Saturday, 24 November 2007

Christmas Games

Original Source: Tiger, Quebec City, Canada

Wrap a present - Again, in relay fashion, each team has a table with a box, wrapping paper, ribbon, bow and tape. The amount of supplies will depend on the number of players in each team. The idea is to rush up to the table and wrap the box with a layer of paper. The final few players will add ribbon, add a bow, and perhaps a gift tag. You can make this whole idea more interesting by everyone having to wear oven mitts or thick gloves. Small groups can go twice, and maybe with your larger groups the last person has to done some sort of costume and deliver the parcel.
Imagination runs free.......

Another activity that involves everyone is another off-shoot from musical chairs. A large garbage bag is passed from hand to hand and when the music stops, the person left holding the bag removes an article of clothing or decoration from the bag and "puts it on". Play continues til everyone has something to wear and the bag is empty. Make sure and take a group photo for this one! (WARNING: Head lice alert for those caps and hats included in the bag)

Twelve Days of Christmas

Just because you never have it when you want it .....

On the first day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
A Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the second day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
2 Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the third day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
3 French Hens
2 Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the fourth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
4 Calling Birds
3 French Hens
2 Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the fifth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
5 Golden Rings

4 Calling Birds
3 French Hens
2 Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the sixth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
6 Geese a Laying
5 Golden Rings

4 Calling Birds
3 French Hens
2 Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the seventh day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
7 Swans a Swimming
6 Geese a Laying
5 Golden Rings

4 Calling Birds
3 French Hens
2 Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the eighth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
8 Maids a Milking
7 Swans a Swimming
6 Geese a Laying
5 Golden Rings

4 Calling Birds
3 French Hens
2 Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the ninth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
9 Ladies Dancing
8 Maids a Milking
7 Swans a Swimming
6 Geese a Laying
5 Golden Rings

4 Calling Birds
3 French Hens
2 Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the tenth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
10 Lords a Leaping
9 Ladies Dancing
8 Maids a Milking
7 Swans a Swimming
6 Geese a Laying
5 Golden Rings

4 Calling Birds
3 French Hens
2 Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the eleventh day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
11 Pipers Piping
10 Lords a Leaping
9 Ladies Dancing
8 Maids a Milking
7 Swans a Swimming
6 Geese a Laying
5 Golden Rings

4 Calling Birds
3 French Hens
2 Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the first day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
12 Drummers Drumming
11 Pipers Piping
10 Lords a Leaping
9 Ladies Dancing
8 Maids a Milking
7 Swans a Swimming
6 Geese a Laying
5 Golden Rings

4 Calling Birds
3 French Hens
2 Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

Christmas Angel

Original Source: Jane Maddin, 1st Orleans Pathfinders, Orleans, Ontario, Canada

Ecru or white crochet cotton
A small ribbon rose
15 inches of Pearls on a string.
12 inches of narrow ribbon
a small round stiffened doily

(I used a 6 inch Battenburg lace doily, which I stiffened with fabric stiffener the day before and folded in half, and let dry overnight.)
And a lo-melt glue gun

Make a tassle for the body of the angel with the crochet cotton by wrapping the cotton around one hand. (How to make a tassle - One hundred and twenty five wraps made a nice tassle about 4 inches long, on my hand. Tie a piece of crochet cotton about 6 inches long through the loops [this will also be your hanger, so knot it at the top], fold the loops down and tie a second piece about 6 inches long, around the whole thing about one half an inch below the crochet cotton that you tied first. Cut through all the loops at the bottom of the tassle.)

With your fingers smooth out the strings of your tassle. Decide which will be the front and back. The half inch area at the top is her head! Take one and one half inches of beads off the 15 inches that you had to start - you will make her halo with this!
Fold the ribbon in half. Fold the long string of beads in half. Glue the ribbon and the beads together in the center and glue them on to her chest. Take a few strands from the right and left sides of the tassle to be arms. Cut them shorter so that they are the right length. You might want to tie a small piece of cotton around her 'wrists' but you don't really have to. Glue her hands onto the fold in the ribbon and beads - against her chest and then glue the ribbon flower onto of them.

