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:

Brownie in a Mug

Did you know you can make a Brownie in a mug??

For ingredients and instructions click here – and enjoy your creations 😋

2020 Year in Review Activity Sheet

How about using this activity sheet in your next Zoom meeting?

A creative way to help girls think about the good bits from last year, and their hopes for this year…

How many words can you make using the phrase ‘Brownies are Awesome’?

Another starter activity or fun game for girls to do on Zoom.  How many words can they make using the letters in the phrase ‘Brownies are Awesome’? What is the longest word anyone can think of?

Change the phrase to suit your section: so Guides can ponder over ‘Guides are Awesome’ 💙

Marshmallow Snowmen ⛄

Here’s another Christmassy idea using marshmallows… and an easy activity to do on Zoom during cold or snowy weather next term ❄️❄️❄️

Items needed: kebab stick to hold the three large marshmallows, mini Jaffa cake and rolo for the hat, icing or melted chocolate to stick the Smartie buttons on and coloured icing for the face.

Click here to see what they look like.

Snowflake Challenge? ❄️❄️❄️

Cut out a paper circle. Fold in half to make a semi-circle. Next fold into thirds ie. making two folds in the semi-circle so you end up with a triangular shape. This gives you the starting point for a 6 point snowflake. Click here to see the patterns you can then try cutting out.

Armpit Fudge

Fudge is a festive treat – but have you tried making it this way before? Click here for the recipe and instructions.

Great fun for a Zoom meeting, just let everyone know the ingredients they will need in advance!

OR how about giving it a go with the family over Christmas??

Another puzzle for Brownies to solve

Download the secret message puzzle here.  Particularly suitable for a Brownie Promise night 😉.

A Further Ten ACTION games for girls to play in a Zoom meeting

  • Musical Statues – play lively music loudly on your phone and hold it right next to the speaker on your laptop, to minimise fading in and out on girls’ devices
  • Biscuit on Forehead – each girl starts with a biscuit on their forehead, then tries to get it in her mouth without using her hands! Girls might want numerous attempts at this one!!
  • Fireworks – name a firework, then ask the girls to act out the motion and sound it would make eg. rockets, sparklers, squealers, fountains, starbursts, Catherine wheel
  • How long is a Minute? – each girl starts sitting down, and leader indicates when she starts a timer. Girls are asked to stand when they think a minute has passed. Who will be closest?
  • Number and Action Game – leader 1 calls an action (star jumps, clapping hands etc) and leader 2 rolls a dice/ calls a number. Girls do the chosen action the number of times indicated by the dice
  • Charades
  • Increasing Numbers Scavenger Hunt – so 1 of the first item, 2 of the second, 3 of the third etc
  • Musical Chairs – each girl dances round their own chair until the music stops. Make sure girls are using sturdy chairs, and not swivel office chairs in case of an accident!
  • ‘Snap’ Bingo – first girl says a fact about herself eg. has blue eyes, wears hair in a ponytail, has a brother. Any girls who match spin round and put thumbs up. Each girl takes a turn in saying her fact.
  • Body Parts on Floor – ask girls to strike a pose with a given number of body parts touching the floor… 2 is easy, but what about 1, 3, 4, and maybe even 5? Encourage them to be creative, but to remain safe with the poses they choose!

Who Is …….

This is an activity aimed at building self-esteem and confidence – use the image on Share Screen to initiate discussion and reflection. (Could link in with Be Kind and current world news)

Idea 1️⃣ Identify celebrities/ famous people with each of these qualities/ skills
Idea 2️⃣ Girls rank or identify top 3 qualities/skills for themselves
Idea 3️⃣ Ask girls to identify another girl – You are …. because….

Get Creative using Natural Resources

Encourage girls to enjoy the natural resources we have around us 🍂

Ask girls to collect leaves and twigs when they are out on a walk, or on the way back from school. Remind them to bring paper, pens, scissors, glue and any suitable recycled bits to the meeting.

Encourage everyone to make something using the leaves as a focal point. Have fun sharing the variety of their creations.

TEN more games to play in a Zoom meeting

These will need a little preparation beforehand:

  1. Knife/ Fork/ Spoon – ask the girls to bring a knife, fork and spoon, play as for Rock/ Paper/ Scissors
  2. Number Bingo – girls draw a grid of 12 on paper, and choose 12 numbers between 11 and 20. Leader calls out numbers at random. Who can be first to score a line? Who will be first to shout BINGO?
  3. No See Drawing – girls are told a simple object which they have to draw with their eyes closed. Have fun comparing results!
  4. Hangman – played on the whiteboard
  5. Badges Bingo – girls draw a grid of 8 (Rainbows), 12 (Brownies) or 16 (Guides). Ask them to fill in squares with the names interest badges for their section. They can always refer to their Badge books of they can’t think of them all! Then call out interest badges at random, and see who is first to score a line, and who is first to shout BINGO!
    How about using this as an opportunity to showcase the range of interest badges and ask girls which they will work on next?
  6. Pass a Pen – each girl has a pen, first girl passes it across the screen and names who she is ‘passing’ it to. Named girl then passes her pen across her screen and names another girl. Challenge the girls to remember who hasn’t had a go yet, and to choose them next. Play this a few times and see if you can improve your time for completing with every girl having had a go. Explain this game is about thinking of others, as well as having fun 😊
  7. Drawing in Numbers – ask the girls to draw themselves using only numbers (see post on 13th Oct, and example in comments below). Next can they draw a ‘number’ animal?
  8. Generation Game – played as Kim’s game, but leader passes a given number of objects slowly across her screen… then girls write down as many as they can remember (perhaps Rainbows could remember verbally?)
  9. Pictionary – played on the whiteboard
  10. Pillowcase Game – girls are asked to fill a pillowcase with 10 random objects. Leader then asks 10 questions (eg favourite thing to play with, favourite thing to eat, something to bring to Brownies) and girls each produce an object from their pillowcase as their answer. They may have to get very inventive with their last answers!

