As a closing activity for our Being Me meeting we had each girl fill out the What I love about my Body sheet from Plant Love Grow.
From the website:
What my body does for me.
What I love about my body.
What’s unique about me.
What I can do to help it stay strong and healthy.
Conversation starters to help children when the urge to compare starts. When they see their bodies with new awareness or forget to care for the gift of the physical self. Coming from a place of gratitude and awareness allows for an open dialogue based on respect, ownership and love.
– Do with your child to open a discussion about self-love and self-respect. Each person (adult included) should fill their own paper.
– Do as a class activity and relate it to fitness, health, nutrition or awareness.
– Use as a way of approaching conversations towards a better and healthier lifestyle.
– Use when possible to talk about self-love and the importance of valuing what makes us unique.
What I love About my Body
We wanted to start out the year with some Being You program to counterbalance all the “New Year, New You” ads that occur this time of year. One of the activities we did was a variation of this Price of Happiness activity from Media Smarts
First we had a discussion about the nature of advertising and what advertisers do to sell their products.
We broke the unit up into small groups of 2-3 girls. Each group was assigned a topic for their ad such as “a new fashion accessory”, “an activity tracking app”, “a healthy new snack food” or “a gym with a sale on memberships”. Each group was asked to create a 1 minute skit inspired by either a tv ad or a YouTube influencer paid content. The girls clearly understood what this looked like and the skits were great.
Then we had them take the quiz on page 7 (we just read the questions out loud and had them write their answers on a scrap of paper) and them asked them to reflect on their answers.
This is an idea I got from the BC Colour Me Healthy Challenge for Pathfinders and Rangers. My Pathfinders and Rangers enjoyed the game but it would work well with Guides. Depending on the topic, you may want to make a list of words ahead of time or let the girls brainstorm them before the game.
Before the meeting, buy a plastic tablecloth and draw a grid on it with permanent markers. In each square, write a letter. Mix them up so they aren’t in alphabetical order. If you know the list of words, you may be able to tweek the letters on the mat so that no space will go unused. You can also fill up extra squares with common letters.
It will be easier on the mat if the girls remove their shoes before playing. To play the game, choose two girls one to start on the mat and one to read the word. The reader will read the word and start to spell it. The girl on the mat will attempt to put either her hand or foot on each of the letters at the same time. When she runs out of limbs or can’t figure out how to reach the next letter, she can call another girl in to help her. This continues until all the letters in the word are covered (longer words are more challenging and more fun). Then the girl who started on the mat, will be the next reader and should pick someone uninvolved in the previous round to start the next word on the mat.
Just a reminder that it is Valentine’s for Vets season. The valentine’s have to reach Charlottetown by February 1st for distribution. All the details can be found here.
Our meeting spot doesn’t have wifi, although most of the Guiders can access the platform on their phones, I still felt the need to give our Pathfinders a firmer foundation on which to try an plan a meeting. Based on another example shared on Facebook I created this template for them. I think this would also work well with a Guide patrol. As this was a new skill for our Pathfinders, we had a Guider work with each group to help them shape their meeting but I would hope that if they’ve run a couple of meetings before that this is a skill they could manage on their own.
I met a dragon face to face
the year when I was ten,
I took a trip to outer space,
I braved a pirate’s den,
I wrestled with a wicked troll,
and fought a great white shark,
I trailed a rabbit down a hole,
I hunted for a snark.
I stowed aboard a submarine,
I opened magic doors,
I traveled in a time machine,
and searched for dinosaurs,
I climbed atop a giant’s head,
I found a pot of gold,
I did all this in books I read
when I was ten years old.
– Jack Prelutsky