Take the short piece of beads, shape it into a ring and glue it onto the back of her head to be the halo. Don't glue your hanger into the halo!! You may find it easier to glue one end down, wait for it to dry a bit (only a couple of seconds) and then twist the other end around and glue it down.
Glue the stiffened doily onto her back, again being careful not to catch the hanger in the glue.

The instructions look a little tricky, but really this is a very simple craft!

Pine Cone Christmas Tree centrepiece

Original Source: Ann, gsusa - Illinois crossroads council - Palatine

Trim the pine cone so it stands on end.
Spray with green spray paint and then while wet sprinkle with fine white glitter. Glue a small red skirt around the bottom of your tree (tree skirt) and place a few small wrapped boxes on the bottom.

Readers Digest Christmas Tree

Ok, as promised, some Christmas goodies ... let me know if you try any of these things out :-)

Readers Digest Christmas Tree
Original Source: Bonnie Sedore

•Readers Digest magazine
•Spray paint( green, gold, or silver)

Remove both covers from magazine.
Take the upper right hand corner of the first page & bring it down so that the top edge of the page rest against the glued binding of the magazine.
Now crease this first fold, carefully.
Again take this page &fold it over until the crease rests against the glued binding of the magazine.
Crease second fold.
Finally fold the triangle (that overlaps the bottom of the magazine) upward so it will be even with the bottom of the book, crease it.
The first page is finished continue folding & creasing the remaining pages.
When the magazine is completely folded glue the front & back pages together. Paint tree, add glitter while wet add star to top.

Saturday, 17 November 2007

Sorry, MIA

Sorry I haven't updated here in so long - I'm planning to get some Christmas ideas up on here in the next wee while.
I have been working for the last 6 weeks and after not "working" for 7 years it was a VERY rude shock to the system. Anyway I am down to just 3 more days to go and then my time is a bit more my own for a while at least.
So check back in soon for some Christmas ideas ... :-)

Saturday, 15 September 2007

Parachute Games

Popcorn: Place a number of beanbags on the chute. Shake the chute to make them rise like popcorn.
Poison Snake:Place four to six jump ropes on the chute. By shaking the chute, try to make them hit the players on the other side. Keep track of who gets bitten.
Pompoms: Put the pompoms in the middle. Sprinkle various sized pompoms in the top of the shoot and try to get them into the middle pocket. You could have teams with different colours and count how many they get in.
Shaking the Rug and Making Waves: Shaking rug involves rapid movement either light or heavy. Making waves are large movements to send billow of cloth up and down like waves. Waves can be small, medium or large. Girls can alternate turns to see who can make the best waves.

There are many other games that involve running under the chute that can be played with a girl in a wheelchair if someone helps her. Such as
Merry go Round. Turn the body so that the chute is held with only one hand, walk, hop, jump, skip around holding the chute. It looks like a merry-go-round.
Wave Where one person puts hands up and person next to her follows action. (like the wave at a baseball game)
Cathedral Everyone lowers the chute and then on the count of three raise their arms high once the chute is quite high - everyone takes 3-4 giant steps toward the centre and pulls the chute behind them and sit down with their bottoms on the edge of the chute.
Cat and mouse (although some might find this dangerous - just make sure the cat is crawling on all fours and not running upright) One girl - the mouse - is under the chute, everyone is shaking it - quite close to the ground and another girl (shoes off) crawls on top and tries to hunt and tag the mouse.
We try to let everyone who wants to have a turn 'in the ocean'. Everyone is standing and one or two girls (shoes off) go toward the centre and lie down - then we all make waves - it's a neat sensation.
It is also neat to let one lie in the middle and go for a ride - when everyone is holding with one arm and facing the same direction and walking. (merry go round)
If the chute is a large one...the girls love to run (or in the case of the girl in thee wheelchair - roll) underneath and switch places with others - could number them 1 through 5 around the circle- and then call out a number. (lots of screams for this one)

The Great Canadian Snowshoe Race

Original Source: Sparkle '88 at Doe Lake courtisy of the International Games session

