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.
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.
This video contains some great easy to do physics experiments that all use static electricity. Most are really low prep too which isn’t always the case with physics.
This lovely crest has been developed by Engineers Canada as part of their Engaging Girls program. Their website reads:
Engineers Canada has developed and released a Girl Guides crest, to be presented to Girl Guides who complete engineering-related activities under the supervision of a professional engineer or an engineer-in-training. These activities—such as those that present an understanding of how vehicles work, the concept of simple machines, how lipstick is made, to name just a few—expose young girls to the engineering that can be found in everyday life and give them an understanding of how the world around them works.
Anyone interested in using the crest can contact Engineers Canada to confirm conditions of use and order required quantities.
If you have an engineer coming into your meeting to do a presentation to the girls, you may want to inquire about the crest. Contact information in on the Engaging Girls page.
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.