Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Daisy: Rosie Petal - Make the World a Better Place

I have been so excited about this petal for about 3 months now! I do hope the girls love it as
much as I do, otherwise you may hear a Leader weeping uncontrollably.

For Rose, there are 3 parts.


1. Read the story - easy, peasy!

2. Act out the story - we actually saved this for last... 

3. Practice making the world a better place... this is where my interpretation of badge work comes in to play, because I saw this idea on Pinterest (says ever great Leader) and decided we HAD to do this... so, I decided to just figure out a way to tie it in...

We made Fairy Gardens!! Each girl made one and took it home with her... what all do you need, you ask? Oh... let me help you with that!

Supplies: 

  • Dishpan for each girl
  • stepping stones made from sculpey (see below)
  • Mushrooms made from sculpey (see below)
  • popsicle sticks (fence and sign... see below for tips... )
  • drink umbrellas
  • 1 cup plastic food storage bowl or plastic cup or something to sink for a garden tub (solo makes a shot glass size that is great, too!)
  • wooden birdhouses (I purchased mine from JoAnn's) and alter them to be fairy houses (Michael's has a great video on this.. I didn't do the extra steps... just used it to figure out how to make the doors.. but you could.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGiCwN8Jf4c)
  • potting soil
  • flowers
  • mulch or moss (optional... meaning I skipped this part)

Directions:

  1. Fill the dishpan about 3/4 of the way with potting soil.
  2. Position the house where you want it to be and lay the other pieces out to in order to figure out where to put stuff
  3. Plant your flowers.
  4. Push the house into the dirt a bit to secure it in place
  5. Dig out a small space and sink your garden pond (aka storage bowl, plastic cup, etc)
  6. Push in the other decorations.
  7. Water your plants
  8. Find a sunny location (or shady depending on the flowers you purchased) and wait for your fairy to arrive. I'm sure she is going to LOVE her miniature world created just for her.

So, how do you tie this in with the petal.... you have a discussion about the world. You talk about how plants help the environment and us, because they give off oxygen. You talk about how we each affect the world with the attitudes we give off. You talk about how the world is what you make it. There will always be bad things that happen in the world, but we each have the power to change it. We create the world in which we live... just as we have created a world for our fairy to live. We took great care to make sure the fairy is happy and we should put in even more effort into our real world and making sure the people we come into contact with are happy and cared for, as well. 

It's cool when fairy gardens teach life lessons, huh? 

Stepping Stones

Supplies
Sculpey clay and seed beads.

Directions
Pinch off and soften a grape sized amount of clay. Roll into a ball, then flatten to disc shape. Pour seed beads into a bowl. 
Press clay disc into the beads to press them into the clay.
Bake at 275 for 15 minutes.






Mushrooms

Supplies: 
wooden chopsticks or 1/4" dowel rods and sculpey clay

Directions: 
Form white or ivory clay around the chopstick covering about 3"-4" of the wooden chopstick. Roll large grape sized piece of red clay into sphere. Then flatten one side, while forming the rest into the toadstool shaped top. Press onto end of chopstick. Bake 30 minutes in 275 degree oven. 




Popsicle Stick Fencing

Supplies: 8 popsicle sticks, thin rope

Directions:
Using a popsicle stick as the horizontal "board", fasten the other three to it by tying it in a "x" pattern and knotting the ends together. Do this another time and you have 2 sections of fencing... one for each side of the walk, as seen in the photos. 

Popsicle Stick Sign

Supplies: 2 popsicle sticks, thin rope

Directions
Using the same X pattern for tying, secure the two popsicle sticks together. You can use a fine line sharpie to write "Welcome Friends" or whatever you want to greet in your fairy garden.

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