Equipment - one thing to go around for each team, newspaper sheets ripped into quarters (about 40cmx60cm?) (one pair for each team plus a few extras)

Its a relay game.
Divide group into even teams (about 5 kids per team but its flexible).
Give the first person on each team a set of snowshoes (2 pieces of paper).
They put the snoeshoes on the ground and stand on them. On "GO" they shuffle to the other end of the area, around the thing and back to the team.
If a snowshoe is lost then they have to shuffle back to it and if it becomes ripped they have to go to the "store" - one leader has extra snowshoes and is standing relatively equal distance from each team,- and they must start their turn again. The winner is the team who finishes first with snowshoes in "good" shape (ie no rips or tears or only small ones).

It should be noted that sock feet don't work very well with this game.


Character: Active Indoor Outdoor

Can be played with any number.

The Guider calls out various types of beans and the girls perform the correct action.

Runner Beans - run around
Jumping Beans - jump
Baked Beans - lie out in the sun
Chilli beans - shiver
Frozen Beans - Stand still
broad Beans - Stand with legs as far apart as possible
French Beans - say "Oh La La!"
String Beans - stand still, arms straight up.
Dwarf Beans - squat down
Has Beans - fall on the floor

Thursday, 6 September 2007

ZipLock Omelet

Each person writes her name on a quart-size ziploc freezer bag with permanent marker.
Crack 2 eggs (lg or extra-lg) into the bag not more than 2) shake to combine them.
Put out a variety of ingredients such as: cheeses, onion, green pepper, mushrooms, olives, tomato, salsa, etc.

Each person adds prepared ingredients of choice to their bag & shakes. Make sure to get the air out of the bag & zip it up. Place the bags into rolling, boiling water for exactly 13 minutes. You can usually cook 6-8 omelets in a large pot. For more, make another pot of boiling water.

Open the bags & the omelet will roll out easily. Be prepared for everyone to be amazed.

Kid's Bag Bread

Original Source: Debby, 68th Pencarrow Guides

Give child a 1 gallon ziplock bag
In the bag place:
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tbls. yeast
1 tsp. salt
Seal the bag and gently shake until well mixed. Open and add:
2 tbls. vegetable oil
2 tbls. honey
1 cup warm water

Squeeze out as much air as you possibly can and reseal the bag. Squeeze bag with your hands to mix the contents until smooth. Then open the bag and add:

1 cup white flour
1/2 cup wheat flour

Reseal the bag, being sure to squeeze out all the air you can. Knead about 10 minutes. Child can just knead on a table. Place bag in a warm place and cover with a clean towel. Let dough raise until doubled.
Grease bread pan. When dough is ready, punch down and take out of bag and put dough in the bread pan. Cover with a towel and let rise until just above the top of pan. Bake at 350^ for 30 minutes. Enjoy!!!

You could do it as a patrol and shape into rolls, snails or hedgehogs instead of loaves.

Fizzing Sherbet

Original Source: Anne Elzenaar

(plenty for 6-8 girls)

1 cup icing sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp citric acid
1 tsp tartaric acid
2 Tbsp fruit drink powder

Mix all ingredients together well. Divide up amongst you.

We wrapped it up in wax paper - and providing cut straws would be a nice touch :)

Zip-Lock Ice Cream

Original Source: Dori Byron, Michigan
AgeGroups: Pippins/Brownies/Guides/

I have made this very successfully at an outdoor camp (a visitor brought in the ice) and with my Pippin aged 5+6


1/2 cup milk (it doesn't matter what kind, whole, 2%, chocolate, etc.
1 Tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla (you might try other flavourings)

1.Add these to a medium size zip lock freezer bag and zip shut.
2.Place that bag in a larger zip lock bag
3.Add ice to fill bag 1/2 way, 6 Tablespoons salt (rock or regular)
4.Zip that one shut and shake, turn, toss, and mix the bag. In about 5-10 minutes you will have cold hands and yummy ice cream.

Don't double this it doesn't seem to work.
Be sure you get all the salt off the small bag before you open it.

