Monday, February 20, 2017

How to Earn the Violet Daisy Scout Petal Be A Sister to Every Girl Scout

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Leading a Daisy troop of kindergarten and first grade girls presents an opportunity for you as the leader, to create and environment of friendship and acceptance. The violet petal, "Be a Sister to Every Girl Scout", can be earned easily and with a lot of fun by being "secret sisters".

How to Earn the Violet Daisy Scout Petal Be A Sister to Every Girl Scout

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For this activity, you will have to go to the post office and buy two postal cards for each girl in your troop. At home, put your address label on each card, so if for some reason it does not get delivered to the Daisy Scout it will be returned to you. You will also need to print a troop address list for each child.
Prior to your meeting, send out an email to the parents explaining that the child will be earning the violet petal. Explain to them that at the meeting, the girls will draw a name from a bag and that girl will be the "secret sister".

Everyone will go home with an address list and two postal cards. Once a week for two weeks, the girl will write a note on the postcard to her secret sister. The note should tell some positive attributes about the sister scout, and maybe give a clue about who her secret sister might be.

How to Earn the Violet Daisy Scout Petal Be A Sister to Every Girl Scout-Secret Sister Activity

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For the meeting where the girls "reveal" themselves, each one is to bring a small wrapped gift for their secret sister. It is to cost no more than five dollars.
In your email, you will need to advise parents that the gift should be generic in nature, like a craft kit, stationery item, or small toy, jump rope or chalk. Character gifts are not a good idea, as some girls may not like what another girl does. 
At the meeting, remind the girls to be gracious when opening their gift, even if it may not be something they want. Good manners and being mindful of others' feelings is important! To start the meeting, you can read a book about friendship, like this George and Martha book, one of my favorites.

How to Earn the Violet Daisy Scout Petal Be A Sister to Every Girl Scout

You can then have the girls exchange gifts. Afterwards, they can make a craft like the one below.
This Magic Color Rainbow Scratch kit is perfect for ending the meeting. Each girl can get a heart to scratch off and then you can tie them together with the enclosed ties. 

Another Fun Daisy Craft to End the Meeting 

Start with this Daisy foam shape. Have the girls pick a color from a bag so there is no arguing over who gets purple and who gets yellow. Write their name on the back in Sharpie. You may also want to write the words "Sisters in Scouting" on the front somewhere.

Step 2 Star Rhinestones

Have the girls peel and stick the jewels on the perimeter only. Collect them and after the photos have been printed, either you or the girls can cut them out and glue the picture to the center. When it is finished, you can hole punch the top and add a blue ribbon or add a magnet backing so it can be hung on the refrigerator.

Then have the girls reveal one by one who their secret sister is. Let them open their gifts and enjoy them!
Earning the violet petal, "Be a Sister to Every Girl Scout" is fun for scouts of all ages! You can then take a picture of the girls and their scout sister for them to put in their Girl Scout scrapbook.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

How to Earn the Red Daisy Girl Scout Petal Courageous and Strong

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Running a troop of young and eager kindergarten and first grade Daisy Girl Scouts is an enriching and rewarding experience. In fact, as the leader, you earn the red Daisy Girl Scout petal "Courageous and Strong" for each and every meeting you have.
Here is an activity to earn the red Daisy petal that is sure to leave the girls with a smile on their face.
How to Earn the Red Daisy Girl Scout Petal Courageous and Strong

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To prepare for the meeting that will help your girls earn the Courageous and Strong petal, you will need a storage container (a margarine tub will do) for each girl and a brown lunch bag to put each one in.
Before the meeting, fill one storage container for each girl with the same food-wet spaghetti, jello, pudding, yogurt, whipped cream-anything you can think of. Place these containers in brown bags and do not let the girls see what is inside!

