Virtual Ideas and Activities

We would love to share your ideas and success stories on this Activities page to inspire others so please email virtualideas@girlguidinghertfordshire.org.uk with details of what went well online.

Although some Girlguiding units are starting to meet face to face many units are continuing or beginning to meet virtually and we need to continue with alternative ways to communicate and keep in touch. Our County Facebook page is a resource for everyone linked to Guiding: parents (and their daughters) as well as leaders. We aim to provide information, ongoing news and activities on Facebook but will also add these activities for you and your daughter to do together at home on this page so please keep checking this page for updates on activities to do as well as Girlguiding webpage for adventures at home.

VIRTUAL IDEAS:

Broccoli Stamped Fall Leaves

An amazingly simple way to paint an autumnal tree 🍂. https://www.gluedtomycraftsblog.com/2015/11/broccoli-stamped-fall-tree-kid-craft.html?fbclid=IwAR2bE0y7SPRjzGSoJfEWrQo4EtSWuJXefKHET9EBZY3YSN07Jt9X80vvFYo

Easy Chocolate Brownies

Last week on Great British Bake Off, none of the bakers managed to produce a perfect Brownie – so let’s show them how we get on!

Here is Mary Berry’s Easy Chocolate Brownie recipe 😋
Have fun trying this with your kid’s over half term, or use it as a baking activity for a Zoom meeting.

Draw Yourself Using Only Numbers

How about this idea for a quick filler activity on Zoom?

Ask the girls to draw themselves using only numbers – click here for an example in which:
8 – body and head
3 -hair, 0 – eyes, 6 – nose, 7 – smile
3 – legs, 9 – feet
1 – arms, 7 – hands

Encourage the girls come up with their own formulas!

If they enjoy the activity, then perhaps you could challenge them to draw numeric animals another time?

Aromatic Playdough

As we head into autumn – how about having a go at making this aromatic playdough? Click here for the recipe. Hours of fun for children at home…

If made in advance, girls could bring it to a Zoom meeting along with natural bits and pieces for a seasonal crafting session 🍁🍂🌾

Perhaps it could even be made at the start of a Zoom meeting -Rainbows and Brownies would need ADULT supervision with the boiling water. The crafting session could be done later in the meeting when the playdough is cool 🙂

Fall Leaf Owl Craft

Whoooo wouldn’t you like to make cute owls?  A great craft idea for using some of the leaves girls have been collecting in last week’s Scavenger Hunt 🍂.  For instructions on how to make them click here.

Halloween Ghost Toy

A fun craft for children to make with some adult assistance 👩‍👧‍👧 For instructions click here.  How about drawing a girl in her Rainbow or Brownie uniform on the cup, and imagining she is skipping??

Make lots of smiley faces

Have fun and bring joy to everyone in your house and those who walk past… Week 6: Make lots of smiley faces and hang them around your home and in your windows for all to see 🙂😀😄😊☺️😁🙃

‘A smile is happiness you’ll find right under your nose’ – Tom Wilson

Do you know the Brownie Smile song? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQLo5VuKwyE

Share some positivity!

Ask children to leave three positive notes around the home to brighten someone’s day. How about a joke, a funny face and an inspirational quote?

 

ACTIVITIES:

Send a Hug by Post

How many Rainbows, Brownies and Guides would love to send a Hug by Post?? ❤️💛💙

As it gets colder, and lockdowns increase… for many older and vulnerable people staying home means being alone. They may not have friends or family nearby. Hertfordshire Independent Living Service are asking all little artists and young creatives across the county to send them uplifting poems, drawings and messages:

Hertfordshire Independent Living, Comms & Marketing, 16 Green Lane One, Blackhorse Road, SG6 1HB

Scavenger Hunt

Here’s a super Scavenger hunt to encourage youngsters to go out and about looking for signs of autumn 🍂🍁

How about asking girls to collect a variety of leaves and seeds to use for a craft activity – which could be done at either a face to face or Zoom meeting 👍. Please click here for a scavenger hunt list.

Activities you could do at home in the garden

The Hertfordshire Wildlife Trust have some great ideas to do in the garden from creating bee hotels to creating container gardens for wildlife.  Please check out their website.

