Fun, Easy and Inexpensive Thanksgiving Craft Ideas for Daisy and Brownie Girl Scouts

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It is hard to believe that November is here! Planning your meetings while knee deep in your own personal Thanksgiving preparations and celebrations can be overwhelming if you are not prepared. I always liked to use craft kits for kids when I could, as I started leading a troop long before Pinterest was around. It made these late fall meetings easier to prepare.

Easy Thanksgiving Craft Ideas for Daisy and Brownie leaders

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Here are some inexpensive craft kits to help your troop stay busy and to help them earn Daisy petals (Considerate and Caring or Be a Sister to Every Girl Scout) .

Make a Turkey Sticker Sheets

Available from Current Catalog and on a super sale now, these sticker sheets create a turkey that can be the front of a Thanksgiving card. Take them or mail them to a senior citizen home or a food pantry to put in a bag of food that is given out over the holiday season.

Set of 12 Make a Turkey sticker sheets can be used to make Thanksgiving cards for others.

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Dressing the turkey takes on a new meaning with these cute sticker sheets. Each includes a turkey body and 22 face-part and accessory stickers. The largest sticker is 2-1/2″ x 3-1/4″, and the c ompleted turkey is approximately 4″ tall.

Thanksgiving and fall themed stickers for crafts

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This autumnal set comes with 66 stickers to decorate cards or gift bags for others. It is also on a super sale.

Pumpkin fall stickers for Thanksgiving cards

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Thanksgiving Craft Kits

Here are some other fun Thanksgiving craft kits to make your life easier before Turkey Day!

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After talking about what the girls are Thankful for, they can make these turkeys, which come in a set of 4.

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Need a large amount of turkeys? This best selling craft kit has enough materials for 24!

Make a Beaded Craft

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Make necklaces and bracelets for sister scouts or for family and friends with this fall foam bead assortment that contains 500 beads. 

Daisy Girl Scout Meeting Calendar for Your Second Year

For second year Daisy troop leaders, there is a sense of relief that you made it through the first year. Learning the ropes is not easy…it is a learn as you go volunteer position with varying degrees of help. While I was fortunate to have a great Service Unit to guide me, I know from many forum posts and Facebook groups that it is not always the case. That is one of the reasons I started this blog over seven years ago!

A reoccuring question that has been asked over and over again is What do I do with my second year Daisy troop if we did all the petals the first year?

I have the answer for you…and it does not include doing a Journey!

Daisy Girl Scout meeting ideas for your second year without having to do a Journey

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Even if you have new girls joining your troop who have not earned any petals yet, these activities can help them earn them while reinforcing their concepts with the girls who are in their second year. Young children need repetition, and the Girl Scout Law is woven throughout all the years a girl is involved with scouting.

You will find your second year Daisy Girl Scout meeting plans from September to December on my Daisy Girl Scout blog.


More Books to Help You Earn Daisy Petals

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On my Daisy Girl Scout blog, I shared some wonderful children’s books that could help you start your meetings that involved earning a Daisy petal. As a teacher since 1987,  I can honestly say that I am enamored with books. I have to go to the bookstore alone (yes, I still visit mine!) so I can peruse the newer titles in children’s literature. While hand held devices are fine, I am simply old fashioned. I love the way a book feels in my hand!

While you do not want to be formulatic and begin every Daisy meeting with a book, it is a quiet way to introduce the concept you want to teach.

Here are some new titles for you to use to help your troop earn Daisy petals.

Books to Earn the Spring Green Daisy Petal Considerate and Caring

Read this funny book about a cake and a cyclops to earn the Daisy Spring Green petal, considerate and caring.

Good manners are very important for people of every age. When people forget to say even the simplest “thank you” we tend to get upset.  If you think cakes are sweet, then think again. In Rude Cakes, a cake is taken by a giant cyclops and is taught the value of having good manners.

Books to Earn the Yellow Daisy Petal, Friendly and Helpful

Earn the yellow Daisy petal, Friendly and Helpful, by reading this book that has an anti-bullying message.

Stick and Stone is a sweet book on how to lonely character find each other and help each other out. One day, a pine cone makes fun of Stone and Stick “sticks up” for this person (he is not bystander!). An unlikely union begins. One day. Stick gets blown away…will Stone help him out the way Stick helped him?

The ending is also important…Pine Cone apologizes for teasing Stone. This is another great message to teach young girls.

Books to Earn the Purple Daisy Petal, Respect Myself and Others

It is very important to learn to love ourselves for who we are. Not in a conceited kind of way, but in a way that promotes self respect. While no one is perfect, we were made just who we were supposed to be. There is no one else on this planet like you.

