Exploding and burning

This week we have been making things. Volcanoes - vinegar and baking soda for the explosion, with the base made out of air-dry clay. It was hot, so we went outside - which had the added benefit of the inevitable spillage of vinegar not causing the hall to smell. We ran out of time for... Continue Reading →

Campfires and Dogs

This week has involved two exciting Brownie events. Unit 1 had an evening at a local campsite that we use a lot.  We played parachute games and made s'mores on our campfire. Around the campfire we discussed how we could make s'mores more exciting (as if they needed to be!), and I think we'll be... Continue Reading →

Pizza Based Evening

On Friday I got to experience two different ways of making pizza.  My Brownies and Guides are both doing a lot of cooking this term, and Friday was designated Pizza Day. The Brownies made pitta pizza - use a pitta bread as the base, pile high with toppings, and cook.  Simple, yet effective, and allows... Continue Reading →

If you want something doing…

The traditional end to that sentence is, of course, "do it yourself".  But I would like to suggest an alternative ending. If you want something doing, make it fun and employ child labour. This, I suspect, will come as no shock to anyone who has children and has ever needed them to tidy up after... Continue Reading →

A Puzzle in a Wood

Or, more accurately, a Puzzlewood.  Yesterday I went with my husband and mother-in-law to Puzzlewood in the Forest of Dean.  Dave described it as "looks like the complex nobbly bits from Merlin, probably because it is the complex nobbly bits from Merlin."    It would make a fun day out for Brownies and Guides too. ... Continue Reading →

Special Design

Yesterday at Brownies we tried out "Special Design", the activity on page 49 of the Brownie Adventure.     Essentially, the activity involves sticking string to a piece of card and using it as a stamp to create a repeating pattern.  You're supposed to use it as wrapping paper to give a gift, which is why... Continue Reading →

Snowball fights and unit charters

Our first Brownie meeting of term was quite fun. We did a little planning – the girls gave us some suggestions for activities, and they want to do the Toymaker badge this term. That should be interesting. One of their suggestions was a snowball fight, so we did that right then and there. The Brownies... Continue Reading →

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