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This bath bomb

 

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…was a Christmas present from a Guide Leader in 2010.

It’s followed me through 6 house moves, 4 counties and 3 Girlguiding units, forgotten in a box or drawer with other bath stuff that I forget to use.

I rediscovered it a few weeks ago and realised it’s older than some of my Rainbows. Which is just silly. So I finally used it, and it was lovely: it made the bath water all pink and shimmery. Worth waiting 6 years for.

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Summer cooking: fruit kebabs

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Going back to the summer term, we had a good meeting making fruit and veg kebabs.

To make it more interesting than just putting fruit on a stick, the Rainbows took it in turns to spin a spinner (like the ones below), and whichever colour it landed on, they had to take a piece of fruit or veg of that colour from a bowl and put that on their stick. If they didn’t like anything in that colour, they could spin roll again or just choose something else.

As far as I remember, the selection was:

  • Red: strawberry, red pepper
  • Orange: orange, orange pepper
  • Yellow: banana, yellow pepper
  • Green: apple, green pepper
  • Blue: blueberry
  • Purple: purple grape

When a Rainbow filled up her kebab, she stopped spinning and let the others in her group carry on until they filled theirs. When everyone had filled their kebab, they got to eat them.

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I printed these on card, cut out the hexagon shape, and stuck a pencil through the middle. I can’t remember what the numbers were for: we didn’t need them

Super spa night

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The week before Mothers’ Day, the girls invited the significant women in their lives to Guides and gave them an evening of spa treatment.

As the ladies arrived, the Guides showed them to a seat, offered them a magazine to read, and brought them hot drinks and biscuits, while the leaders finished getting the beauty things ready.

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When we were ready, the girls asked their ladies what beauty treatment they would like.  We had hand/foot scrubs (sugar and oil), hand and foot lotion (yogurt and something else that made it pink and strawberry-scented for hands, green and peppermint-scented for feet), face masks (porridge oats and something else?), cucumbers for their eyes, and nail files, buffers and polish.

Unit Helper had done a brilliant job making up all the potions and lotions in advance.  She brought them along in big tubs and we decanted them into smaller bowls and cups which we could give to individual Guides.

As it was Unit Helper’s birthday, we thought she shouldn’t do any more work, so she sat down and was looked after by some Guides who hadn’t brought anyone with them.

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It was a fun evening, and I think nice for the mums and Guides to spend time together and for the mums to see roughly what a Guide meeting is like.  We only had about 2/3 attendance – most of the older girls and the ones who run a mile from the word “beauty” were absent – but maybe that was just as well as the hall was just comfortably full.  Lots of washing up at the end, but a good pleasant evening.

This is the way we brush our teeth

In the run-up to Pack Holiday, I helped at a couple of Brownie meetings to get to know the girls, as I’m not normally their leader.

This meeting ticked off a couple of boxes in my residential qualification book about making sure the girls know about food hygiene and staying healthy on holiday, and it also counts towards the Brownie Skills badge, which the girls are all working on whether they’re going on holiday or not.  Oh, and these skills are generally useful in life…

We started by putting paint on the Brownies’ hands.  First we did a role play of how paint (i.e. germs) can easily spread from one person to the next.  Then they washed the paint off wearing blindfolds, to see if they were washing as thoroughly as they thought.  The first few Brownies missed spots like their thumbs and wrists, but after that they got wise and actually most hands were pretty clean!  It took a while to get through everyone, even with two handwashing bowls on the go, but a lovely leader did some songs and games with those who were waiting/had finished.

After that, we did tooth brushing!  The Brownies stood round a table in Sixes.  Everyone had a beaker of water, and each table had a spit bowl (nice, I know).  First they chewed on disclosure tablets to see how plaquey their teeth were.  They also noticed their tongues turned purple, which was a good opportunity to remind them to brush their tongues as well.  Then they brushed their teeth, and they had to guess when 2 minutes was up and stop brushing.  I was surprised how patient they were: the first Brownie stopped around 1:40, a couple were very close to the 2 minute mark, but most stopped at about 3 minutes.  I called a halt at 4 minutes, when a few enthusiastic brushers were still going!

After we’d tidied the toothy things away, there was just time for a bit of drama.  Each Six was given a pack holiday scenario, and they had to act out first what they thought would be the wrong thing to do in that situation, and then what they thought would be the right thing to do.  I’d prepared 8 options, though we didn’t use all of them:

You are washing up and one Brownie accidentally breaks a plate.

It’s bedtime. Some Brownies want to sleep, but others want to stay up and play.

It’s bedtime and one Brownie in your bedroom feels ill.

One Brownie in your Six is teasing another because she thinks her slippers are silly.

You are helping in the kitchen. A leader is explaining what to do, but one Brownie is not listening.

You have been outside and your shoes are wet and muddy when you come in.

You have been doing crafts and now the room is in a mess with paper and pens everywhere.

Your Six can’t agree what to do for a performance. Some Brownies want to do a song and others want to do a dance.

We only gave them about a minute to prepare, and then whizzed through the performances, with a little bit of discussion about the situations.  Generally they all seemed to understand and choose a sensible course of action!

That took us to the end.  I did enjoy going to Brownies, as it’s been about 18 months since I was a Brownie leader in another town.  It’s always interesting seeing what’s similar and different between packs – for example, this pack doesn’t sing “We’re Brownie Guides” at the beginning of meetings, but (like all Brownies I’ve met) they love wink murder and Chinese whispers.  I’ve been able to put a few names to faces – maybe a third of the pack? – which is a start.  Roll on pack holiday!