Puppet Meeting/Sleepover

We do a sleepover in the fall every year somewhere in our neighbourhood but our usual spot wasn’t available. We were forced to think outside of the box and run our own program… and it was GREAT!

We chose a nearby community centre, It was really inexpensive, wonderfully close, and completely self contained. All we had to do was to come up with a program.

Our theme was Puppets and our goal was to have an easy, go-with-the-flow kind of evening.

  • 6:30PM  Arrival – We had a bucket of puppets for the girls to play with as they arrived – but the girls played with their stuffies on arrival and it was just as much fun.
  • 6:50 –  Opening and Program
  • The bucket of puppets came out and each girl got one that they had never met before. The girls had a “chat” with their puppet and then introduced their new friend to the group.
  • We talked about how to make puppets look happy, sad, and like they’re having fun. It is tougher than you’d think.
  • We did not go over how to make up a puppet story (we should have). Next time we’ll talk about making up stories with a beginning, middle and end.
  • 7:15 – Craft Time: We put a bunch of supplies in the middle of the room, set up a hot glue gun station, and sent them off to make puppets. And boy, did they make puppets. Really great ones. =)
    Our supplies included fabric samples, card stock, google eyes, tongue d2015-11-06 08.54.51epressors, paper, tape, clothes pins, fun foam, fun foam stickers, gloves, scissors…
    Hint – we set up mailboxes for each girl. It kept things tidier (These were Walmart Treat bags 6 for $2.)
  • 8:15 – After puppets were made, we set them to the task of making up a performance – again, I’d put a little more thought into this instruction next time.
  • 8:30 – We had a snack of apples, grapes, crackers and cheese to eat during the performances.
  • The girls enjoyed this – they had a lot of fun and did get carried away – some of them needed encouragement to find a conclusion.
  • By 9:15 the girls started making up their beds. We read them stories and turned off the lights. It wasn’t a perfect night, but most were asleep by 11.

In the morning we got up, packed, ate breakfast (apples, bananas, oranges, muffins and juice), and then went outside to play and close our sleepover.

Closing: We closed with a round the circle of Onion and two Apples (Onions are things you’d do differently next time, and Apples are things they loved). Onions: most girls had trouble sleeping, and a few didn’t want it to end. Apples: They loved making and playing with puppets. It was a simple program that worked. We’ll do it again.

Check out last year’s post: Sleepover ideas in Ottawa for some other ideas.

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Key to STEM: Caboosh

We repeated our Caboosh meeting this week and it was awesome as always.

The only small edit we recommend is to add a transition activity in between the sessions. Some of the four stations took longer than others so there was a bit of lag time with girls hanging around. Thankfully the new addition to our leader team Pirate Owl took over with games of Telephone and Stella Ella Ola. Maybe we’ll do a colouring sheet station or other independent work spot next time.


Acid and Base demo (Aka Volcano!)

The Brownie Story

I read a blog post today from the 23rd Guelph Brownies that asks good questions about the current Brownie Story. The author – prompted by a question from one of her own Brownies – wonders about the roles of the girls in the story and writes very thoughtfully about it. She has also written a new (but not official) version of the Brownie story that I also like very much.

Take a look at Storytelling, Brownies, and Beyond, by a Guider in the 23rd Guelph Brownie Unit.

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Enrollment Prep

Guiders do a lot of prep to get the girls ready for the Enrollment ceremony – first year girls have a lot to learn… and second year girls will probably plan the ceremony and have lines to say. With all of that, I often forget the stuff Guiders have to get together. Except this year…believe it or not, I’m ready on the Sunday before. Woot!

  • I won in the “Guide Shop Chicken” game – you know, the one where you order your pins and insignia late and then hope that the Guide Shop and Canada Post come through for you. Depending on what your unit does, we hand out Circle patches, Circle Leader designation (we switch ours through the year so it is a button with the patches), Title tape, Year Pin, Key to Brownies, and Brownie enrollment pin.
  • Snowy Owl prints electronic Certificates.
  • And then you have to check your records and divide up the pins correctly (that’s the tough part). I usually print a Brownie Badge Layout Card and attach the pins and things onto a personalized card.

We’ve been reusing this Traditional Stepping Stones ceremony, but I think we should maybe try something else next year. What do you do?


Giving Thanks

It is Thanksgiving day where I am and I am reminded that it is important to say Thank You before meals at camp in an inclusive kind of way.

My favourite thank you is this one:

Shawn’s Grace (from Susan Wichers’ site).
words: Shawn Bird ©2000 for free use within Guiding.
Tune: Fire’s Burning
We’re thankful, we’re thankful (*round starts here)
For friendships, for friendships
And for good food, and for good food.
And hands that prepared it.

Happy Thanksgiving.  =)

The right printable is the key to making Brownies go sometimes, isn’t it? Take a look at this resource from Small Ducks – it is just an internet index but the resources are excellent.

We’re using the Small Ducks Brownie Circle Emblem sheets tonight. Big thanks to the Girl Guides Ontario Facebook team for pointing me back to these!

The Fall 2015 edition of Canadian Guider (look it up here on the GGC Media Page) features a knitted trefoil hat. I did a Google search for knitted trefoil hat and found these:

ggc hat canadian guider

Happy Knitting!


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