Inventing Badge meeting – Part 2

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.

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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.

BP’s Butterflies

Before founding Scouts, Lord Baden-Powell was a military man.  For part of his career he acted as a spy.  Playing the part of a doddering naturalist, he kept a notebook where he hid information about forts he’d spied upon, in drawings of butterflies, other insects, stain glass windows or leaves.

Why not challenge your girls to do similar drawings.  Try to draw a map of their meeting space or campsite hidden inside another drawing.  Can they answer questions about it later referring only to their drawing? Questions could include things like: How many tents were there?  How many picnic tables?  How many chairs on the south side of the room?  etc.

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.

Passport to the Arts

The BC Passport to the Arts challenge contains a truly enormous collection of arts activities from other countries.  It is divided into four major sections: Dance, Music, Crafts and Drama.  Each of those sections are divided by continents.  To complete the challenge girls must complete at least one activity from each region plus additional activities based on their branch.