But, sometimes we wish we were smarter, thinner, richer, etc. We can try to make improvements to ourselves by eating right, exercising, and taking time to slow down and breathe, but it is inward where we all need to find peace and self-acceptance.

To earn the Purple daisy petal, read I Don't Want to Be a Frog. This book is about a frog who wants to be anything BUT a frog. A funny lesson in self-acceptance.

In this funny book, I Don’t Want to Be a Frog,  a young frog is upset because he wants to be anything BUT a frog. His father calmly explains why he cannot be a pig or a cat or a rabbit. Told with humor, children learn that being yourself is the most important thing to be.

Have You Filled a Bucket Today can be used to earn several different Daisy petals.

Treating others with kindness and respect, being considerate and caring, being responsible for what you say and do, and making the world a better place-Have You Filled a Bucket Today can be used for any and all of these Daisy petals.

Books to Earn the Light Blue Daisy Petal, Honest and Fair

What happens when we lie to another person? The one we lied to can no longer trust what we say. It is along road to earn back another human being’s trust.

Young children tell lies for many reasons. One of the most frequent fibs is the one where they deny that they did not do whatever s/he is accused of doing.

Ruhty does not always tell the truth. Read this book to  start your Daisy meeting to earn the light blue petal, honest and fair.

In Truthy Ruthy, we are introduced to Ruthy, who denies any wrongdoing when she is asked by her father who messed up the walls or who ate the candy.

Of course, she cannot get away with telling a lie! Her father devises a plan that will finally have Ruthy understand why it is important to tell the truth.

When kids lie, it builds and builds. Read this book to start your Daisy meeting that will have your troop earning the Honest and Fair petal.

One lie can lead to another..and another…and another. In Lying Up a Storm, children learn what happens when one person has to tell one lie on top of another, and it brews up like a storm inside of you.

Books to Earn the Red Daisy Petal, Courageous and Strong

It is hard to do something new, especially in front of others. We do not want to fail and we do not want to be laughed at, either. But what if we really, really ant to do it?

Giraffe has the courage to try to dance in front of others, even when they tell him he can't. Earn the red Daisy petal, Courageous and Strong, by reading this to the girls.In Giraffes Can’t Dance, leggy and knobby kneed Gerald is a giraffe who wants to dance at the jungle dance that is being held. When he does make an attempt, the other animals make fun of him. But when a wise cricket helps him and tells  him that he can dance, all he needs is to find a different song, Gerald knows what he has to do.

This book can also be used to earn the yellow Daisy petal, Friendly and Helpful.

This raindrop does not want to drop. He needs courage to leave his comfort zone of the cloud where he lives. Will he be able to drop? A great story for helping your girls earn the red Daisy petal, Courageous and Strong. When life is easy, we are comfortable. We do not want to make a change, even if it is good for us. Kids feel the same way…think about the first day of school or their first practice with a new team. In Don’t Be Afraid to Drop!, a raindrop learns the valuable lesson of having the courage to try something new.

Books to Help You Earn the Green Daisy Petal, Use Resources Wisely

For children today, the three “r”‘s are not just about reading, writing and arithmetic; they are about reduce, reuse and recycle. Not a new concept for those who grew up a century ago, but it is one that we teach our children at home and in schools.

A fun way to alunch your meeting to earn the green Daisy petal, Use Resources Wisely, is to read this Earth Day book featuring Biscuit.

There are so many wonderful crafts you can make from recycled products, it will be a fun and easy meeting for you to plan. You can launch it by reading Biscuit’s Earth Day Celebration. This is an easy and enjoyable read for kindergarten and first grade girls who can do all of the activities that Biscuit does.

These are just some of the terrific books you can read to your troop to earn Daisy petals!


How to Earn More Than One Daisy Girl Scout Petal During One Troop Meeting

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Your Girl Scout troop can earn more than one Daisy petal during a single troop meeting.  This is important if you find yourself running short of time and have more petals to earn.

Here are some great ways to earn more than one Daisy petal during a meeting.

 

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How to Earn Multiple Daisy Petals

There are many activities that you can do to earn more than one Daisy Girl Scout Petal during a single troop meeting. Because Daisy Girl Scouts are in kindergarten and first grade, many troop leaders decide to meet only once a month. Since there are ten Daisy petals and the Promise Center, you may not have enough meetings to finish your flower. If you are a first grade troop, then you only have one year to earn them all as opposed to two.

