Monday, January 9, 2017

How to Earn the Light Blue Daisy Girl Scout Petal-Honest and Fair

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Earning the light blue Daisy Petal, Honest and Fair, is not one that can be taught to your troop with a craft; you need to do hands-on activities to get this concept across to your girls. Your Daisy Scouts are young...five and six year old children are concrete learners, they need to "see" what fair is.
Children have a very strong sense of what is fair and what is not.  You can start this meeting by asking the girls what fair and unfair mean.  Then ask these questions and have the girls raise their hands in response if it is fair, keep it down if it is unfair.  Or to keep the girls moving, have them stand up and jump if a situation is fair, stand still if it is unfair.
Here are some sample situations:

  • Your teacher gives you more homework than the other kids.
  • Your parents make you eat broccoli.
  • Your sibling gets to stay up later than you do.
  • You get more dessert than your siblings.
  • Everyone in your family gets to watch a movie together.

One activity you can do to earn this petal is to take a pile of clip art paper apples, place them on the table, and ask them how they could divide them fairly (make sure the amount you print is even so every girl gets the same amount). Talk about what would be fair and unfair and what that means.
How to Earn the Light Blue Daisy Petal Honest and Fair



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How to earn the light blue Daisy petal Honest and Fair

This is a great book to read at this meeting.

This is a battle cry parents and teachers have heard multiple times.  In this humorous book, what is and is not fair is examined.
Daisy Scout Activities for the Honest and Fair Petal
One activity you can do to earn this petal is to take a pile of clip art paper apples, place them on the table, and ask them how they could divide them fairly (make sure the amount you print is even so every girl gets the same amount). Talk about what would be fair and unfair and what that means.
The girls can strategize and figure out how to do it on their own. Once they do this successfully, put the apples back in the pile and take away a few to make the number uneven. Repeat the activity and see what the girls figure out (my troop decided to rip up the extras and share them).
Another activity you can do is to play a game with spinners. You can make your own fair and unfair spinners or print some out from a website and put the girls into groups according to how many spaces you have on the spinners. Each girl picks a number to be and keeps track of how many times it landed on her number (a volunteer or two can help with this). The girls spin for ten turns and then compare the results. Was it a fair game? Why not?
Teaching About Honesty 
For honesty, you can talk about "Honest Abe" Lincoln or George Washington and the story of the cherry tree. There are some wonderful children's biographies to read to your girls about these men. Ask the girls why it is important to be honest. What happens when you lie? What happens when trust is broken?


How to earn the light blue Daisy petal, Honest and Fair


This book about telling the truth and what happens when you don't is very accessible to young children.
Using these hands on activities, you will be able to help your troop earn the light blue Daisy petal, honest and fair.

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