This week we’re starting off Key to Active Living with Germ Buster, ZZZZ and Good Health. The three sections fit together nicely. And we’ve done this before and Snowy Owl brilliantly kept it, so there isn’t much work to do to prepare. (To give proper credit, I think Snowy Owl Christine and Grey Owl Kelly were the original meeting organizers… I am just the typist today – and I like it that way)
6:30 Arrival in two parts:
Part 1 – Guider gets secretly “germed”. We want to demonstrate how germs get spread and one person in the group will have their hands covered in sparkles. At the end of the meeting, it is likely that everyone will have a bit of sparkle on them – these represent germs and will hopefully encourage girls to wash their hands. Note to future meeting organizers… this part only works if you BRING sparkles (we forgot).
Part 2 – Bandaid Tag. Fits nicely with the theme and is an easy game that will spread germs around well.
6:45 – Brownie Circles
6:55 – Brownie Ring
7:00 – Program
- How can you avoid germs – hand washing
- When should you wash your hands? Before eating, before handling food, when you cough or sneeze, after you handle something dirty or dusting, after the bathroom.
- Teach Brownie Clean hands song (?) (I think you need to wash your hands for 15 seconds – about the same amount of time it takes to sing Happy Birthday)
- Practice washing hands (pretend) in circle while singing
- Why is taking care of your health important? Who in our community helps us stay healthy? doctors, pharmacists, dentists, nurses What are some important ways to keep healthy? (eat well, stay active).
ZZZZZ Good Night
- Why is sleep important?
- How much sleep do people need each day? (Kids need 10-15 hours)
- Talk about dreams and dreaming.
7:15 – Stations – we have an Occupational therapist as an Owl and have invited a Nurse and a Pharmacist student in tonight. These are people who help you stay healthy. Show the girls different medical professionals and talk about being healthy in general.
Station 1 Doctor or Nurse – We had a med student last time we did this. Kelly brought in tongue depressers and a stethoscope. She talked about her job, what it’s like to be a doctor and how to become one.
UPDATE: We were unable to get a nurse to come in (I knew that when I typed it on Monday, but didn’t have an alternative) so I ran a station where we made old fashioned toothpaste (or really, toothpowder). Kind of along these lines…http://naturallycheerful.blogspot.ca/2011/09/homemade-toothpaste.html. Then we offered a wordsearch about teeth.
Station 2 – Occupational Therapist – She’ll have some splints, usually brings some neat helper things (her clients have neat aids that help them do simple tasks), what she does, and how to become an OT.
Station 3 – Pharmacist to talk about what a pharmacist does, how they help us, and how to become one. (No drug demos – although they did one another year where they had to pick out the pill vs candy)
7:30 – Sleep – figure out how much sleep you need. Figure out when you should go to bed in order to get that amount of sleep.
www.sleepforkids.org is a great resource for this part. Their calcluator is here http://www.sleepforkids.org/html/calcs.html
Remembering Game – Snowy Owl has a list of animals and how much they sleep. She tells the girls, assigns an animal to each, then asks them to line up in order of who needs the most sleep. This isn’t the same one, but the list works: http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/chasleep.html
7:40 – Sports Charades – One way to stay healthy and active is by playing sports – individually or in pairs, the girls will act out their favourite sports and the others will guess what they’re playing.
7:50 – End of Germ Game – reveal what the sparkles are…how many “germs” do you have on you?
7:55 – Close
It is a busy meeting. I’ll let you know how it goes.
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