My troop loves arts and crafts projects! Earning the Colors and Shapes Try It patch is one that they will love. You can either earn this in two meetings or in one, the choice is yours. If you want to do it in one meeting, then you can count the Art special that the school offers as one activity. The girls learn quite a bit about colors and shapes.
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Because Brownies are older than Daisy Scouts, they can do three art projects in one session if your meeting is long enough. For my troop, since we do the Perpetual Girl Scout Scrapbook, I count that as an activity. The girls need to design the pages they create. We only have to do two during our meeting to earn this patch.
Any art projects that you choose can meet the Colors and Shapes Try It requirements. You can do the suggestions from the Try It Handbook, or you can try some other ideas. Either way, your girls will have a blast earning the Colors and Shapes Try It badge!
The Brownie Art to Wear Try It badge is one that will take two meetings to earn. Since your troop will be making wearable art, you want them to enjoy the experience and take their time.
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Before undertaking this Try It, think about what you want your girls to make. Some choices are:
- Tee shirts
- Tote bags
- Barrettes, scrunchies and other hair accessories
If you choose shorts or tee shirts, be sure to email the parents in advance to get the correct size for each girl. Because these are more involved crafts, you are going to want some volunteers to assist your co-leader and you.
You can divide the meeting into two stations, so you only have half of the girls working on one project at a time. Do as much prep work and organizing before the meeting so there is more time to craft and less time giving out materials.
Girls are going to love earning the Brownie Art to Wear Try It badge!
Whenever I have my Girl Scout meetings, I like to have one or two backup activities for my girls to do. No matter how you plan, sometimes the craft or activity gets done sooner than you estimated. Other times, you have girls who finish early. As a teacher and a Girl Scout Leader, one thing I have learned is that if you do not overplan, you will have problems.
A good teacher and leader always overplans so there is no down time for the girls. Down time equals trouble, which creates management issues.
For my troop, I typically have a coloring page or theme related word search for them to do.
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I also stumbled upon this website while planning a recent meeting. It uses paper to create objects. While you co-leader or parent volunteer is working with the other girls, you can do these papercrafts with the ones who are done.
Be sure to practice a few times before the meeting and have a sample ready for the girls to see!
This link to the Instructables website will take you directly to the section with assorted papercrafts. They have more difficult ones for older girls, and easier ones for younger girls!
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Let’s face it, good manners are important. Many of us tend to get annoyed if someone does not give us common courtesy, like holding a door open or saying “thank you” when you do something for another person.
In fact, when I was an elementary school teacher, I would often tell my class that if they were to go out on a business lunch for a job interview, and the job was between two people who had the same qualifications, the person with the best manners would get the job.
Because when that person would take a potential client out for lunch or dinner, s/he would not embarrass the company by reaching across the table or speaking with her mouth full.
Children need to learn manners. Here is an article on how your troop can earn the Brownie Girl Scout Manners Try It badge.
My girls had a lot of fun earning the Brownie Girl Scout Girl Sport Try It. It was our very first Try It and I highly recommend this one for all Brownie leaders to use as a first one. You do not need to buy anything…just notify the parents a week in advance telling what you want the girls to bring.
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I counted the girls’ gym class as one of the four activities needed to earn the Girls Sport Try It. Instead of trying to squeeze the mandatory four activities to earn the badge, I find it easier to do three at the meeting and assign one for home or find an equivalent that fits.
Since it was still nice enough to go outside, my co-leader and I divided the meeting into twelve minute sections for each sport. We had extra time, so we did do four things.
- Soccer drills with cones (my co-leader was most of our troop’s soccer coach, too)
- Hula hoops (we had enough for each girl and had them do all sorts of tricks and timed them, too)
- Jump ropes (we asked the girls to bring one and we brought extras)
- Played catch with tennis balls, constantly widening the distance
These activities can be done inside if you have the space. Our girls loved it and cannot wait to do an outdoor Try It again!