You can also do this activity by having different foods in each container and having the girls wipe their hands after each one. Have no more than five containers so that it goes more quickly, and make sure each has a different texture. One slimy, one wet, one hard, one soft, one bulky.
Make sure none of your girls have food allergies and bring plenty of wipes and paper towels if a sink is not available!

At the meeting, ask your girls what it means to be "courageous". Do they know what courage means? It means to try something to help you overcome your fear. Ask the girls about a time when they tried something new or that they were afraid of, like riding a two-wheeler, learning to swim, going to a new school or even trying brussel sprouts!
You may also want to read a book to earn the red Daisy petal, like this one from Jamie Lee Curtis.  It ties in beautifully with this topic.
In this story, Frankie is a little girl who is trying new things for the very first time.  The troop will be able to relate to this because they are at a stage in life where so many things, like learning to ride a two wheeler, are scary and brand new. Learning to overcome your fears is an important life skill that the girls need to master.

A great book to read to earn the Red Daisy Girl Scout Petal Courageous and Strong

Here is another book you can read to your girls entitled JoJo's Flying Side Kick

In this story, JoJo is ready to test for her Tae Kwon Do yellow belt, but she fears that she cannot do a perfect side kick to earn it. She is also afraid of a certain tree outside her window. Can she overcome her fears?
While you are doing the questioning, ask your co-leader or volunteer to carefully uncover the containers that are in each bag.
Divide the children into groups and have them put their hand in the container without looking in the bag-if they are courageous enough! Discuss how they felt before and after the activity, especially when they found out it was only cold spaghetti!
Once they have cleaned up, you can talk about the importance of eating right and exercising to stay strong. Talk about some healthy foods they could eat. Play some music and exercise or play freeze dance. If you are able, go outside and do this! Fresh air also makes you strong.
As always, be prepared with a coloring page for this petal in case you have some extra time.  With these activities, your Girl Scout troop will enjoy earning the red Daisy petal, "Courageous and Strong".

Thursday, February 2, 2017

How to Earn the Yellow Daisy Girl Scout Petal Friendly and Helpful WIth a Daisy Poem

Earning the yellow Daisy Girl Scout petal, "friendly and helpful" is easy to do with this inexpensive Daisy Girl Scout craft. In fact, you can create two different books and have a few weeks worth of activities for very little money.
These books should be done during the first month or two of your troop's year. The reason for this is the yellow Daisy Girl Scout petal is for being friendly and helpful, two things the girls need to be if you want your Girl Scout meetings to go smoothly and without incident.
The materials you need depend on how you wish to go about creating your book. If you want to create a "big book" use poster board for each line of the poem or couplet. If you want to make it smaller, buy 9 x 12 cardstock and have the girls use that to write and draw on.

How to Earn the Yellow Daisy Girl Scout Petal Friendly and Helpful WIth a Daisy Poem

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In addition to the writing poster board, you will also need for the first idea:
  • Markers
  • Crayons
  • Stickers (optional)
  • Glue and glitter (optional, but use newspaper if you decide to add bling to the poster)
  • Hole puncher
  • Three binder rings
Since Daisy Girl Scouts are in kindergarten or first grade, and can range in age from five to seven, it is best that you or your co-leader write out the words to the poem so all your girls have to do are the illustrations. You may also want to have one or two parent volunteers to keep the girls on track and to give assistance.
Here is the poem. My friend sent it to me via email, and I do not know to whom I should give credit.
A Poem for Daisy Troops








With your troop, read the poem and discuss what it means. Depending on how many girls you have, you will break them up into groups to illustrate the line or lines they have been given. Monitor each group so they are illustrating to match the lines they are given.
Before binding, if you desire, you can have the book laminated. You can use your troop dues to pay for this.
An alternative to this poem to earn the yellow Daisy petal is to do the same thing, only use the Girl Scout Law:
I will do my best to be
honest and fair,
friendly and helpful,
considerate and caring,
courageous and strong, and
responsible for what I say and do,
and torespect myself and others,
respect authority,
use resources wisely,
make the world a better place, and
be a sister to every Girl Scout.
For this yellow Daisy petal project, you can have the girls create a page for each petal for themselves. You can do this throughout the year as a closing activity and at the year's end. You may want to cut petals out of felt for the girls to glue onto each page. The girls will have a beautiful book of their Daisy Scouting year!

