My unit made these shirts as part of the Mighty Minds challenge but they would work for other topics too.
- 1 white shirt for each girl
- 1 -6 bottles of fabric paint
- wax paper
- foam letters
- tart tins to hold the paint
- paint brushes
- plastic table clothes to cover work area (optional)
I bought mine though tshirt.ca and they offer a good price but if you have a smaller unit you might want to check the price in local stores as shipping costs may make the shirts too expensive. I choose to go with all XL youth which will be dress sized for some of my Guides but will fit everyone. The foam letters were in the toy section of Dollarama. I suspect they were intended for teaching toddlers the alphabet but they were a good size and had a little texture to them so they held the paint well.
Slip a piece of wax paper inside each shirt. This will prevent the paint from leaching though. If a girl wants to paint a message on a sleeve you might need additional wax paper. Give the girls a little time to think about what they want to write on their shirt and to gather their letters. The girls can dip or paint the fabric paint on to the wrong side of their letter and then stamp it onto the shirt. Some of the girls choose to add a little bit of splatter paint to the shirts once the message was in place. Let dry for 12 plus hours.
This craft would be a great way to teach girls some basic crochet stitches. I’d make it in blue with only three leaves for a Guiding trefoil. You need two pull tab tops per leaf per girl plus yarn, crochet hooks and wool needles.
Another easy and fun way to make candles is to make sand candles. You uses wet sand to make the mold. You can even decorate the candles with small shells or rocks. Once the wax is cooled you can either brush the sand off or leave it there as a decoration.
This Instructable gives great instructions for making candles using a shell as the mold.
This week we finished working on the Invention badge. We’ve taken our ideas from the Meeting In A Box: Inventing from Quebec.
This week we split the girls up into two groups. Each group did a different activity at one end of the gym and then we switched. We have a large unit so this gave each girl more of an opportunity to participate.
At one end of the gym we ran Invention Jeopardy using the questions from the meeting in a box.
At the other end of the gym we ran Inventor Speed Improv.
This was an exciting night because for some of our third year girls this was the last challenge they needed to finish their squares. Just a few pieces of the Lady BP challenge to finish off for them now.
This week we started working on the Invention badge. I’ve been looking at this badge for a couple of years and I had difficulty figuring out how to make it fun. Luckily for me, other Guiders had more luck. We’re using the Meeting In A Box: Inventing as our guide. But I also found some great ideas from the Caladonia Girl Guides. We’re going to spread the badge out over two weeks so we don’t need to feel rushed.
This week we worked mostly in Patrols. We started with the intro activity and had each patrol discuss what inventors they knew, whether or not they thought they could be an inventor and what qualities you’d need to be an inventor. They shared their thoughts at horseshoe after our opening.
Then we went onto the second activity. Each patrol was give four current inventions to use as inspiration. They had to combine and two of them into a new invention. Then prepare a poster and a skit marketing their invention.
Paint Nights in pubs have become a fun outing for many adults and I’ve seen many Guiders adapting the idea for their units with great success. There are many painting instructional videos available on YouTube. If you have the capacity to play the video at your meeting, you could do it directly. Or you can have a couple of Guiders watch the video though a couple of times and provide the girls direction. The YouTube videos range in length from 30 min to about 1:30. This would likely take up a whole meeting or might be a great extended activity at an indoor camp or sleepover.
Typically you need a couple of different sizes of paint brushes per girl, a canvas (check dollar stores for inexpensive canvases), paint (feel free to use left over craft paint rather then acrylic) and some water.
If you want to complete the Paint Night experience, you might also want some light refreshments like popcorn and lemon aid.
Encourage the girls not to get too caught up in the exact instructions but instead to let their creativity shine. No one expects their painting to look just like the one in the sample/video.
This is an example of the sort of videos you find on YouTube.
Patrols take turns to act out a scene from a well-known fairy tale, but they must leave out some vital objects or persons. Foe example: Little Red Riding Hood going to Granny’s house and not carrying her basket of goodies. Actors may talk but must not use any objects or costumes. The points go to the group which first notices what is missing.