Monday, February 23, 2015

3 Ways to Earn the Green Daisy Petal Use Resources Wisely

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Updated February 2020

Earning the green Daisy Scout petal, use resources wisely-is perfect for not only saving the Earth, but for saving your troop’s treasury money. By recycling common household products, you are teaching the girls a valuable lesson on how to make something from nothing.
There are several crafts that you can do to earn the green Daisy girl scout petal. All of them cost very little to make. The only thing you will have to do is contact the parents of the girls in your troop ahead of time so they can help you collect and prepare the items you need.
All of the activities would also be great for celebrating Earth Day on April 22nd.
How to Earn the Green Daisy Petal Use Resources Wisely

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Plastic Planters
Before the meeting, ask the girls parents to cut a two liter soda bottle or plastic milk or ice tea container in half. Make sure it is washed out and clean. You may also want one or two additional volunteers.

Potting soil (a five pound bag should be enough)
Small gardening shovel
Water can or cup for watering
Sharpie marker
stickers to decorate
You will also need the book, Miss Rumphius, by Barbara Cooney.

How to Earn the Green Daisy Petal Use Resources Wisely

Read the book before the planting activity and discuss how Miss Rumphius made the world a better place.
For early finishers, be sure to have some coloring pages or some puzzle pages handy.

At the next few meetings, ask the girls about their plant’s progress!
Piggy Bank Cans
Teaching the girls to save their money to invest, to save for a big purchase, or to give to others is important. You can earn the green Daisy petal and help others by making this Pringles can craft. This will require and additional volunteer or two.
Before the meeting, email the parents and ask them to save an empty Pringles can for their daughter. Tell them to clean it out by using a lightly soaped paper towel. Let it air dry. Also ask them to cut a small rectangle out of the lid so the money has a slot to go through.
A light colored construction paper fitted to the Pringles can
Tape or glue
Stickers-money ones would be great (like the ones pictured)

3 Ways to Earn the Green Daisy Petal Use Resources Wisely Money stickers to decorate a DIY piggy bank

Money Stickers
Talk to the girls about saving money and why it is important. Tell them they are going to make their own piggy banks using an empty Pringles can. The girls will decorate the construction paper with markers, and with help tape the paper to the Pringles can. Add stickers after taping is done.
You might want to get a few rolls of pennies so each girl has some money in her “bank” when she goes home.

3 Ways to Earn the Green Daisy Petal Use Resources Wisely

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Personal Recycling Bins
To earn the green Daisy petal with this craft, you will need one empty carton for each girl. You can save empty Girl Scout cookie cartons, one for each girl.
Contact paper (choose a light pastel color)
Before the meeting, you will need to cut the contact paper to size for each side and for each girl (four pieces for each). It is also a good idea to ask for additional volunteers for this craft.

3 Ways to Earn the Green Daisy Petal Use Resources Wisely

At the meeting, ask the girls about where paper comes from. Talk about recycling and why we need to save paper and the trees. Let them know that they will all be making their own recycle boxes for paper. This is for their rooms, basement, or playroom.
With the help of the volunteers, have the girl remove the contact paper and place on the carton. Let the girls decorate the boxes with the Sharpie markers, making sure their names appear on it. Or they can write the saying “______’s Paper Recycling Bin”

Using these three activities to earn the green Daisy petal, use resources wisely, are a lot of fun and permit the girls to use their imaginations.

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