Sunday, 19 August 2007

Catch the Stick

Each player has a stick. Players form a circle leaving about five paces between each other. Each person holds her stick in front, keeping it upright with one end on the ground.
When the leader calls out "Change" each person lets go of her stick and reaches to catch the stick of the person to her right before it falls to the ground. If the stick falls. the person who should have caught it is out. The game is over when only one person is left.

Now for my variations: Only one stick is used, the girls all have a number and stand in a circle with the person in the middle with a stick. The person in the middle calls a number and that person has to catch the stick the person who called the number then takes her position and her number. If the stick is dropped that person calling the numbers remains in the middle.

Original Source: Wendy Baker, Canada


"Mora" means finger in Italian. This is an old game which is very popular.

Two players face each other and count in Italian, "Uno, duo, tre" and then shout out numbers between the two (this could be in English). At the same time they throw out any number of fingers on one hand. The player who accurately guesses the total number of fingers is the winner.

Original Source: Wendy Baker, Canada

Italian Kim's Game

Give each small group a copy of the map of Italy. Play Kim's game using this map.

After letting the groups study the maps for a given length of time, have them turn the map over and then ask questions such as:-

Which body of water lies to the south of Italy?
What city is almost in the centre of Italy?
What mountains lie in the north of Italy?
What is the name of island which looks like it is a soccer ball being kicked by Italy?
What colour is the country to the east of Italy on this map? etc.

To check, have the groups look at the map again and then repeat the questions so they can see if they had the correct answers.

The give each girl a piece of paper and a pencil and challenge her to draw the outline of Italy. While all of them probably know it is shaped like a boot, let them see how close they can come to the actual outline.

Original Source: Wendy Baker, Canada

Sunday, 29 July 2007

Here We Go Around The World Centres

Original Source: Wendy Baker, Ontario, Canada.
AgeGroups: Pippins/Brownies/Guides

Tune: Here we go 'round the Mulberry Bush"


Here we go around the World
Here we go around the World
Here we go around the World
To visit……OUR CHALET.

At OUR CHALET we meet the Swiss;
On mountain heights we climb like this,
We might see a goat, or an Eidelweiss,

Chorus (change last line to)
To visit PAX LODGE

From PAX LODGE we see the sights
Of London Town and city lights
We meet the English on rainy nights
While we're cosy at PAX LODGE.

Chorus :…..

OUR CABANA's in Mexico
And off to a bull fight we all go
Arts and crafts to children we show
When saying at OUR CABANA.

And now we go to SANGAM

India's SANGAM is far away
But we'll see the life of Old Bombay
We'll dance and sing all through the day
When we go to SANGAM.

These are the centres for Girl Scouts or Guides
We think of them with joy and pride
For we have travelled far and wide
All around the World.

(Actions can be added, and the chorus could be danced)

Build The Leaning Tower

Original Source : Shelagh Walsh, Canada

Materials: Toothpicks and lots of miniature marshmallows

The Leaning Tower is one of the three parts which make up the Cathedral of Pisa. it was built over 700 years ago and today it leans over more than four meters.

Give each team a supply of toothpicks and marshmallows and challenge them to build the Leaning Tower of Pisa. See which group can build the tallest, skinniest and the one which leans over the most without actually falling over.

Mexican Police Officer

Original Source : Shelagh Walsh, Canada

One person is the traffic police officer. The players divide into teams.

Each PERSON gets 3 dried beans (if the teams are unequal numbers, you could give each team 9 beans, so 2 people would have 4 & 5 beans, 3 people would have 3 beans each.)

Everyone except the traffic police officer are vehicles, cars, buses, trucks, maybe even helicopters or donkey carts. They mill around being vehicles until the traffic police officer holds up her hand "stop." All vehicles freeze, anyone caught moving has to pay a fine of a bean.

At the end (5 minute time limit?) the team with the most beans wins. After playing this a few times last night, it was decided the traffic police officer would actually yell the Spanish word for "stop" (which is alto) because people might be looking the other way. It is difficult to be a good vehicle & watch the traffic police officer all the time.