Be aware that there are some Service Units that do not believe that you should be doing more than one petal at a meeting. While each and every part of the Girl Scout Law needs and deserves it’s own learning activity, the truth is that some troops form late and in order to achieve their goal of earning every petal, they have to combine some of them in order to complete the Daisy.

Daisy Petal Combinations

Many of the Daisy Girl Scout petals are closely related to each other, making it easier to do an activity to earn the petals at the same time. For example, the yellow petal “Friendly and Helpful” can be tied in with the spring green petal “Considerate and Caring”. You can do a community service project like collecting canned goods for a food pantry or collecting old towels, paper towels, and pet toys for an animal shelter.

Other Daisy Girl Scout petals that you can earn at one troop meeting are:

Green “Use Resources Wisely” and Rose “Make the World a Better Place” You can use an old milk carton or soda bottle, make a planter and plant a flower. Transplant the flowers when they are too big for the container.

Orange “Responsible for What I Say and Do” and Purple “Respect Myself and Others” Make a chart of responsibilities for the girls to do at home. They are responsible for their chores and by doing them, they respect themselves and the members of their family.  Follow up at the next meeting to see how the chore chart is working.

Rose “Make the World a Better Place” and Violet “Be a Sister to Every Girl Scout” Being kind to others makes the world a nicer place to live in. Being respectful and considerate to all of the Daisy Scouts in your troop make meetings much pleasant for everyone.. You can do a “Secret Sister” activity in the weeks preceding your meeting. Let the big reveal be a part of the meeting and see if the girls guessed who their Secret Sister was.

There are many other ways to earn more than one Daisy Girl Scout petal during one troop meeting. Your co-leader and you can decide together how to do it.

This Book Can Be Used for Multiple Petal Activities

Reading a book is a great way to launch a meeting for your troop. Young children love stories, and you will hold their attention in a quiet manner by starting off this way.

This book can be used for a Daisy Girl Scout meeting about being considerate and caring and friendly and helpful.

This book can be used for a meeting where you plan on having your troop earn two or more petals.. Being polite and kind can be tied into these petals- “Being a sister to every Girl Scout”, “Friendly and Helpful”, “Considerate and Caring”, “Respect Myself and Others”,and “Responsible for What I Say and Do.”

Two other meeting ideas that can help you earn multiple Daisy petals are these:

During Girl Scout cookie season, there are a lot of leftover cartons. Before you break them down to recycle, turn these into a community service project. How to Earn Four Daisy Petals With One Girl Scout Cookie Carton shows you how.

During Earth Day, you can plant Daisy seeds and earn three Daisy petals. Read How to Earn Three Daisy Petals With One Two Liter Bottle to learn how.

Daisy Girl Scout Leader Resources

Are you a brand new Daisy Girl Scout leader? Are you trying to figure our how to start your troop?

I have some online resources for you!

Here is a list of online resources that new Daisy leaders can use for planning their first or second year of troop meetings.

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First, there is this blog!  I began writing it to help other leaders and I have hundreds of posts with resources for you.  Just go to the “Search” box and type in what you want to find.

Second, I have a blog devoted solely to Daisy Girl Scouts!  It is called Daisy Girl Scout Activities and you will find all kinds of information there just for you.

Third, there is my favorite forum, Girl Scout Moms at Babycenter.com  There you will find practical advice from active leaders. You will be able to ask questions from other leaders and find the support that you need from those who have “been there” and those who are new like yourself.

Here are ideas on why and how to make a Kaper Chart.

What does a Girl Scout leader need?  Here are some more resources for you.

I have many pinboards devoted to Girl Scouts and several just for Daisy Scouts. Here they are:

Daisy Girl Scouts

Daisy Girl Scout Journeys

How to Earn the Blue Promise Center

How to Earn the Yellow Daisy Petal

How to Earn the Orange Daisy Petal

How to Earn the Purple Daisy Petal

How to Earn the Violet Daisy Petal

How to Earn the Magenta Daisy Petal

How to Earn the Green Daisy Petal

How to Earn the Rose Daisy Petal

How to Earn the Red Daisy Petal

How to Earn the Light Blue Daisy Petal

How to Earn the Spring Green Daisy Petal

Makingfriends.com is a fantastic site full of wonderful free resources for Daisy leaders. It was my go-to site when I was starting out.

Check out the sidebar on my blog to see pertinent articles for Daisy leaders!

There is also my book Daisy Girl Scout Leader:Tips for Running a Successful Troop.  I wrote this as a guide to launch the new leader in greater detail.  No Journeys are discussed, as I firmly believe that they should be saved for the second year if done at all.

If you have any tips for new Daisy Girl Scout leaders, please drop in a share!