Sew your badges

Lots of us have got more time on our hands – so why not use them and sew your badges onto something? How many of you have badges waiting to be sewn onto your gilet, sash, uniform or camp blanket? Can you learn to sew them on yourself? Ask a grown up for help and learn a new skill.

Have fun with emojis 🙂

What film titles can you depict using just emojis? Probably everyone can guess ❄️⛄️👭🏰

How about making a Ladybird book mark?

Did you know that in Ireland Rainbows are called Ladybirds? And a Ladybird leader is called Coccinella? Follow this link to find out more.

A-Z Scavenger Hunt

Make a list from A to Z. Can you can find things around your home beginning with every letter of the alphabet?. Which letters were the most difficult? What were the funniest things you found?
Share your weird and wonderful findings with your friends!

Keep a Journal

This activity is most suitable for Rangers, Guides and older Brownies. We are living in a time of enormous change and uncertainty. Maybe this will open up conversations where girls can share their observations and feelings about what they are experiencing?

Make your Promise in Makaton

Here is a great activity for all sections to try. How many of us will be able to make our promise in Makaton when we meet again? Makaton is a language programme that uses signs and symbols. Anyone can practise making the Makaton promise (even if you’ve already made yours!). 🤚 See more instructions and videos: https://bit.ly/2xHZ0Lj

Start a Gratitude Book today

Keep adding to it each week. This will be a useful reminder of all the things you are thankful for, to look through when you are feeling down.  In difficult times, it’s important to remember the positives. Take a photo or draw a picture of five things you’re thankful for and put them all together to create a Gratitude book.

Pamper Someone

How about a nice treat for the weekend? Take time to pamper someone, to show how much you love them… maybe pamper the whole family, including yourself! Take someone breakfast in bed, run a bubbly bath, paint their nails, prepare a special meal… or simply make them a nice cup of tea or coffee, while they put their feet up 

Boredom Busters

Staying Home, Saving Lives’ doesn’t need to be boring!

This wonderful pack of guiding inspired challenges has been put together by Girlguiding North West England. Which activity will you try first? Click here to get started: https://buff.ly/343BZyw

Dance Party

We are all spending more time on our screens during lockdown… for work, play, education and socialising. So it is more important than ever before to keep up our daily exercise. Here’s a fun activity for all ages: make up a dance routine to your favourite song 🎶 Teach it to everyone in your family. Practise it every day. And most importantly… have fun! Pick your favourite song and make up a dance routine. Or you could try either the #OhNaNaNa or #BlindingLights dance challenge! 👣 Why not film yourself and teach others your dynamite dance moves?

Fairy House

Let’s enjoy the good weather ☀️ Here is something creative to do outside… Build a Fairy House using whatever you can find in your own garden: twigs, leaves, feathers, moss, stones, flowers (ask permission from a grown up before picking any flowers!) If you haven’t got a garden, collect some natural building materials when you are out for your daily walk. Bring them home and create your Fairy House indoors. Or how about making aerials?

Toy Safari

Take your soft toys and teddy bears on holiday for the weekend! Create exciting places for them to visit around your home and garden. Take photos to show where they have been, and make a photo album of their adventures. Perhaps they could visit the Fairy House you made? Soft toys need adventure too! Create a photo diary of your toys having lots of adventures. Maybe they’ll go into the jungle (garden or houseplant), or fall asleep somewhere they shouldn’t.

Self Portrait

Challenge: can you make a self-portrait without using any pens, pencils or paint? Use any objects you find around your house or garden. Be creative with string hair, pasta noses, buttonhole eyes – anything goes!🕶🍂🥚🥐🍇🔑✂️🧲📀🧩 

Create a Bridge

🌉 Our friends at Amey are great at designing and maintaining bridges!

Place two chairs apart (or anything to form your a bridge base) and use different materials (clothes, boxes) to bridge the gap.

🔨 Can you create a bridge strong enough to roll a tin over it? Share your bridges with us!

Share your favourite childhood stories

Think back to your favourite books when you were a child. Share these stories with your children. You don’t need to have a copy to hand – you can tell a story from memory and have fun making it exciting, funny, sad or intriguing 📖

Photo Frame

Do you have a favourite photo you want to display? 🖼️ Make a picture frame for it using any kind of material you have to hand. How can you make that memory even more special?