Town Council on the Moon

This is a variation of Understand How to Be Responsible #2.

Explain to the girls that you are going to pretend to be the town council of the first colony on the moon.  Explain how on Earth, most laws come to be because people perceive a problem and set up a law to prevent it.  Have each patrol discuss what problems they thought a Moon colony might have and what laws they would need.  We had each patrol present their best two ideas but if you have a small unit you might want to let them present more then that.  Once all the laws were written on a piece of chart paper, each proposed law was considered by the whole council.  The girls had a chance to discuss and ask questions about the law.  The patrol that presented it tried to defend their idea.  Then everyone would vote.

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.

Be Prepared – Emergency

After the events in Fort McMurry last summer, I’m sure many units will be working on the Be Prepared Not Scared Challenge or the Emergency Preparedness Challenge or just working on emergency preparedness as part of Learn About our Environment.

The Government of Canada put out some excellent information for Emergency Preparedness Week 2016

These include :

 

Tin Can Lanterns

Tin can lanterns can add a touch of magic to a campfire or camp dinner.  It takes quite a bit of time and is a bit messy so it might be a craft to save for camp.   I would suggest using larger cans such as those used for beans or pasta sauce over soup cans.  To make a tin can lantern you will need

  • one can per girl
  • tea light candle (either wax or battery operated)
  • hammer
  • Large nail or awl
  • permanent marker
  • paint and paint brushes (optional)
  • wire (optional)

Before the craft, fill all the cans with water and leave them in a freezer over night so they are frozen solid.  Have the girls draw a simple design on the can with the marker.  If you want the lanterns to hang, use the nail to make two small holes near the top of the can.  Then continue to make holes along the design the girls have drawn.  It is best to start near the top as the ice will melt there first.  The ice keeps the lanterns shape while the holes are being banged into it.  Once all the holes are in place, set the cans aside to wait for the ice to melt.  Once the ice has melted you can paint your can if you’d like.  You can also bend some wire though the holes at the top to make a handle.  Be sure all the paint has dried before lighting the lantern.  Put the tea lights into the lanterns and light them.  If you are using wax candles, you may want to use a bar-b-que lighter or fireplace match as the inside of the cans will be quite sharp.

This video demonstrates the technique but I’m not keen on the fact that they spray paint the inside of the can.  I’d keep the paint away from the candle.

String Art

IMG_2062String art can be a great craft for the girls to learn to use hammers.  We made string art heart for Valentine’s Day.  For each girl we needed:

  • 1 1x6x6 pine board
  • 1 copy of the patturn
  • 28 (or so) nails
  • tape
  • embroidery floss
  • Access to a hammer
  1. Have the girls tape the pattern to their board
  2. Hammer a nail on each dot.  I recommend that the girls start with the points of the heart.  Then do every other nail.  Then if they run out of time they can still have a finished craft.
  3. Rip the pattern off the board.
  4. Wind the floss around the nails to complete the heart shape.

I used the pattern found on Kathy’s AngelNik Designs & Art Project Ideas

To make the project a little more difficult you can bring in some drills for pilot holes and have the girls replace a few nails with screws.

To do this craft at other times of year, look for patterns with flowers, pine trees, butterflies or pumpkins.  There are lots of patterns online.IMG_2067