Here is an easy and inexpensive seasonal craft that you can make with your Daisy or Brownie troop. My daughter actually did this as a craft during her class Spring Party. It is inexpensive and simple! Depending on what season you do this, you can select different foam shapes. Fall can have leaves and pumpkins, winter snowmen and snowflakes (it can say “Happy Holidays”), and spring flowers and insects!
1. At home, you need to cut the yarn into 24 inch long strands, one for each girl. On the non-marble side, glue the yarn across one inch from the top. Fold the top of the paper over and glue the sides down. This is how the project will hang.
2. Spell out the name of the season and place in a snack size baggie for each girl.
At the Meeting
You can read a seasonal book to the girls to start off the meeting. Hand each girl a prepped piece of construction paper and the baggie of letters. They can put the foam shapes any place they want.
You can also do this for a Mother’s Day or Father’s Day craft!
I am a member of the Twittermoms group “Girl Scout Leader Moms” . We are a small and helpful group who share ideas for scouts leaders on every level.
A recent posting by the group’s creator got me thinking and I wanted to share what I came up with.
Nancy, the creator of the group, wanted to recycle the Girl Scout cookie cartons she had and asked for ideas. I came up with two.
The first was to have the girls make houses for their stuffed animals. My 7.5 year old twins have been doing this for years at home with our cartons. They cut windows and doors, make furniture out of playdough, paper, or any other materials that we have on hand, and make wallpaper and carpet to give it a more homey look.
The second idea was to decorate the outside of the boxes and to collect items for an animal shelter or a food bank. It made the presentation of the donations much prettier.
Nancy decided to collect recyclable items (empty paper tubes, plastic bottles) to donate to the local arts center for their summer program.
Your scout troop can earn Daisy petals and patches for these ideas!
Last year my troop did this terrific craft I found at scoutingweb.com to earn three petals-Green (Use Resources Wisely), Yellow (Friendly and Helpful), and Rose (Make the World a Better Place).
You will need:
one plastic 2 liter bottle cut in half
package of daisy seeds
water and watering can (can use a cup)
stickers to decorate
Before the meeting, you need to email the girls’ parents and have them bring in a 2-liter soda bottle that has been cut in half. As always, bring an extra or two in case one of the girls forgets.
At the start of the meeting, we talked about the petals we were going to earn and what they meant. I then read one of my favorite children’s books, Miss Rumphius, by Barbara Cooney. This story ties in directly with all three petals. Your co-leader can be setting up the potting station and the coloring station.
After you read and discuss the story, have each girl take her 2 liter bottle out. Help the girls fill them with soil and show them how to plant the seeds. Lightly water the soil. The girls can decorate the bottle with stickers.
When you are a troop leader, you want the girls in your troop to get along. It makes meetings more fun for everyone. While the meeting is taking place, the girls need to respect each other and get along if they are to earn the badge or petal. Here is an activity to foster the fun.
As the troop leader, you are in charge of running the troop physically as well as financially. Even though you may have a treasurer who does the paperwork for you, the final decision on how the money is spent rests on your shoulders.
One of the reasons I started this blog is to help leaders in all areas of troop leadership. If you do big cookie sales (I do not) then your cash flow is better than mine.
I prefer to use as little money as possible on the crafts. The internet is full of great websites for scout leaders and I use them for almost all of my craft ideas. Many of these crafts use many common objects around the house like paper bags and paper tubes that are free!
If I do need materials for a craft, then I go to the craft store with a coupon and buy what we need. I will take another person or two so I can use more than one coupon. Since I am paying cash, I do not use the troop check book to get the items tax free. I am saving at least 40-50% percent on each item, I do not mind paying the tax (and imagine the people behind me when I am writing checks for two and three dollars multiple times!).
My favorite crafts are the ones that use a printable, markers, and some glue! Check out my Daisy Girl Scout blog for many different craft ideas for those on a budget.