Riddle Time

Click here for a riddle to use as a starter activity, as your girls join a Zoom meeting? Put it up on Share Screen, so that each girl can work on it whilst you wait for the inevitable latecomers… perhaps let the girls know in advance there will be a puzzle waiting for them when they log in 🤔

Draw and Paint a Hedgehog

So who wouldn’t want to give this a go?? 😍

How about following up with talking about caring for wildlife in our gardens during the winter?

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?ref=saved&v=390017315729356

TEN games to play on ZOOM with minimal or NO prep 😊

  1. Simon Says (Brown Owl Says)
  2. I Spy (anything that can be seen on screen)
  3. Bean Game (Jumping Bean, French Bean, Beans on toast etc)
  4. Heads or Tails (girls put hands on heads or bottoms, and leader flips a coin for heads or tails)
  5. Buzzy Bees (girls buzz around and flap little wings, when leader shouts ‘Flower’ everyone has to freeze)
  6. Guess Who (one Brownie chooses someone, and the others ask questions with yes/ no answers to guess who)
  7. Higher or Lower (using a pack of cards)
  8. True or False (leader gives a fact, and girls indicate true or false with thumbs up or down)
  9. Girls show using only their hands and face, something they did during the week
  10. Rock Paper Scissors (can you beat the leader’s choice?)
  11. Bingo
  12. Beetle
  13. Guess Who dressing up (using hats, scarves, gloves, wigs, moustaches etc)

Positive Pebbles

A wonderfully positive and mindful activity for all the family… and a great visual for leaders planning the Brownie ‘Positive Pebbles’ Unit Meeting Activity. Click here for pebble examples.

If girls don’t have pebbles and paint to hand, how about planning to do this on paper bunting instead?

S’MORES – Midsummer Sleepover 2020

Never made a S’more before? Here’s Veronica Riches to show you how…️ 🍪🍥🍪

How about toasting your marshmallow over a tealight?? 🕯

Veronica likes her marshmallows toasted until they are JUST gooey, before being sandwiched between two chocolate digestive biscuits 😋 How do you like yours?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-nTM3BZfpU

Parliament Week

Click here for a fun picture for girls to colour in…

and maybe also a starting point for a Parliament Week activity?

MILK can do THIS?!

LEADERS – would you dare try this in a Zoom meeting?
A great opportunity to get parents involved too, if doing this activity with younger girls 👍

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?ref=saved&v=316780842706668

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?

CHALLENGE BADGES:

Racism Awareness Challenge Badge

Racism Awareness Challenge Badge

This Challenge has been created and designed by Eleanor Teather as part of the work towards her Queen’s Guide Award. The badge is suitable for all sections and its aim is to raise awareness about racism and inspire members to become an ally.

For more information and an badge order form download the Racism Awareness Challenge pack.

It’s Christmas! Challenge Badge

It’s Christmas! Challenge badge is a fun badge which can be completed at face-to-face or virtual meetings. It is full of useful links to the guiding programme. The pack was designed by Lisa and Kathryn (leaders at 1st Baldock Brownies) and the badge was designed by one of their Brownies. Lisa and Kathryn are walking the Great Wall of China with Girlguiding in October 2021. This is one of the fantastic opportunities available to adult Guiders and all profits raised will be going towards fundraising for this adventure.

Download the It’s Christmas! Challenge Badge activity pack.

Herts 100 Walking Challenge badge

The county Walking Team have created a new Walking 100 Challenge suitable to do at this time of social distancing, which once completed, you can order a badge. For more information and details on how to order a badge, please click here.

Please note the current stock of badges has now sold out and we are checking demand before we order more. If you would like to do the challenge, please let us know by emailing walking@girlguidinghertfordshire.org.uk.

The Walking Team is very happy to see an enthusiastic response to the Walking 100 Challenge badge. Uptake has been high and people are starting to report having completed their 100km. Some members have reported some amazing wildlife spots along the way including swimming snakes and parakeets. Why not take a look at the challenge and join in the fun?

ACTIVITIES:

Social Games for Lockdown

Stuck at home and wondering what to do with your children?

Here are some wonderful ideas, which can be adapted for whatever ages are playing… fun for all the family 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmaT1rZBwPY

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?