We like this, because even if you are lousy at it & lose all your beans, the rest of your team might still have theirs, & you might still win!

Simple, practically free (dried beans are cheap), a Mexican children's game, & lots of fun for all ages.

Thursday, 19 July 2007

International Chocolate

Original Source: Anne Saywell, Brown Owl, 2nd Bridport Brownies, Dorset,UK

One of the things I do with international trainings is to put bowls of chocolate from different countries around the room. Everyone then has to go round, sample, and decide which countries it all comes from. This is usually very popular (!) and leads naturally to a discussion about how it could be expanded for the girls - looking up places on an atlas or globe, finding the flag, the Brownie/Guide uniform, etc. etc.

Ask a Guider whether her girls would enjoy this activity and I have never had anyone say "no". (Yet!!)

3 International Games

Original Source: Tiger, Quebec City, Canada,
Character: Active

I Sell Oil (Cyprus)

The players crouch in a circle, facing inwards. One of the players holds a handkerchief in the folds of her skirt (or pocket) and walks behind them saying, "I sell oil, I sell honey, my master is dead, and I need money," or something similar, and bending down, pretending to drop the handkerchief behind one of them. If one of the sitters realises that the handkerchief has actually been dropped behind her, she must jump up, run after the seller, and touch her. If she catches the seller before the seller reaches her empty place, she wins and goes back and crouches in her own place, but if the seller is quick and reaches the empty place before being caught, she squats and the other one sells oil. If she is caught, she carries on selling until she is successful.

Fire On The Mountain (Tanzania)

Play with any number of players and a leader. Players lie on their backs and choose a key word that is their signal to jump quickly to their feet. The leader begins by calling, "Fire on the Mountain!" and all the players shout, "Fire!" but remain on their backs. The leader continues to call, "Fire on the ....", changing the location with each call, and the players shout back "Fire!". At anytime and in any part of the sentence, the leader can call the key word and everyone jumps up. As children in Tanzania play it, the last person up is eliminated and the game continues until one winner is left, but you can simply have the last person up each time replace the leader.

Birds, Giants, Dwarfs (Greece)

The Brownies stand in a circle with one Brownie in the middle. She gives the orders: "Birds"; "Giants"; "Dwarfs"; or "Wicked Witch". When the order is "Birds" the Brownies pretend to fly. They walk tall for "Giants" and creep low for "Dwarfs". When the Brownie in the middle calls "Wicked Witch", all the Brownies run away to a place which has been chosen beforehand. The Brownie in the middle chases them, and the first one to be caught gives the orders next.

These three games are the way they play them in their countries. If you wish to make them more "politically correct" to suit your needs, feel free.

The Geek Comes Through

All good things come to those who wait long enough :-) The geek has reinstalled things so that I could access the database so we are all go again. I will continue to find International Ideas for August.


Wednesday, 11 July 2007


The Geek has just upgraded us to Vista and so things are taking a bit longer to get going than I thought and I can't currently access the famous database - I'm sure I will be able to though - watch this space!!!

Tuesday, 3 July 2007

International Shopping

Original Source: Doris Cavallin, Ottawa
AgeGroups: Brownies/Guides
Character: Active International

To play: The players are in patrols, gouped in various parts of the room.

The game leader has a list of items that could be bought in a store.

One person from each patrol, the "shopper" comes to the leader.

All are given the same items (whisper so the rest can't hear).

They return to their patrol which is the "shop" and act out what they want to buy, because the "shopkeepers" don't understand English.

The first patrol to guess correctly wins, and new "shoppers" go to the game leader.

Try these items: umbrella, pound of butter, jar of honey, wedding ring, bikini, ballet shoes, pencil sharpeners, bicycle pump, automobile tire, nosedrops.

Mexican Camphat Blanket

AgeGroups: Pippins/Brownies/Guides

We had a Special Spark Day, with an international theme last January. One of the crafts the girls did was to make a Mexican camphat blanket. You know those woven Mexican serape type blankets that are available. Those really colourful ones with the fringes.

