Monday, 13 June 2011

Milk Bottle Elephants

A few months ago a leader at another unit told me about Milk Bottle Elephants. There's some excellent instructions at the link back there but basically what you do is cut a plastic milk bottle half way down, cut a semi-circle out of the bottom of each side, then decorate!

The Surrey East crew decorated theirs with tissue paper, but we decided to turn it into a 3-week project by first covering them with papier mache (newspapers and watery pva glue), then painting them, then decorating them with feathers, tissue paper and sequins. Circles of tissue paper make excellent 'hats'.

We really enjoyed this activity - we all got really messy the first 2 weeks with glue and newspaper and paint, and we had plenty of time to decorate this week. Don't they look excellent?
We're going to use them as part of our Friend to Animals badge. We're having a visitor next week who is going to talk to us about Elephants :)

We also enrolled 6 new Brownies tonight! It's very exciting because this time last year we only had 3 Brownies, and we're now up to 13 which is excellent. We invited all the parents, played parachute games and then sang a few songs.

Only 2 weeks to go until end of term - Scottish schools end for the summer at the end of June.
Bye for now,


Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Craft time!

What can you make with milk bottles and newspapers?

We painted them yesterday and next week we are going to finish them off, I can't wait, they will look excellent.

This week we were going to play jump the blob, which is the old favourite of a beanbag on the end of a string which is spun round in a circle - you have to jump over it and if it hits you, you lose a life. Some of our Brownies are really good at this game and the beanbag wore out. We made a new one but someone forgot to bring it to Brownies!! Instead we played a ball game called drop it catch it. In this game everyone stands in a circle and someone (usually a leader but sometimes a Brownie) throws the ball to Brownies at random. The thrower calls out either "drop it!" or "catch it!" and you are supposed to do the opposite. Seems easy but we usually have 3 lives each and it still doesn't go on as long as you might expect.

Two new Brownies arrived this week too! One moved from another unit, and the other just moved into the area but hasn't been a Brownie before so they are both a bit older. That's good because we have LOTS of new, young Brownies at the moment, it's nice to have a few new older ones. In fact, we are enrolling 6 girls next week - we are inviting the parents and are going to play parachute games outdoors, so hopefully it will be nice weather :)

I'll be back next week with some pained Elephants and some newly enrolled Brownies!!