Friday, 12 November 2010

November already!

Hello everyone!

Very sorry that I haven't been posting as regularly as I should - you don't know how difficult it is to use a computer when you're made of card, I have to get a leader to type all this out for me, and Brownie leaders are very busy people I'm told!

Our Brownies have been quite busy too, although we've had quite a lot of nights off recently - our Brownies meet on Mondays so that means there are quite a few Mondays during term when we are not at school, so not at Brownies! We have been doing lots of fun stuff though. At the moment we are working on our artist's badge - making pop-up cards, patterned paper and bookmarks.

A couple of weeks ago we went to the big Finale event in Edinburgh's corn exchange! That was super-fun. We had a proper photo taken of our unit (with me and Teddy too) before we went in, then there was Bollywood dancing, mask making and mocktails/chocolate fountain for the Brownies before we all renewed our promise with everyone else in the whole country at 20:10 on 20/10/2010. I like numbers, maybe we should do our number fun badge in Brownies soon?

Teddy and I started this blog to try and visit 100 places as part of Adventure 100 - we didn't quite get there in time, but we've got the travel bug now -  we are going to keep visiting places, so stay tuned for more adventures!

That's all for now,


Thursday, 30 September 2010

A Game!

This is one of our favourite games, called dishes and bowls. All you need is some sports markers!

What you do is split into 2 teams - one team are dishes, the others are bowls.
The markers are placed around the room, half the right way up, other half upside down. The goal of the team is to turn all of the markers the way they want it.
 The winners are the team with the most markers facing the way they want them after a certain time. This game is really good for lots or little numbers of people and can be renamed to suit your theme for the evening (mountains and valleys, stars and black holes, apples and pears... whatever!)

Friday, 24 September 2010

Healthy Nails :)

Teddy is ready for a manicure

It's important to look after your hands and nails, so after learning how to wash our hands properly (and the other parts of us that ended up covered in red paint) we had a hand and nail pampering session. We also had combs and some nice new hair bobbles to do our hair too.

Monday, 20 September 2010

Caught Red Handed!

International Clean Hands Week is from 19th to 25th September!
We have Inspection most weeks at our Brownies, where we check (one or two from the list) that we have: Clean hands and nails, hair tied back, trainers or gym shoes on and have our handbooks. Not many people get full marks for clean hands....

Sooo, one evening we decided to see how well we can wash our hands. This is an activity in the Brownie Adventure handbook. What you do is, get some red paint, mix it with hand soap, and rub it on your hands! [note for people wanting to try this: you don't need much, start with a little and spread it out, otherwise you will be waiting aaaages for it to dry]

Once it is dry, close your eyes, try to wash your hands, then open your eyes again to see which bits you missed.


Sunday, 5 September 2010

#14 Jersey

While Teddy was under the sea, I was by the sea! Lovely A took me to Jersey with her.

Jersey is a very strange place - it is British, but it is very close to France and so all the streets have French names. And they have their own special telephone network so I couldn't call Teddy on my mobile while I was there.
 The weather was beautiful and I got a little bit damp while I was watching some watersports. Not to worry, I dried off pretty quickly!

How cool does that building look? The curves look a bit like a snail shell.

I had such a lovely time, and was especially excited that I got to fly on a plane for the first time ever. 

Thanks A!

Friday, 3 September 2010

#13 Deep Sea World

There is so much to do around our city, hopefully you will get an idea of some of the fun things from upcoming posts (I bet you're excited to find out where else we have been..!!)

On our summer adventures, we went to Deep Sea World, which is just over the other side of the huuge Forth Road Bridge. Going over the bridge is exciting enough for me, but when you get to Deep Sea World, wow! You can see a Dory fish (did you know they were real fish?) and touch starfish and then there is an underwater tunnel with a moving floor - you stand still and the floor moves around under the tunnel so you can see the fish and SHARKS swimming around above you. It is very cool.
Oh, and there are seals, too!

Just keep swimming.....


Thursday, 2 September 2010

Cool Party!

This was for one of the challenges in Adventure 100. We had a 'Cool Party', where we dressed up in as many clothes as we could fit, then ate lots of chilled or frozen foods.

