Monday, September 28, 2015

How to Earn the Yellow Daisy Petal Activity Friendly and Helpful

This is a really fun activity to have your young Girl Scout troop earn the yellow Daisy petal “Friendly and Helpful”. Daisy Girl Scouts are in kindergarten and first grade, and children this age really love to help. Leaders, use this natural affinity for helpfulness to your advantage!
Materials Needed for the Meeting
Book to read
Helper template made and ready to color
Scissors
Crayons or markers
Small plastic bag with Daisy’s name on it
After you have done the Pledge of Allegiance, the Girl Scout Promise and Girl Scout Law, sit your girls down and ask them what it means to be helpful. Then ask them how they are helpful in school, at troop meetings and at home. You can also incorporate the “friendly” aspect of the petal by asking the girls to explain how being helpful is also being friendly towards others.
For the next part of the meeting, you can read a book. Each has something different to offer, so choose which one you think fits best with your girls.
The first book is the Caldecott winner, No David by David Shannon. A simple picture book with only a few words on each page, David does not listen to his mother. He continually makes mess after mess. After each page, you can ask the girls how David is not being helpful and how he cold have been helpful.

How to Earn the Yellow Daisy Petal Friendly and Helpful
No, David! Available on Amazon
The second book choice is from Joy Berry’s Let’s Talk About series. This one is about being helpful, and how Max, the central character, has to learn to help himself (a very important life lesson). As you read the book, discuss about how Max is behaving and how his behavior could improve.
Daisy Activity to earn the yellow Daisy petal. Read this book to start your meeting.
Available on Amazon

A third book choice is something the girls can relate to, as it is about a girl who is there age. Mary helps pick blueberries for her neighbor, who in turn bakes them into muffins to hand out to others, and these people help others. It is a delightful story that will engage your troop. You can even incorporate the Girl Scout slogan, "Do a good turn daily."

Here is a delightful book about doing a good turn daily (the Girl Scout slogan) that will help your Daisy troop earn the yellow Daisy petal, Friendly and Helpful.

After reading one of the books, it is craft time for earning the yellow Daisy petal!
Tell the girls that they are going to color in helper cards that you have created. When they go around the house and help, they can leave one where the job is done.
While you can design these any way you want, I love the cheri liney font, as it creates bubble letters for the girls to color in. You can make six or eight per page that reads “A Daisy Was Here.” You can use cardstock or plain white computer paper, whichever you have handy. You may also want to pre-fold the paper so it is easier for the girls to cut.

Or you can use the template I have linked in the "Materials" section that is shaped like a daisy.
Have them color in each card and decorate the borders any way they like. Then have them cut along the folds and put into their plastic bags.
The girls will be excited to use the cards they made for earning the yellow Daisy Girl Scout petal, friendly and helpful. Encourage them to share what they did at the next meeting!

Monday, September 21, 2015

How to Earn the Spring Green Daisy Petal Considerate and Caring

There are many ways that your Girl Scout troop can earn the spring green Daisy petal, considerate and caring. One of the things that we as Girl Scout leaders need to foster in our girls is empathy for others. Much of the Girl Scout Law consists of how we treat other people and how we treat our planet. Kindergarten and first grade Daisy Girl Scouts have a natural empathy for others in distress and want to help in any way that they can. 

Here is an activity to help you earn the spring green Daisy petal.


How to Earn the Spring Green Daisy Petal with a Community Service Project



The following activity can also be tied into earning three other Daisy petals:
Green-Use Resources Wisely
Yellow-Friendly and Helpful
Rose-Make the World a Better Place
Before your meeting, you will need to find a local charity that needs what you will be collecting and have a contact person with whom you will be communication. Many times, synagogues and churches work with organizations in the community that can use your assistance.

Materials for This Activity

  • Shoe box covered in brown or white paper
  • Markers
  • Stickers
Once you have selected the charity that will be receiving your Girl Scout troop donation, you will need to email the parents about bringing in a shoebox for the next meeting. You will also ask them to fill the box with a few items that are needed for the project.
For example, when I did this activity with my Daisy troop, we were creating boxes for little girls who lived in a homeless shelter that was run by a local organization. I asked the parents to bring their daughters to the store and help pick out a toothbrush, toothpaste, a hair brush, soap and something pretty for the girl’s hair. I encouraged them to include a surprise treat, like a nail polish or a small stuffed animal to make the box more special.

How to Earn More Than One Daisy Petal at One Meeting
This was the box my daughter decorated.
Photo by Hannah Gold
Have the parents wrap the shoebox in brown paper so the girls will be able to decorate it.
At our meeting, we talked about what being considerate and caring meant. After some discussion, we talked about our project for the day and why we were making boxes of simple items for other little girls.
I brought markers, stickers, and crayons for the girls to use to decorate their boxes. They had a great time making it look special. We also talked about the items they chose to bring and why each one was important.

