Design a Mocktail

A mocktail is a fancy alcohol-free mixed drink.  They can be a fun way to celebrate or can open a discussion on alcohol use.

Materials:

  • fruit juices such as apple, orange, cranberry, lemon-aid etc.
  • fizzy beverages such as ginger-ale, lemon-lime, soda water etc.
  • fruit including lemons, lime, orange, grapefruit, berries, watermelon etc.
  • vegetables such as celery or cucumber
  • spices such as cinnamon or herbs such as mint,
  • bling such as drink umbrellas or fancy swizzle sticks, different shape glassware

Directions:

  1. Discuss with your girls what a mocktail is and why it is fun to make them.  With older girls you can also discuss why it might be preferable to enjoy a mocktail instead of a cocktail.
  2. Give the girls a opportunity to invent their own perfect mocktail.  Have them consider appearance, tastes, presentation etc.  Each girl should name her concoction.
  3. If you’d like you can hold a contest at the end where girls try the drinks the others have made. Or you can create a menu/recipe book of all the girls creations.
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Edible Soil

I find Guides are very motivated by food.  This activity from the Learning Resources Blog looks like a fun and tasty way to learn about soil composition.

Layer in a clear glass like a parfait. Discuss each layer as you go, then enjoy with a spoon.

Layers:

  • Whole Oreos per person to represent the bedrock
  • Chocolate and butterscotch chips mixed together to represent the parent material
  • Chocolate pudding to represent subsoil
  • crushed Oreos and Gummy worms to represent topsoil and the creatures who live in it
  • Shredded coconut mixed with green food coloring to represent the organic material
  • Clear cups or glasses

Bring a Parent (or other adult friend) Night

Last night was our Guide units 2nd bring a parent night.  We held the first one two years ago when the annual WAGGGS Thinking Day challenge included a suggestion that you share the activities with those who aren’t normally part of your unit.  This year a Bring a Parent meeting was on the list of things the girls wanted to do at the beginning of the year so I’ve been looking for a good opportunity.   Both worked well so I think we have a winning formula.

  1. Encourage the parents to participate in all parts of the meeting.  This included marching into horseshoe.  The parents took a little convincing but the girls loved showing their parents what to do.  It really broke the ice and gave the parents permission to have fun with their daughter.
  2. This can be a great time to do a craft that might be a little tricky.  Working together makes things less frustrating.
  3. Feel free to have the girls show off a little.  If they have been working hard on something, now is a good time to show their parents what they’ve been up too.

We had several parents come up to us at the end of the evening and thank us for inviting them to the meeting and tell us what fun they had.

Pringles Ring

This looks fun and challenging

Time: 20-30 min

Materials (per patrol):

  • 1 can of Pringles chips (flavoured may work better)
  • 1 photo of the ring
  • Paper to cover surfaces

Instructions:

  1. Have all the girls wash their hands so they can eat the chips after the challenge
  2. By placing the chips carefully (you don’t want to break them) you can build this ring without using any other materials.
  3. Once you have built the ring, enjoy your snack.

More they Stay the Same

I wanted to create and activity for my Guides to give them a sense of how the Guide program has changed over the last 110 years.  When asking my Guides how they felt about the new Girls First program, I wanted to take the focus off a fear of change and concentrate on how they felt about the actual changes.

So I created a flip up question quiz.  These question on intended to be attached to a folded piece of paper with the question on the outside and the answer on the inside.  Similar to the format you often see an interpretive centers.  It worked really well.  I stuck the quiz up around the room and told the unit to check them out in small groups (2 or 3).  I’ve also created a version for Pathfinders/Rangers and one for Brownies.

You could also use a selection of these questions as a gathering activity for a multi-branch event (but there is some overlap so you’d want to just us a selection of them)

Flip Quiz

A flip quiz is a technique you often see used in interpretive centers or other self education displays.  I recently used one to great success with my Guides to learn a little about the history of Guide Badges in Canada (more on that tomorrow).

How to make a flip quiz.

  1. Gather a set of questions.  It is best if they are multiple choice or single word questions.
  2. (Optional) gather some fun facts or additional information to match each question
  3. Fold paper (I used construction paper) in half to create a flap.  Attach the questions to the front of the flap and the answers/fun facts to the inside of the flap.
  4. Tape the flaps around the play space and give the Guides time to explore them on their own.
  5. You may want to get together as a group afterwards to find out what the girls thought was the most interesting or surprising information.

This idea can be adapted to all sorts of ideas where there are facts to be conveyed but you don’t want to make it like school.   You could even have the girls create a question each (or work on several as a patrol).

Alexa, How Might We..?

This is another activity idea from, Canada Learning Code for Code Week.  Like BasketBots this one can be done entirely off line while still learning skills related to programming.  In Alexa, How Might We..? the girls are asked to propose a new app for a voice assistant (like Alexa, Siri or OK Google) to solve specific problems.  The girls then need to define the 4Cs of the problem: Components, Characters, Challenges and Characteristics (of the desired outcome).