Moon Viewer

I didn’t find this activity in time for my moon meeting but this is a really neat project to do along with or instead of Oreo Moons.  This idea comes from the Science Notebooking blog. To make it you need a black paper plate and a Popsicle or tongue depressor stick, some white paper, tape and glue.  Cut out the middle of the plate.  Tape the stick to the back of the plate.  Then cut out the different phase of the moon and glue them to the plate.

Alternatively, you can print out a more refined version of this project from E is for Explore!.

Once completed, girls can hold the plate up to the moon and figure out what phase it is in or between.

Grass Heads

This is a nice project for Understand How to be Responsible #5.
20170222_081635Materials:

  • length of nylon stockings
  • grass seeds
  • top soil
  • eyes
  • floss or thread
  • glue
  • misc craft supplies (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Cut your nylon stocking into pieces.  We found we  could get six piece from each pair of stockings, three from each leg.
  2. If you don’t have the toe,  tie one end with floss or thread and turn the stocking inside out.  If you have a toe you can skip this step.
  3. Place one tablespoon of grass seed in the stocking.
  4. Fill the stocking with a cup or so of soil.
  5. Tie the bottom of the stocking with more floss or thread.
  6. Pull out one clump of dirt and wrap floss around it to form a nose.
  7. Use white or hot glue to attach the eyes.
  8. You can add felt, pipe cleaners etc to create eye brows, bow ties, etc but don’t cover the top of the head.
  9. Place in a cup and keep damp.  The grass hair will grow in about a week.

You might want to warn the girls to keep their grass heads away from pets as in our unit we had at least one grass head given a hair cut by the family cat.

Paint Night

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.

Dryer Lint Clay

I’ve found two different recipe for turning dryer lint into clay.  Once dry these sculptures have a felted look to them.

The first recipe doesn’t require cooking but may need to be placed in a mold rather then hand sculpted.

  • 2 cups firmly packed dryer lint
  • 1/3 cup warm water
  • 6 tablespoons white glue
  • 1 tablespoon clear dishwashing liquid
  • Food coloring
  1. Put all the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Mix thoroughly with a spoon or hands until you get a uniform texture.

The second recipe requires more preparation but can be hand modeled like clay.

  • 3 cups (shredded) dryer lint.
  • 2 cups water.
  • cup flour.
  • ½ teaspoon vegetable oil.
  1. Place dryer lint in a pot
  2. One at a time add the other ingredients, stirring in as you go.
  3. Stir continuously over low heat until the mixture binds together and is of a smooth consistency.
  4. Pour onto a sheet of wax paper to cool.

Either way the finished art should be dried for 3 to 5 days.

Wands

wandsYou can’t pretend to be a witch or wizard without a good wand.  We made these ones at a recent camp and our girls loved them.  And better yet, each and everyone was unique to the girl who made it.

Materials:

  • One stick (we had the girls select their stick on a hike)
  • polymer clay (approx 1 small block per girl)

Equipment:

  • Oven (preheated to 270 F)
  • Baking sheets
  • Knife

Give each girl half of a block of clay for the handled of her wand.  Then cut up the remaining clay for contrasting decorations.  It helps if the decorations are wrapped all the way around the stick and you don’t want the clay to be too thick. Arrange the wands on the cookie sheet so they aren’t touching and then bake in a slow oven for 15 min.  Some of the sticks curved a little more after baking.

Hide and Seek Bottle

This is another craft you could use to celebrate the International Year of Pulses.

Materials:

  • A water bottle, dried with the label removed
  • A variety of dried pulses (lentils, beans, peas and chickpeas)
  • 10 or more small hide and seek items (key, button, bottle cap, beads, rock, small toy etc.)
  • Funnel
  • Hot Glue gun

Instructions:

  1. Fill the bottle 2/3 of the way with a variety of pulses.  (Alternatively you can use rice.)
  2. Add the small objects to the top.  There should still be a good sized air bubble at the top.
  3. Cap the bottle and seal the cap with a bead of hot glue.
  4. Shake and turn the bottle until the items are distributed throughout the bottle.
  5. Optional – You may want to write the number of times on the bottle cap with a permanent marker.

To use:

Twist and turn the  bottle until you’ve found all the objects inside.  This can be a gift for a younger child or a quiet time activity.