Flower Stickers from Amazon
At the end of the meeting, I had them do the coloring page about earning the considerate and caring Daisy Girl Scout petal. This project is a great way to do a community service project with your young troop.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

More Girl Scout Founder's Day Ideas for 2015

In case you are a new leader and missed this blog post, here are some more ideas for you to use to celebrate Girl Scout Founder's Day.

Visit this page to read more ways to have fun with your girls!

Monday, September 14, 2015

How to Celebrate Girl Scout Founder’s Day and Earn the Orange Daisy Petal

Girl Scouts have many reasons to celebrate during the month of October. Not only is there excitement about the local Council Halloween dance, it is also a special Girl Scout holiday. On October 31, 1860, Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of the Girl Scouts of America, was born in Savannah Georgia.

How to Earn the Orange Daisy Petal while celebrating Girl Scout Founder's Day.
Photo from Pixabay
During the month of October, Girl Scouts spend time learning about Ms. Low and doing community service projects in honor of her birthday. Daisy Girl Scout leaders can spend time teaching their girls about the life of Ms. Low and can also, if they wish, tie it in with earning the orange Daisy petal. This activity is a fun and hands-on way to teach your troop about Girl Scout Founder's Day.

It should be set up in stations, with an adult at each one. Have every area prepped and ready so things will run more smoothly.

Things You’'ll Need For This Meeting
A book about Juliette Gordon Low or facts and pictures of her
Flower pot, one for each girl

Girl Scout Founders Day craft-paint or color these flower pots and plant with daisy seeds.


Markers
Potting soil
Pencils
Daisy seeds
Trowel
Newspaper
Watering can

Bowl
Watering log
Extra volunteers
Introducing Daisy Girl Scouts to Juliette Gordon Low
There are many wonderful children’'s biographies about Juliette. You can start the meeting by asking your troop how they think the Girl Scouts started. The responses you receive will be very interesting coming from the mouths of five and six year old girls. After your initial discussion, you can either share some facts and pictures of Ms. Low or you can read about her life from a book. The pictures should elicit some interesting observations about how girls and women dressed way back when!


This is a brand new biography about Juliette. You can read parts of it to your girls, just remember to keep it short.

When you are done discussing Juliette'’s life, it is time to talk about being responsible. Ask the girls what that means and what they are responsible for at home and at school. Tell them they are now going to have a new job at home.
The girls are going to plant Daisy seeds, since Juliette’s nickname was Daisy, and it will be their responsibility to water and take care of them. Talk about basic plant care, like the need for sunlight and how not to overwater the plant.
Each girl will get her own pot to color. Once they are done coloring them, they will go to the planting station. A volunteer will have newspaper lining the table, along with a trowel, potting soil and watering can. Each girl will put in her own dirt, and with an unsharpened pencil she will poke three holes into the dirt. She will then put one or two seeds in each hole and cover it up. With supervision, the girls can water their plants.
Plant Daisies for Girl Scout Founder's Day.
This package of Painted Daisy flower seeds is colorful. Not all daisies are white with yellow centers!
To keep the girls accountable for watering and caring for their plant, give each girl a sheet of paper that you have created. On this paper, have a space for the girl’s name and two columns – one for the date (that you have already filled in for the next two weeks) and one for watering. The girls have to check the date if they water the plant. Use your meeting date as the first time for it to be watered and have the girls check it off. They will have to be responsible and return the sheet to you at the next meeting.
Celebrating Girl Scout Founder’s Day and earning the orange Daisy petal, responsible for what I say and do, is a fun combined activity that Daisy Girl Scouts will enjoy.

If you need more Girl Scout Founder's Day ideas, you can also read more blog posts here.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Check Out the Friday Freebie!



On my Girl Scout leader blog, I have started a brand new regular feature called the Friday Freebie. Two or three times a month, a post will appear on Friday that will share a free Girl Scout program. Some of the programs offer a free patch while others have free materials, and if you participate in the program, the patch is a small cost.

Check out my first Friday Freebie post and bookmark the site to see what other programs are available to leaders!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Fun Girl Scout Craft to Start the Year

Back to school is a hectic and busy time of year. Why not make your life easier by using a ready made Girl Scout craft kit to promote sisterhood in your troop?


Girl Scout make a troop keychain craft
This keychain can be customized with your troop's number. It comes with the pony beads, letter beads, number beads, keyrings and string for 10. The girls can attach them to their Girl Scout bags or their school backpacks to show their scouting pride!