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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Materials 
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 idea is to have each girl draw another girl's name from a bag. She designs a heart for her and presents it to her person at the end of the meeting.

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

I AM A DAISY,

I AM A FLOWER.

I AM A YOUNG GIRL WITH SO MUCH POWER.

I WILL GIVE MY HAND TO MY FRIENDS IN NEED,

I WILL ALWAYS STRIVE TO SUCCEED.
I LOVE TO LEARN, I LOVE TO WRITE,

I LOVE TO SHARE AND I NEVER FIGHT.
I WILL ALWAYS SHOW THE BEST OF ME.

I WILL ALWAYS BE THE BEST I CAN BE.

I AM A DAISY, WHICH GIVES ME POWER
I AM A DAISY, I AM A FLOWER.
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.