Well, here is our camphat rendition.

1. Cut out some pieces of felt, 3 inches, by 5 inches, any old color will do. Fray the ends by just snipping the long ends in about a half inch each.
2. Pre cut a huge batch of very bright colourful yarns to the exact length of your felt blanket strip, minus the frayed edge ends - probably 4 inches long would be good.

Give the girls each a felt 3 x 5 piece of felt with frayed ends. Give each girl a film canister of white glue and a Popsicle stick. Let her choose the colours of wool pieces she'd like to use (give them lots of choice and many bright solid colours)

Let them go wild with the gluing on of the yarn strips. Have them glue the strips very tightly together along the length of the blanket.

Some girls just make a hodge podge of colour, others choose to have coordinated colour coded patterns. Whatever they choose, they are all beautiful when the glue dries.

Supply with a gold pin to pin it to their hats.

International Teams

Lucky for us it's the holidays and I can sneak some extra time on the computer ..... I am trying to come up with International ideas at the moment with August being International Month.

Game: International Teams
Original Source: Te Rama
AgeGroups: Guides/Rangers
Character: International

To get people into teams;

Make up a set of cards with a country and the foods traditional to that country, the number of foods would depend on how many you want in a team.
ie. Mexico, nachos, tacos, tortilla, enchiladas - 5 cards per set.

Pin a card on each persons back and ask them to find their group.

Ideal for parents evening, international evening, or when another unit visits.

Try to have food from each group for supper.

Sunday, 1 July 2007

The Slapping Game

Original Source: Jane Maddin, Ontario, Canada
AgeGroups: Brownies/Guides/Rangers
Character: International

Number of Players: Any number from 10 and up.

Source: My Pathfinders here taught me this one, but I understand it came from Our Cabana, so is INTERNATIONAL.

The girls get in a circle and then each girl lies down on the floor on her tummy with her hands in front of her and her palms flat on the floor (sort of like a collapsed push up position). Then each girl puts her hands on the other side of the hands of the girl on either side of her.

(This is MUCH more complicated to describe than it is to do, trust me!)
This means that there are two hands in front of each girl on the floor. The hand on the left is the right hand of the girl to her left, and the hand on the right is the left hand of the girl on her right. Her hands are in front of the two girls on either side of her.

Rules: One girl is chosen to start and she indicates which direction the slap is travelling. Let's say, for ease of explanation that she picks her right. She slaps her right hand on the floor. If she slaps ONCE, the slap continues to travel to the right. If she slaps TWICE the slap travels in the opposite direction. I think that I would get a room full of girls who have never played this before, to each slap once to get the idea of the slap travelling.

If you miss your turn, or you slap out of turn, that hand comes out of the circle. You have to mess up twice to be kicked out of the game. The game is over when only one person is left - HOWEVER, this could be a VERY long game, you might want to stop when 5 people have been kicked out, or when 10 hands have been eliminated from the game!

Another New Blog is Born

About 10 years ago , my husband - the Geek - convinced me that a better way to store all my Guding games, crafts and ideas would be in a database on the computer. He thought that there would be a couple of hundred entries and that would have me sorted but several thousand entries were added before he would wonder at the size of the beast.

He was sort of right - the database is a good way to store the vast amount of stuff - I can search and find activities on many different topics easily rather than rifling through mountains of papers but it is not so easy to take to trainings or to share with others.

So the Geek came up with another plan - create a blog and post ideas each week that others can access and so "Guiding Stuff" was born. I am hoping to add pasts weekly but we all know what life is like so please forgive me now if I am not keeping to the schedule. If you are anything like me though only getting new ideas once a week may not be enough ........

Feel free to leave me a comment, request a game/song/ craft idea or send me ideas to include.

I also appologise now if you see one of my activities posted and you know that I have not acknowledged the correct source - when all this started 10 years ago I was a bit slap dash about recording the original source and now, while I am heaps better, sometimes you just do not know where it came from. If you see something that has not been properly acknowledged then drop me a line and I will fix it up.