Activity 1: Read Clover's Story and Discuss itPretty much... read... and answer the questions... done. If you want to hear a great troop doing this, check out this YouTube video:
Activity 2: Think of 3 ways to use resources wisely during meetings and promise to do them.Next, talk to the girls about ways to use resources wisely. Toss out a few things you know they wouldn't do to help them see good manners will help with this, too. Here are a few things to get the thoughts rolling:
- Recycle Capri sun drink containers through TerraCycle (They have other programs, too).
- Use reusable water bottles rather than bringing drinks each time.
- Buy a bag of animal cookies rather than individual packages and then recycle the bag.
- Be sure to recycle cardboard and plastic from packaging
- Silly one: As if it's a good idea to break the crayons, so we have to replace them each meeting (I hope your girls aren't doing that!)
- Use only the amount of glue needed and don't waste
- Silly: Resist glitter parties to use up the whole tube of glitter!!
- Wash your hands well, but don't play in the sink
- Use a cloth towel for drying, rather than paper towels
- Keep a towel around for spills and messes rather than using a bunch of paper towels
- Consider using cloth napkins during snack time (We actually did this as Brownies and Juniors! The girls thought it was very fancy.)
- Think of craft ideas you could make with cookie boxes (bookmarks, notepads, decorations for your cookie booth, photo frames, coasters (laminate them)
Activity 3: Recycled ArtThe petal says grab magazines and make a collage. That would be fine, but you know I like to change things... so... and Cookie Season right now, so the girls got a bonus craft at this meeting. Two different ideas or feel free to do both, as we did.
CD Scratch Art
I was given a TON of old Volunteer CDs from our Council. They have forms and training information and boring stuff on them. I had used some for making CD tops way back when and I still have a ton left over... So... I found an idea for scratch art.
I painted the CDs before the meeting... many reasons, but we'll say "for the sake of time", instead of "Lora was horrified at the thought of 10 little girls with black acrylic paint holding CDs and painting the back of them". YIKES!
Anyway... I ended up giving the girls metal spoons to scratch their CDs. I had enough CDs painted so each girl could make two. I used a Crop a Dile to punch a hole through the CD, though you could just thread your ribbon through the center for hanging. I just didn't want to do that.
I would caution the girls not to try to get too intricate of a design. Stick to simple shapes.
Recycled Cookie Box Sketch Books & Bookmarks
Empty cookie boxes
plain typing paper
hole punch (Crop a Dile)
Okay... again... I like to prep to make it easy on people. Namely, me. So, before the meeting, I cut all the boxes apart using the front and back of the boxes for the front and back covers. The side of the box with the 5 Skills I saved and trimmed down for bookmarks. I also cut the paper for the interior pages. I used a binder clip to keep each book together and used the Crop a Dile to punch holes through the entire thickness. I put about 10 sheets of paper between the covers.
At the meeting, I demonstrated to the girls at how I used almost the whole box as 2 "upcycled" projects. There wasn't much left to put into the recycling box after we were done.
Instructions to complete the booklet:
1. Each girls gets a booklet "set" (covers and papers with binder clip, 3 piece of yarn, pencil)
2. Thread a piece of yarn through each hole, but don't tie it.
3. Lay the pencil along the edge of the spine of the book (the side with the holes with yarn through them)
4. Tie the yarn into a know around the pencil. This gives you a loose loops, so the book will lie flat when you open it.
5. Once all the yarn loops are tied, remove the pencil.
Instructions to complete the bookmark:
Each girl was given a bookmark and yarn for this, too.
Pretty simple... tie some yarn through the hole and use as a bookmark. Now, you could doll up the top with gems or such, but we kept it simple. This is just to spark the idea and hopefully they'll think of other things they can do at home, instead of just tossing the box. I hope they at least recycle the box.