Spring has almost gone and we’re verging on Summer scarily enough! We try to spend a part of every meeting outside so I’m going to share some really simple games that might seem obvious but sometimes we overcomplicated our meetings.
I used to think the girls would have less energy after school, and that lots of the really simple things we like to do they would find boring and unchallenging. Howvere, I think the more demanding school is getting in the ‘academic’ subjects, the more the girls want to tear around like wild animals and then do simple, straight forward activities. I’m all for this. The resources provided by HQ and other leaders are brilliant and we love new badges and challenges. I wrote last year about how good the Big Brownie Birthday was for reinvigorating our leadership team. But we can’t come up with new, amazing things every week because we’d break ourselves and sometimes the oldies are indeed the goodies.
1. Use what you’ve got.
We are lucky to have a little garden attached to the church we meet in. There are also lovely flowerbeds and the contents of the garden change all year round. Barn Owl is a bit of a botanist so she often chats through the flowers with the girls.
All the girls lie on the grass on their backs and have to close their eyes, and mouths for 2 minutes to count all the sounds they can hear. Can they tell the difference between birds, cars? How far away was the object they were hearing? What was loudest/quietest?
3. Shapes in clouds
Every single person should benefit from 5 minutes lying on their backs making shapes and stories out of clouds. Teach this to our girls young, the restoring effect of lying, being still and letting our imaginations go wild, and we’re setting up healthy minds for life.
Piece of paper and a rubbing stick (or cheap crayons) each. Girls can collect as many different textures as possible. How about trying to make a picture out of the different textures. Their names.
5. Natural collages
Gather fallen material and make a face, make a self portrait, your six animal/creature.
6. Meet outside
Just being and end your meeting outside. Not only is it fresh air, a different experience, it is a great advert! We’ve had new Brownies tell us they only knew we met at the church because they saw us in the garden!
Some of these activities can count towards badges including Seasons, Craft and the Adventure series.