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 or from Amazon.
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.
Please check out some of our other Ghana Thinking Day posts….
Last week, we were looking for another easy Christmas craft that our older Girl Scouts could do and came across this in Hobby Lobby. I love easy, fun crafts that the girls can do in a meeting or less and this was no exception.
You could very easily buy all the parts to this or possibly may have them on hand. However, if you’re like me and looking for something to add at last minute, Hobby Lobby sells a box with all of the pieces included for 24 candy canes. With Christmas sales at 50% off, I bought the entire set for $4.00. If you don’t have a Hobby Lobby near you, I found a similar set with different colors (makes 16) on Amazon located here.
27 Red beads – the beads slide together and remind me of dog bones
27 white beads – same as red
1 piece of wire
1 piece of ornament string for hanging – any string will do
Take a piece of wire (about 8 inches) and use the needle nose wire pliers to form a loop at the bottom so your beads don’t fall off.
Give each girl 27 white beads and 27 red. Have them alternate them in a pattern.
After the beads are attached, use the pliers to curl the opposite end.
The girls can shape the their wire into a candy cane shape, add a string for hanger and Voila! – an ornament ready for hanging.
For our Brownies, I cut the wire and curled the end so they only had to put the beads on in the correct pattern. Once they had strung the beads, we then assisted them in curling the other end.
For our Juniors & Cadettes, we let them cut their own wire and do all of the work. We just assisted if needed.
The result – a super cute candy cane that they could hang on their tree that night. Even our older 8th grade girls, liked this and several asked if they could do more small crafts.
The whole craft took about 15-20 minutes for everyone to finish.