*This post contains affiliate links. It is the gift giving time of year, and new Daisy leaders often get into the spirit of things by buying themselves or their daughters some special Girl Scout gifts. Here are some special ones that you may not find elsewhere, Girl Scout Cookie Jar The holiday season comes right before Girl Scout cookie season in most parts of the country. Why not give yourself a place to store your favorite treats with this adorable Girl Scout cookie jar?
*This post contains affiliate links. It's that time of year where the Girl Scout forums and Facebook pages are getting a little heated about the upcoming holiday season. There are three viewpoints on this matter: 1. We are going to celebrate Christmas and do Christmas activities even though everyone in our troop does not celebrate the holiday. 2. We do not celebrate any December holiday because that is not inclusive to those who do not celebrate any holiday this month. 3. Everyone in our troop celebrates Christmas so we do it as a troop...what is the big deal? I covered this topic in depth in this blog post from last year. Bottom line for me...there should be no specific holiday celebration of any kind if it means that a single girl in your troop will be left out. Girls Scouts is inclusive...that was the intent of the founder, Juliette Gordon Low.
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So what can a Daisy Girl Scout leader do with her troop that will make a December meeting fun and meaningful? Of course, you can do many different service projects with your troop, so your girls learn that there are others in this world who need a helping hand. Young children are compassionate, and this is one way to plug into this. Here are some fun ideas for you to have an inclusive December meeting. Make a Sock Snowman You can find the directions for this adorable craft here at Diply. You can simplify it for Daisy Scouts. There are other versions of this craft and you can find the directions and videos here. Make a Styrofoam Snowman
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You can also make a snowman out of styrofoam balls. Directions for this craft can be found here. There are plenty of snowman craft kits available if you are too busy to go out and buy all of the components for these snowman crafts.
This picture frame snowman craft kits makes 12 crafts.
Gift Exchanges I am not a fan of gift exchanges, as I explained in this blog post from a few years ago. However, one thing I have read about on the Girl Scouts Gab Facebook page was a Sock Exchange. Each girl brings in a cute, inexpensive pair of non-holiday socks and they can pull it from a grab bag. The girls can also bring in an extra pair of socks to be donated to a nursing home or homeless shelter. One troop leader mentioned that the girls filled the sock with small items like candy. I would only be concerned with food allergies is you decide to do this. The same ideas can be done for books-make sure they are not holiday themed or based on a particular movie or television character. An extra book can be donated to a children's hospital or local preschool. Marshmallow Games to Play Marshmallows are a sweet and inexpensive treat to use for games. They do not leave a big mess and the girls are sure to want to eat them when the games are over. One game to play is to see how many marshmallows the girls can stack in a set amount of time. Start with a longer time like 60 seconds and then shorten them as the next round progresses.
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Another game to play that I used to do with my children's class parties is to tie a piece of yarn around a marshmallow. Divide the girls into teams of two each. One girl swings the marshmallow towards the other girl and she tries to catch it in her mouth. After she does, then the girls switch and the other girl gets to try to eat it. Using mini marshmallows and chopsticks, you can have the girls play this Minute to Win It game. Here is another game that uses mini marshmallows, straws and paper cups. Host a New Year's Eve Party For younger children, New Year's Eve is a time that many grown ups get dressed and leave the house for a fancy party. I remember being left with a babysitter on this special night when I was a child.
You can host a child-centric New Year's Eve party for your troop. This article has lots of ideas that you can use to get the party started. December is a wonderful time to host a party for a meeting...just make sure you are being considerate and caring and inclusive with all the girls in your troop.
Are you knee deep in holiday preparations at home? Are you busy buying gifts, hosting a party, attending parties and decorating your home? I thought so! December is a time for you to have a fun meeting that does not involve too much work on your part.
It's that time of year when it officially sinks in that the holiday gift giving season is upon us. We could ignore the Christmas decor that arrived in stores the day after Halloween (or was it the weeks before trick or treating?), but with Rankin Bass Christmas and Peanuts Christmas specials already airing, your co-leader and you need to have a talk and discuss whether or not you are going to give gifts to your troop for the holiday season.
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In my nine years of leading a troop, I have never given gifts. Many of my girls already owned better technology than I do and traveled to places I have never visited. I always considered my gift to them the time and energy I put into being their leader. If you do want to give your troop a gift, then please be sensitive (my post on having a holiday celebration during your meeting). Giving each girl an ornament is a fine idea if everyone in your troop celebrates Christmas. If you have a diverse group with different beliefs, then a gift that is not tied to any December holiday is what is most appropriate. Here are some fun ideas that are not expensive, especially if you are splitting the cost with your co-leader.
Jalousie 12 Sets Deluxe Girls Party Favor Jewelry Collections of Necklace and Bracelet
This set of 12 tea bag totes measure 6" x 6 " and have a 4 " handle. Fill with some chocolate and add a gift tag that reads, "We think you are pre-TEA awesome!"
Sundae Lip Gloss Whether we like it or not, most little girls love to wear some kind of makeup so they appear to be more grown up. Lip gloss is an innocuous way for girls to get their makeup fix without really wearing makeup.
There are four different kinds of sundaes that you will receive in this set of one dozen. Each one measures about 2.25 inches. Simply adorable! Your girls are going to love this! Cupcake Bubble Necklaces
Kids love bubbles. Girls love necklaces. Put the two together and you have this adorable gift that will certainly be a hit! If you have fewer than 12 girls in your troop this works out to be a little more than a dollar a gift. Extras can be donated. For many more fun and inexpensive Girl Scout gifts, you can look here on Amazon.