Earning the yellow Daisy petal, Friendly and Helpful, can be a terrific learning experience for both you and your troop.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Low Cost Craft Classes at Michael's Craft Stores This February

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Whether or not you are selling cookies, at this time of year, you may be feeling a little stressed or burnt out. If you cannot get the girls outside, their natural pent up energy just bubbles over. Sometimes a change of scenery is called for.

Just in time, Michael's Craft Stores have weekend classes that are low cost and fit right in with Daisy Scouts.

If any of these interest you, make sure you get permission slips for the girls asap. Parents should hang around since these are not long in length. Or if you just have want to get together informally, send out an email or post on your troop Shutterfly page or Facebook group page that you will be there and their daughters are welcome to attend.

Inexpensive craft classes make for great Girl Scout meetings, especially during cookie season.

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Saturday February 11th-Valentine's Make Event

Buy blank cards and the rest of the Valentine card making supplies are free.

Saturday February 25-Family Spring Painting Event

Purchase a birdhouse or clay pot and the decorating supplies are free. The birdhouse can work for the Daisy Journey!

You can find more classes here at Michael's!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

How to Earn Multiple Daisy Petals With One Pringles Can

If you find yourself short on meeting dates, you can use this activity to earn three Daisy petals at once-orange, rose, and spring green. Helping your Daisy Girl Scouts earn their petals is fun. Their enthusiasm is infectious! With ten petals and the center to work on, doing activities to finish the daisy takes up the bulk of your time together. Doing a project for multiple petals is also a good way to revisit the petals you have already earned.

How to Earn Multiple Daisy Petals at One Meeting

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Meeting Prep
*Send an email or note a few weeks before the craft to the Daisy parents to start looking for an empty Pringles can.
*This activity requires at least three adults.
*Before the meeting, type of the coupons (at least five) on the computer in a pretty font using different colors. Depending on the size you use, you can fit eight-to ten on one page. Cut into strips and paper clip together. You can either keep the same ones together and hand out at the meeting or put all five in a bundle and paper clip them together to hand out all at once.

Things You Will Need 

  • A Pringles can that has been washed out by hand with a slighlty wet and soapy sponge
  • 9 x 12 construction paper of the same color-enough for each girl
  • A small strip of construction paper in a contrasting color for the bottom
  • Magic markers
  • Coupons for chores made on the computer and cut out (see free template here on DLTK's site)
  • Glue and scotch tape
Introducing the Daisy Petals Being Earned Today 
Tell the girls they are going to earn three petal today:

orange (responsible for what I say and do), 
rose (make the world a better place) and 
green (use resources wisely) 

They are going to reuse the Pringles can (recycling) and decorate them. Then they will put their chore coupons inside (being responsible and making the world better).
Give each girl a piece of construction paper to decorate any way they would like with the magic markers. Brainstorm some ideas if any of the girls is having problems trying to design. Be sure that the girl's name appears somewhere on the can. 
When the girl is done, have her put glue on the back side of the paper and glue it to the can. Tape down the sides where they meet. Glue and put the extra strip of construction paper and glue it to so none of the can is showing. 

How to Earn Multiple Daisy Petals With One Pringles Can

Photo by Hannah Gold
This is the can my daughter made at her meeting.

Have the girls put their coupons inside. The coupons can say things like "I will help wash the dishes", "I will clean my room for ten minutes" or "I will help fold the laundry". Place the plastic lids back on the can. 
Reusing items not only shows the girls how to make something from nothing, it also helps keep your dues in the bank! Can you think of some other ways to earn Daisy petals with one Pringles can?