beans are grown. Where is most chocolate processed and consumed? What journey does the cacao bean undergo from picking to ending up as a bar of chocolate. (http://thestoryofchocolate.com/index.cfm)

Additional challenges:

1. Play a Kim’s Game. Cut 10 different chocolate bars into pieces. How many different kinds of bars can you identify by looking at the cross sections.

2. What is fair trade chocolate? Which companies produce it? Compare the cost of a bar of fair trade chocolate with other well-known bars of an equivalent size.

3. Become a Chocolate Tester. Hold a chocolate tasting event. What is the difference in taste between ―bitter, semi-sweet and sweet‖ and ―milk, dark and white chocolate‖? Which do you like best?

4. Find chocolate facts. There are many myths and misconceptions about chocolate. Research 3 of the following: chocolate and acne, antioxidants, caffeine, cravings, tooth decay, nutrients, weight control, or cocoa butter. (http://thestoryofchocolate.com/index.cfm)

5. Create a Chocolate Tree. Using candy bar wrappers create a chocolate tree. Compare the nutritional information on the wrappers. Which have the most and least calories? Why? Organize the wrappers to reflect their nutritional qualities.

6. Share a chocolate recipe. Bring in your favourite recipes involving chocolate and share it with your friends. Put together a cookbook for your unit.

7. Be Daring. Make instant chocolate pudding together, then finger-paint with it.

8. Chocolate as money. Explain that a long time ago, a group of people used cacao beans as money. Have the girls pretend that Canada will be using M&M‘s for money. Discuss the good points and the bad points.

9. Do a survey. Keep a record of all the chocolate you eat over a week. Compare your results with the other girls in your unit. What brands and varieties of chocolate are the most popular?

10. Make sweets. Make a selection of sweets using melted chocolate. Work out how much they cost to make and compare this with similar store bought chocolate.

11. Make a chocolate dessert. Bring it in and share it with your unit. Check out the following recipe websites:

12. Make a chocolate craft. Check out the following websites for making a craft out of chocolate.

13. Examine different cookies. Buy several different brands of chocolate chip cookies. Challenge the girls to estimate how many chips are in different cookies, then take them apart like an archeologist does, and find out how many are really there. You may find out how the cookies are alike or different.

14. Create chocolate drama. Have the girls create funny chocolate stories or skits.

  1. The Day it Rained Chocolate
  2. What will I do? I‘m locked in a candy store
  3. This is so weird! I took a bite of my _____ and……
  4. A giant chocolate bar came up to me and started crying saying…..
  5. One morning, I woke up and had a bad case of chocolate fever/chocolate sniffles/chocolate pops.

January Service Ideas

Part of Program is to provide service to our communities.  Following are 10 ideas for service in January.

  1. Shovel snow in your community.
  2. Collect winter hats and mittens for children and families in shelters.
  3. Run errands for the elderly.
  4. Make get-well craft kits for children in the hospital.
  5. Hold a blanket drive for homeless shelters, safe houses or babies in crisis.
  6. Help out with a “wish list” from the facility in which you meet.
  7. Make bird feeders to hang outside the windows of a hospice.
  8. Serve hot chocolate to community members.
  9. Bake cookies for the entire staff at a school.
  10. Collect pet food, blankets, towels, toys and other supplies for an animal shelter.

 

Vermicomposter

First of all, what is vermicomposting, you ask?  Vermicomposting is composting using red wiggler earth worms.  These little creatures are able to produce some of the richest compost in the world just by doing what comes naturally to them: eating and processing organic waste.

The great thing about vermicomposting is that you can do it anywhere – in your yard or even just under your kitchen sink.  In areas where regular compost bins are not allowed, you can still compost with a vermicomposter.

By vermicomposting, you are helping to reduce the amount of waste that goes to the landfill and creating excellent compost to feed your garden.

