Fingerprint doodles is an easy and fun craft project.
- white paper (we used blank cards)
- paint or ink
- fine black pens
- Have the girls make a series of finger prints on the paper. We did this by colouring the pad of their finger with a fresh marker and then having them stamp the page. You can also use an ink pad or light paint.
- After the fingerprint is dry, they should uses their imagination to add lines to the fingerprint to turn it into an object, animal or creature.
Fingerprint Monster Doodles: Fun Activity For Kids
Making a folded heart can be a nice small craft for Valentine’s Day. These hearts aren’t hard to make compared to a lot of origami patterns. There are lots of instructions on YouTube but it is a nice, easy to follow example.
An Our Unit Scrapbook is a scrapbook where each girl in the unit contributes a page about herself. My unit was fortunate to get some scrapbooking supplies such as stamps and fancy scissors donated to us and this is a great opportunity to use them but you don’t need that to make nice pages.
- At least 1 12″x 12″ page of scrapbooking paper per girl. You may want extras so they can pick a colour that is meaningful and/or cut things out of extra paper
- Stickers including letters; images of hobbies, activities and favorite things of your Guides; and general bling
- Stamps and stamp pads (again letters are good and or whatever you have)
- Scissors and glue
- markers, pencil crayons and crayons
- magazines or other images
We found it was easiest to set up the materials in different stations around the room and let the girls move between them as they wish. Have each girl start up sticking or stamping their names on their page. Then add things they like (at least three) to the page. At the end of the meeting have the girls show off their page and describe why they put what they did on the page. Then add the pages into a book.
Worry Dolls are a Guatemalan tradition. The idea is that rather then let your worries keep you awake at night, you tell your doll the problem and they will take over worrying about it for you while you can get some sleep. Hopefully by morning the worrying is all done.
These are great instructions for making easy worry dolls. They are a little bigger then some of the ones I’ve before but that makes them a lot less fiddly.
Also known as the Chinese Clover Knot. It can easily be turned into a trefoil by making it in blue. The addition of a safety pin can make it into a hat craft or trader. This tutorial on Instructables explains how to do the knot better then I could.
I know these are called many different names but when I was a kid we called them Fortune Tellers.
Fortune Tellers are an easy origami project. This video shows the basics of how to fold them.
There are lots of ways fortune tellers can be used in the program such as:
Girl Guide History from Owl and Toadstool
Girl Guides of Canada from the Brand Center
Promise and Law
I was a a recent training where they made Mighty Mind fortune tellers with self care suggestions inside such as take a deep breath, read a poem, stand in a power pose, dance etc.
Colouring can be very relaxing even for older girls. It is an easy activity as all you need are the Mandela and some basic colouring material (pencil crayons and/or markers). There is a great Girl Guide themed Mandela in the Might Minds challenge and there are also some great ones on the Owl & Toadstool blog.
Older girls who like to draw may even want to make their own
How to draw a mandela