This was a few months ago now, a lot of our bigger Brownies are now Guides!!

 And I can tell you that results of the recent poll for favourite ice cream was.....


Monday, 30 August 2010

#12 The Park

Teddy had an exciting summer while E looked after him. She even took him on the swings at the park! Lucky Teddy. Maybe I'll get to play on the swings at our next meeting... if the weather stays good!

Computer Night

We don't have many Brownies at the moment, so we're making the most of not many people and doing some fun things, like visiting the Computer Room in our meeting place.
Teddy had a few problems reaching the mouse and keyboard at the same time....
We learnt all about the Web Safe Code then we had a go on the computers. We visited lots of fun websites, but spent most of our time looking at the Brownie Website, which has LOADS of games to play!

We are hoping to go back and do our Computer Badge this term, which should be lots of fun.

Remember to stay safe on the web!

Sunday, 29 August 2010

Baking fun

Summer is over and that means... Brownies are back! I have to update you on all of our summer adventures first though, so look out for some posts in the next few days :)

First up, you may remember I mentioned Teddy had some help baking Pluto, and that we would have a picture soon. Well, here they are, all set for baking!

Teddy and E baking            

Stay tuned for more


Thursday, 22 July 2010

Happy summer!

I hope you're all having a good summer holiday!

Our Brownies have been off since the end of June, and are back in the middle of August.

Teddy and I have been adventuring, but Teddy has been the photographer and he is terrible at uploading pictures to the computer.

I am going down to the south of England today (you get cheap travel when you're as flat as me...), where the lovely young leader, Alex, is going to take me with her on a Guiding adventure to Jersey! Wow!

So now I'm off to jump in a postbox, check back in a week or two to see what I got up to!

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

#4-11 Around the world!

Last week at Brownies, we were let loose on the computers! Oh yes!
Myself, Teddy and the Brownies visited the brilliant National Geographic Kids site, where we were able to travel to lots of places around the world. You can even send a postcard once you are there.

Our Rabbit Sixer sent us a postcard from the cathedral in Antigua, GuatemalaOur newest Brownie decided to visit the lavender fields in FranceOur oldest Brownie loves Spain and matadors!Our Speediest Brownie wants to climb this mountain in Japan, wow! Our helpful seconder dreams of visiting China, to learn how all this cotton gets turned into clothes
Teddy went to New Zealand looking for hobbits
And our little helper from last time, who just can't wait to be a Brownie, sent a postcard from Ireland!
Only 2 weeks of meetings left until the summer holidays... oh no! I hope Brown Owl has something nice planned for the last night....

#3 Pluto

Hello TFB fans!

Sorry I have taken so long to post about Pluto, I've had some problems with my computer.

Anyway, back at the beginning of the month, Teddy sent Pooh Bear and myself off to Pluto...

Doesn't it look brilliant?
Teddy and his little helper (who we should get a picture of soon!) baked us a fabulous Pluto, and made some meteorites from Mars Bar Crispy cake! yum yum yum.
At Brownies, we made the surfacce of Pluto, which was some runny, silvery icing and covered the cake. Then we made space, and here it is.

Here is a recipe for Mars Bar cake if you would like to make it at home too.

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

#3 Pluto - some facts

by auntie_rain on Flickr

Did you know...

In Roman mythology, Pluto is the god of the Underworld.
Pluto is smaller than even our own moon, which is why it is not called a planet any more, it is a "dwarf planet."
Pluto is really really far away. When it is the closest to the sun, Pluto is still 30AU away from it. The earth is 1AU away from the Sun, so imagine going from the Earth to the Sun, then do that 30 times and that's how far away Pluto is. Wow!!

Pluto's name was suggested by an 11 year old girl in Oxford

The name Pluto was proposed by Venetia Burney (later Venetia Phair), an eleven-year-old schoolgirl in Oxford, England. Venetia was interested in classical mythology as well as astronomy, and considered the name, that of the Roman god of the underworld, appropriate for such a presumably dark and cold world. She suggested it in a conversation with her grandfather Falconder Madan, a former librarian at the University of Oxford's Bodleian Library. Madan passed the name to Professor Herbert Hall Turner, who then cabled it to colleagues in the United States

(from wikipedia)

Because Pluto is so far away from us, no spacecraft have reached it yet. So, how did Teddy and I visit Pluto this week?