Supplies needed:

  • Plastic tub with lid (we used extra “Science in a Box” bins)
  • Small drill
  • Shredded newspaper
  • Red wiggler worms (Eisenia foetida) *
  • Kitchen scraps
  • Coffee grounds (Starbucks will give you grounds for free!)
  • A boot mat

Instructions:

  1. Drill about a dozen holes along the bottom of the bin to allow for drainage.
  2. Drill about a dozen holes in the lid to allow for air circulation.
  3. Fill the bin half full of moistened shredded newspaper.
  4. Add a couple of cups of coffee grounds to the top of the newspaper.
  5. Add the worms to the bin on top of the coffee grounds.
  6. Place the cover on the bin.
  7. Place the bin in a location where it will not be disturbed, away from heat sources and on top of the boot mat (to catch drips).
  8. Leave the worms alone in the bin for the first week.  Don’t feed them during that first week.
  9. After a week, add kitchen scraps to the bin, in the corners, under the newspaper.  Include vegetables, coffee grounds, tea leaves, fruit, pasta, rice, potatoes, stale cake or bread, grains, egg shells.  Use fruit sparingly, however.  Do not add pet waste, dairy products, fatty or oily foods, meat, fish or bones, or anything non-biodegradable.  Cut the food into small pieces (no more than an inch in length) – remember, a worm is going to eat it!
  10. At first, wait five days between feedings. You can increase the feeding time to every four days after about a month.  After a few months, you can feed them daily.
  11. Rotate your feeding location around the four corners of the bin, adding to a different corner with each feeding.

* Vermicomposting worms are available on the internet, at bait shops and sometimes from pet stores.

After a few months you should have enough worms to start a new bin, or to share with your friends.

Vermicomposting bins are a great way to teach kids that they don’t need to be afraid of insects and bugs.

Have fun composting!

 

Flexagon

What is a flexagon, you ask? At first glance it looks innocuous enough, like a folded hexagon or square, a child’s fortune teller or cootie catcher, or a piece of origami. But look closely and you’ll see hidden layers lurking between the front and back. When you fold or pinch corners together, the flexagon “flexes,” meaning a formerly hidden layer will come to light as the top layer folds underneath. It all sounds complicated but is really pretty simple when you see an actual flexagon in action.

Mathematicians refer to flexagons as “mathematical oddities.” That’s because flexagons have very complex mathematical structures. As the flexagon is flexed, sections shift position to create an almost kaleidoscopic effect, and different faces come into view, in cyclic order. Mathematicians enjoy analyzing the structure and dynamic behavior of flexagons. Laypeople just enjoy playing with them.

Flexagons can be made in several shapes and sizes, with complicated names like “trihexaflexagon” or “heptahexaflexagon”.  Below are the instructions for a simple flexagon that you can make with your girls.

Supplies needed:

  • One piece of 8.5×11” paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Tape

Instructions:

  1. Fold the paper so that the long edge is in quarters and the short edge is in thirds (as shown)
  2. Number the squares as shown.
  3. Flip the paper over and number the back as shown.
  4. With the front side showing, cut along the dotted line.
  5. Fold the “door” back behind the far left 3.
  6. Fold the 3 on the left side on top of the other 3 so you get a vertical line of 1s.
  7. Then fold the right hand side back between the 2s and 3s and then fold again between the 1s and 2s so you should get six 1s showing.
  8. Stick a piece of tape between the two middle 1s (make sure it is only on the middle squares!)  On the back should be the 2s.  Fold this back to get the 3s.  Fold it again to get the 4s.

Front:

flexagon1

Back:
flexagon2

Fold:

flexagon3

Tape:

flexagon4

Image and instruction source: http://www.mathemagic.org/MathsAndArt/flexagon.htm

Chuck the Chicken Game

This game is difficult to explain, but a lot of fun to play.

Supplies needed:

  • A rubber chicken (available from pet stores)

Instructions:

  1. Split your players into two teams. The goal of the game is to earn your team points, however, earning points takes a lot of work!
  2. Team A starts off with possession of the rubber chicken. They form a line and pass the chicken from the back of their line to the front in the following manner – through the legs of the second-last person in line, then over the head of the next person, then through the legs of the next person, and so on.
  3. Team B starts off by scrunching themselves into the smallest human ‘knot’ possible, all except for one player on the team. This player needs to run around and around the outside of the clump of Team B players. For each full circuit of the clump, the team earns one point.
  4. When the chicken reaches the front of the line of Team A, the person at the front of the line yells “CHUCK THE CHICKEN!” as loud as they can and throws the chicken as far away as possible. Team A then immediately forms into a clump and one person starts to run laps around the clump, earning Team A points.
  5. When Team B hears Team A yell “CHUCK THE CHICKEN”, they immediately break off from their point-gathering and run to wherever the chicken has landed. They form a line like Team A did at the beginning of the game and pass the chicken up the line – under one person’s legs, over the next person’s head, under legs, etc. When the chicken reaches the front of the line, the leader yells “CHUCK THE CHICKEN!”, throws the chicken away, and Team B goes back to the clump formation to keep adding points to their score.
  6. This craziness continues for as many rounds as you like – or until everyone is so exhausted that you have to stop. Just ensure that each team gets an equal number of opportunities to gain points. At the end of the game, whichever team has more points wins!

