Fire Breathing Dragon

Today is St. George’s Day, and we visited Hever Castle. For the free craft they had a chance to make a Fire Breathing Dragon, which is pretty easy too.

You need a few bits up-front. A toilet roll for the body. Two large and two small pom pom’s, plus some googly eyes. To cover the body and make the flames you need tissue paper. I’d also recommend using two types of glue. Pritt stick works well for glueing the tissue paper to the toilet roll, whereas the more gloopy glue is better for sticking the pom pom’s to the body.

fire breathing dragon roll the toilet roll

We cut a section of tissue paper to fit the toilet roll with extra either side. Pritt-stick it on one edge so it holds tight as you roll it. I glued it a bit half way too for extra support. Once you’ve finished, glue the end and tuck the paper on each end into the tube.

fire breathing dragon push paper into ends

After that, glue the two large pom pom’s fairly close together at one end of the toilet roll (gloopy glue works best).

fire breathing dragon sticking large pom poms

Get the two smaller pom pom’s and glue them to the other end of the toilet roll a small space apart. Those are the dragon nostrils!

fire breathing dragon both sets of pom poms

Glue the googly eyes to the large pom pom’s (again, gloopy glue).

fire breathing dragon pom poms with eyes on

Finally, tear some strips of tissue paper and pritt-stick them to the toilet roll on the nostrils end. We used red, yellow and orange – flame colours!

fire breathing dragon adding dragon fire

 

The activity took about ten minutes, it was fairly easy to do although glueing tissue paper can be tricky. It involves very little prep and H (aged 7) loves her dragon she made.

It works for St. George’s Day activities too.

fire breathing dragon

Shrinky Dink Necklace

H and I had a trial run at the Shrinky Dink paper to see what colours worked the best, and how small what you’re colouring would end up being. My idea is now for all our girls to make a necklace with their name on – which should be a quick activity. All I need to do is bring the shrinky dink papers home to bake and bring back in the following week to finish off.

Shrinky Dink COllage

H and I drew a design, making sure it filled as much of the paper as possible. Where there were letters we made sure they were clear too with careful colouring around them.

I opted for my Brownies name, Snowy Owl and a heart which said “I heart Girlguiding”. H did one that says “I heart Mummy”.

So we sat, coloured on the rough side of the paper (I used pencils, H used felt tips – both worked fine), filled in gaps and made sure it looked as clear and even as possible.

A hole punch was used to make a hole for threading later on, and we trimmed carefully around the design.

trimmed shrinky dink

Warm the oven to 170 degrees (I did it a bit less as we have a fan assisted oven) and put the creations on some tin foil on a baking tray. Watch them curl and twist about, until finally they stop.

shrinky dinks in the oven

This should be no more than a couple of minutes, tops.

finished shrinky dinks

Take them off the tray carefully. We put them onto a tea towel, making sure they were still hot, and flattened them carefully with a book. Hold for maybe 10-15 seconds, not too long.

That’s it!

After that I put a metal hoop through the hole (easier than threading) and tied a piece of cord around the hoop and in a knot. Voila, a super easy necklace which has shrunk loads in size!

shrinky dink necklace

Shrinky Dink Keyring

This is an activity I really want to do. I loved doing Shrinky Dinks back in the seventies when I was young, and I know it will be a fun activity.

This might be one I try at home first to see what works, as I’m curious whether a sharpie design would work like these handprints.

You can buy Shrinky Dink paper on ebay reasonably cheaply. You need to work out what you’re doing and how many girls as to whether it’s worthwhile. Baker Ross also sell kits.

I’ve bought 18 sheets for £5 which feels like a good price and will stretch between 30 Brownies.

I’ve also bought some jump rings for £1.99 on ebay – a pack of 100.

For more information follow this link. I’ll be posting when we try the activity and what works best!

Thinking Day 2017

The theme for 2017 was Grow. So we decided to grow our friendships with other Brownies around the world.

I am signed up with several forums and a lot of people were asking for people to swap postcards and cards with. Our meeting fell after Thinking Day but that’s okay as the cards arrived in a three week period from around the world.

I asked friends who had children a similar age to my daughter whether they knew of any Guiding organisations near them, and while we had no luck with Australia, our friends in the United States took part!

We swapped cards with two Troops in the US, and are continuing this with the World Guiding Badge, sending them a reply.

We also coloured in some paper dolls with uniforms from around the world which the girls enjoyed. They’re now on our message board with the cards we have received. I have another 10 cards to add to it this week, and the girls have all really enjoyed reading out the cards in the meetings.

It was a fun way to start to learn about other Brownie-aged girls in other countries, wasn’t too costly (other than postcards and postage) and kept the girls busy!

World Thinking Day 2017 Grow

Promise Activity

These days GirlGuiding has moved away from god (which I agree with), and recognises that everyone is different and holds different beliefs. This activity could be quite sweet.

The line ‘be true to myself and develop my beliefs’ is the basis of this game.

Paint a tree (might be best to do this beforehand!) and then cut out leaf shapes, with each girl adding their belief to it. You’ll get all sorts of answers, and it’ll probably be quite sweet (and funny). Plus this ticks off one of the parts of the Adventure Badge too.

In addition it would look pretty cool if you have a message board to display things.