You'll have to wait a little bit longer to find out, but I can tell you that Pluto is SCRUMPTIOUS!

Monday, 24 May 2010

100 Goals!

Our Brownies were supposed to be playing water games and doing water tasting tonight, but after a weekend of sunshine, it was chilly and drizzly today. Instead, we had a look at some other challenges.

From the adventure 100 booklet....
6. Target 100

Can your unit score 100 goals, hop, skip or jump 100 times,
or shoot 100 archery arrows on target? Have an evening of
sports-type targets with participation medals for everyone
taking part (all 10)

Three plastic balls
This is what we did tonight! All of our Brownies hit 100 targets or goals each! We are lucky that our young leader has a lot of sports equipment, so we set up 5 different stations:
1. Use a golf club to hit 10 balls into the goal. The green balls were placed 2m away from the goal and the red balls were 3m away. We each had to get all 10 in before we could move onto the next one...
2. Beanbags in hoops! We had a green hoop and a yellow hoop, and the green one was further away. There were 5 each yellow and green beanbags and we had to get them into the matching hoops. This one was the hardest station. Well, the hardest unless, like me, you can't balance on the....
3. Balance board!
(picture from Amazon)
getting the ball from one side to the other counted as 1 goal. This isn't as easy as it looks!
Next it was on to:
4. "Basketball". We had a hoop balanced on 2 chairs and we had to throw a ball into the hoop 10 times. Even though it was a pretty big hoop, this station was still quite difficult.
5. The final station was a football station. We had little marker cones set up as a goal, and had to kick the ball into the goal. Simple!

My friends out there who have been counting will realise that this is only 50 each, so once we got to the end, we did it all again!

We were all pretty thirsty after all that, so had a drink, then played some parachute games and scored a few more goals, just for fun!

Next week, Teddy and I are visiting Pluto! Thanks for voting :)

Monday, 17 May 2010

#2 Brownies take over Edinburgh Castle

There I am, trying to escape from Teddy, who was trying to persuade me to go and hunt for some more centenary ducks. The blue ones were his favourite.

Our second adventure was awesome! Teddy and I went with the Brownies to Edinburgh Castle on the 9th of May. It was a beautiful day, and around 1500 Brownies were there, including me! We arrived around 1.15pm, and were given our tickets by some nice ladies outside. We went in the big gates, and up the slope. Our tickets were scanned at the gate, and we were allowed in!

Our leaders were given a big pack of things for us to do - a map of the castle, some information, and a challenge! The challenge was to find 6 centenary ducks that were hidden around the castle. We were given clues, a bit like a treasure hunt, and these clues took us all over the castle. One poor duck was stuck down the well.

Another thing we had to do at our meeting before we got to the castle was to design a shield for our unit. Ours was really colourful, but I forgot to take a picture... it had a huge squirrel, some fish, a crocodile, flowers, snails and a rabbit. We also decorated it with lots of glitter, beautiful. We handed our shields in and had a look at some shields from the other units - ours was definitely one of the best.

There is so much to see at the castle, and we saw all of it - from the One O'clock gun, to the dungeons and the Great Hall. We even saw the Crown Jewels!

There were jugglers, ladies dressed up like they used to back in the olden times, owls, a magician, and free lunch! yum yum.

Sunday, 2 May 2010

#1 Science Festival

While Teddy was away on his hodilays to the Lake District (and didn't take a photo, silly Teddy), I visited the Edinburgh International Science Festival!
photograph of the fossil remains of a dinosaur skeleton

I learnt how to program robots, had a go at digging up a dinosaur, learnt about mummies in ancient egypt, explored inside of someone's knee with a camera, made some blood, got a bit wet in the wave tank, and learnt how to make holograms in the LASER lab!

Saturday, 1 May 2010


Hello, I'm Flat Brownie, and welcome to our blog.

Teddy and I live in the north of Edinburgh, and as part of Guirlguiding's Adventure 100, we are trying to visit 100 places! We are always looking for suggestions of where to go next, so just leave a comment if you think of somewhere good!