Bob the Weasel Game

Summary: A simple circle game, in which the person in the middle has to find a hidden object.

Goal: Don’t end up in the middle of the circle.

Supplies needed:

  • A small object to represent Bob the Weasel – we used a wooden spoon with a face drawn on it.

Instructions:

  1. Have all the kids create a circle, facing inwards. They need to be shoulder-to-shoulder (very cozy!). Choose one person to be the Bob seeker. This person needs to stand in the middle of the circle.
  2. Explain the rules: The object will be passed from person to person behind their backs. Everyone in the circle needs to say “Bob the Weasel…Keep it Going…Keep it Going” (over and over again) while pretending to pass the object behind their backs to the next person’s hand, to try and fool the seeker. The object can be passed in different directions. The seeker will have to guess who has the object.
  3. Ask the seeker to close her eyes. Spin her around in circles. Have the kids start chanting and passing the object. After a few seconds, tell the seeker to open her eyes and try to guess who has “Bob”.
  4. If the seeker has her back to the person with “Bob”, that circle member can hold it up for everyone to see.  When they see “Bob” they may call out “I saw the weasel! I saw the weasel!” then return to the original chant.
  5. The game continues until “Bob” is found. The person with “Bob” now gets to be the next person in the middle.

Snow Painting

Supplies needed:

  • Food colouring
  • Water
  • Old bowl
  • Paintbrushes
  • Spray Bottles
  • Old, warm clothing

Instructions:

Add about ten drops of food coloring in any shade you like to about three teaspoons of water in a bowl that it’s okay to get dirty. (For each color you want to make, use one bowl.) This is the paint for you to brush on.

Fill the spray bottles with cold water. (Hot and even warm water could melt the snow too much.) Add a few drops of food colouring to the bottles so that you have one bottle of red, one of blue, and one of yellow water. Be sure that the bottles have enough coloring in them to make the colors visible once they are sprayed on the snow. Carry your colourful “paint” outside.

Pack a four-foot by four-foot section of snow hard and firm to make your canvas.

Now, spray the colors onto the snow using your spray bottles. Or paint right on the snow with your paintbrushes.

Be sure to wear older clothes that you can dirty up, because food colouring doesn’t wash out of most fabrics.

Cooperative Drawing

Source: GGC, Ontario Council, Program Resources Section

Number of people that can participate: unlimited
Time required: any length of time
Terrain: indoor

Supplies needed:

  • Large chart paper (with enough pages so each girl has her own)
  • Markers-one per girl
  • Timer

Instructions:

  1. Let the unit choose a topic (i.e. snowfall fun, what I‟d do with $1 million, my dream room, etc). If the girls can‟t decide on a theme, write ideas on slips of paper and draw from a hat.
  2. Give each girl a piece of paper and let her choose a marker.
  3. Allow the girls to have a set amount of time to draw, explaining that they will not have time to finish the drawing.
  4. When time is up, the girls put their drawings down and go and sit in front of another piece of paper. Give them a set time to continue the drawing someone else started.
  5. Have them respond to what the previous person has drawn. This will eliminate duplication of drawings.
  6. The girls keep rotating around the papers, adding something to each drawing.
  7. At the end, you can do the following with the drawings:
    1. Have the girls present the last drawing they end up with and describe it.
    2. Use the drawings to spark a creative writing or story-telling session.
    3. Describe how the drawing is related to the theme of the day.

Adaptation for Special Needs: Stress creative drawing, and the fact that we all draw in different ways. For younger girls, take the time to show them different artwork to emphasize that all drawing types can be great!