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.