Once the hut and flag were created, it was time to decorate our table. The girls used table cloths that represented each color of the flag. In their research, they found out that Ghana was a major producer of diamonds and gold. So… how do we make decorations with gold nuggets and diamonds?
Diamonds – easy! A bag of party decorations from Hobby Lobby fixed this.
Gold Nuggets? – The girls spray painted rocks with metallic gold paint!
Sea Shells? – another Hobby Lobby find.
Facts were next! The girls wrote their facts that they discovered on colored pieces of paper and glued them on their board. This board sat directly behind the diamonds, nuggets and shells.
Our Cadettes wanted to create a version of a mud hut to represent Ghana at our World Thinking Day.
Traveling Girl Scouts could walk into the back of the hut and get their picture made in the window. There was a small ladder inside so smaller girls could look out the window.
There was room for about 3 girls inside.
We started this process with a large cardboard box. To make it thicker and sturdier, the girls used paper mache and added two layers.
While the paper mache was wet, we used lent and expanding foam to make it look like clumpy mud and give it texture.
Once the layers began to dry, the paint came next. We painted a coat of white primer to the outside.and then added some brown and black mixed. We used spray paint to cover parts of the expanding foam.
For the finishing touches, sticks were added to frame the window and the straw roof was made by cutting up a Hawaiian skirt. Adding a drum that the girls made and used in their entertainment piece along with the flag completed the hut. The girls loved it and were quite proud of how it turned out.
Currently the hut is in our garage, but we are thinking about reusing and making into a Gingerbread House for our Christmas parade float.
Our Ghana Day Swap was a really neat idea that our other leader created with the girls. We used shrinky dink paper to draw maps of Ghana in which the girls colored, using the colors of Ghana’s flag. For those of you who are as clueless as I was, shrinky dink paper is a paper you can buy at Hobby Lobby which allows the user to color on the paper, bake it and it shrinks and hardens.
One of our girls coloring the shrinky dink paper with colored pencils.
Once the coloring part was complete, the girls cut each map out and put a nice hole punch on the edge.
One of the colored maps.
Finally, they were cut around the edges and baked in the oven. We followed the directions on the package. Once removed and cooled, we inserted key rings into the holes. The result – a cool key chain Ghana map!
World Thinking Day is an internationally celebrated holiday for Girl Scouts to remember their international sisters. It serves as a reminder that the United States is only one part of a global community. Troops from around the council pick a country and then come together to educate other scouts about that country. The troops research lots and lots of facts, as well as learn certain words from the native language, create an authentic food, and create swaps that represent that country. They then build a booth so other troops can come learn about the awesomeness of that country.
Our girls have chosen Ghana for their country and have been hard at work painting a flag, making a few different swaps, researching facts and building Adobe houses.
To make the flag above, our Cadettes came up with a great idea to use just basic chart paper and poster board to paint a flag for display at our booth. They taped the two together on the back to make a large flag and then used Apple Barrel Craft paint for the bright colors.
I can’t wait to share more of their finished projects. Their booth is beginning to come together nicely.