Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Olympic Games

I just heard that our old Young Leader (who has moved to be an adult leader with Guides) is going to carry the Olympic Torch!! Can't wait to see it :)


Sunday, 27 November 2011

Seasons Badge

At the moment we are working on our Seasons badge. We have done this before, but not with any of the current Brownies. Last time, we did Autumn - Kestrel made up a booklet and we had activities to work through. It went quite well but there was a bit too much reading for the younger girls, so this time we are doing things a bit differently.

Last week, each Six worked on a small booklet about a winter festival from a different culture. Each booklet had some information, a colouring page, a wordsearch or crossword and an activity. For Diwali, the activity was an acrostic poem with the word FIREWORKS. K was a difficult word to think of, Brown Owl and Kestrel couldn't think of anything but one of the Brownies from another six came up with Kaboom!! Perfect. The Rabbits were working on Chinese new year and their activity was to find out which sign of the zodiac everyone else was. We had lots of Horses, Brown Owl is an Ox and Kestrel is a Tiger. grrrrrrrr. They finished their booklet quickly so also made some paper lanterns. Lastly the Foxes were working on Kwanzaa and made a woven mat. When we were having a little presentation we found out that a lot of the Brownies had learnt a Swahili song in school so they sang it to us, it was beautiful :)

Next week we will be playing some fun games to do with staying safe in the dark. This time last year Edinburgh was knee-deep in snow and all of the Schools were closed. Luckily we haven't had any snow yet! It's very cold though. Brr.

Until next time,

Sunday, 13 November 2011

New Sixes

Tomorrow night at Brownies we are introducing new Sixes! If you've been following my blog you will know that we hardly had any Brownies for ages, then we got a bunch all at once. We had two sixes with a sixer each, but since our oldest Brownie moved to Guides in September, we've only had one sixer, and 2 sixes.
So, now everyone has made their promise and we all know each other a bit more, we are going to have 3 sixes!

 Foxes, Rabbits and Squirrels. The other Brownies who meet in the same place as us are the more traditional Kelpies, Pixies, etc, but we are animals! I would have liked a Mole or Badger six, but we already had these badges.

We're also re-starting INSPECTION. Every week at Brownies we have to make sure we have our hair tied back, have uniform on, wearing trainers or gym shoes, and have clean hands and nails.
Kestrel says that when she was a Brownie she had to bring a bum-bag every week with 7 things in it: 10p (to make an emergency phone call), a handkerchief (which can be used as a bandage), safety pin (many uses), notepad and pencil (to write important things down), a piece of string (for tying a gate shut?!) and an elastic band (many uses).  Even now Kestrel usually has a safety pin with her, and it comes in useful a lot! Recently it was used to pin a decoration on to someone's shirt when it fell off, the time before that a lady's handbag strap broke off and Kestrel was able to give her a safety pin to fix it to carry home! Amazing. The bum-bags weren't very cool though.

We're starting the Season's badge soon, that should be exciting - I'm off to look up how to stay safe in the dark. It gets dark very early here in Edinburgh in the winter.

Bye for now


Sunday, 6 November 2011

Happy Halloween

Dooking for Apples

Pumpkin Bowling

Spooky Brownies and Merlin's little Rainbow!