Our Halloween Party

So we had our Halloween party. I purchased break and bake cookies, sugar and chocolate chip, then we decorated the sugar cookies, and we also made brownies. We allowed each child to have x amount of cookies and packaged the rest to send to our soldier overseas.

We also used paper plates to make spiders. We were going to do the treat keepers as well, but ran out of time, so we used tongue depressers donated by a doctor’s office and paperplates to make masks.

Some of our paper plate spiders looked more like round aliens with antennae’s and arms and legs, but it was fun anyway!

Since we combined all three of my troops, I kept them together for the crafts, and paired the Juniors with the Daisies for baking. So Brownies went to bake, came back and then Juniors went to bake.

Surprising was the fact that more than half the children elected to display their spiders in our room as opposed to taking them home. I love Crayola. I really love their holiday bingo, we just didn’t have enough time, but NONE of the kids complained. So it was a blast ๐Ÿ™‚

A few parents asked how we kept everything so organized and clean. I just looked at her and she said the last time she saw a group of 20 kids in the kitchen they made a huge mess. I carefully explained that we sent them to the kitchen in shifts. I’m nothing if not organized, the parent volunteer and three other leaders all knew what I wanted and expected and there was not one incident until the end of the night and it was switfly dealt with as it was a behavior issue, nothing else. I guess if you set the right tone, the children automatically follow. I’m a drill sargeant. They know that if I spend time yelling and cleaning there is less activity and fun time. We’ve been down that road ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Halloween! Happy Samhain!

Kell

Take the Challenge – from Studio 2B

As if I don’t do enough stuff to procastinate, I was looking at the Studio 2B website and found this:

You demonstrate courage, character, and confidence in everything you say and do. Is your “C” level off the charts or barely visible? Since Girl Scouts is all about confidence, courage, and character, you’re already on the right track. Now take your C’s for a test drive with THE CHALLENGE.

When you complete the activities, you’ll earn the Girl 11-17 Girl Scout Challenge Award Necklace and you might raise your C’s to a whole new level.

Part 1: Discover Character

Part 2: Lead With Confidence

Part 3: Act With Courage

I can’t wait to show these to my older girls. I bet they will be excited to get started on this activity as a welcome to Studio 2B.

ย Shame they don’t have Studio 2B training near me.

Kell

Easy, quick Halloween crafts

If you are planning a Halloween party with your Girl Scout Troops like I am, you might enjoy some of these fun activities. My co-leader and I gather up printables and make small packets for the girls to work on before the party and at times when we need a chance to set up for the next activity.

We’re makingย break and bake cookies/brownies the sugar cookie ones. That way there is no fighting over who pours the ingredients or who stirs. For a smaller troop you may enjoy the actual preparation. Then give the girls Halloween decorations to put on top of their cookies maybe gel icing for their initials, use your imagination. We usually let each girl make a row and then we put them on the cookie sheet in order of where they are at the table so when we pull the pan out we’re good to go.ย  (I can’t wait to share my Mardis Gras King cake recipe with everyone!)

We’re also making brownies this year because we will be packaging up half of what we make to send overseas. Again, the girls can put M&M’s, Sprinkles, or Nuts on top of the brownies for toppings ๐Ÿ™‚

Part of our meeting will be devoted to drawing pictures and writing letters for soldiers, and then we will pack up the food in a box to send. Yes, we have a specific person we send to. I’ve tried those ‘lists’ and nothing ever reaches the soldiers. We already have requests for Girl Scout cookies!

I’m not doing this, this year, but you drape a tissue over a golf ball, rubberband it, and use a Sharpie to add two eyes. One of my children did that in kindergarten, came home and demanded tissues and golf balls so she could make them for all of us. Fortunately my husband likes to golf ๐Ÿ˜‰

Change your games to resemble Holiday themes. For example, instead of TV Tag (where you have to call out a tv show before you are tagged out) play Monster Tag. Name a monster before you are tagged out. Or instead of Octopus tag, play Blob tag, or something you make up. One person stands in the center of a rectangular area. There are two lines (can be tapes) to mark ‘safety’ zones. the monster stays in between those lines. The ‘victims’ must run back and forth. If they are caught they become a monster too. Why not change charades to a Halloween theme? Frankenstein’s Monster, Dracula, etc. Have them make eerie sounds for sounds charades and guess what makes the eerie sound.

I had a special request. I went in to the school to pick up one of my children for a doctor’s appointment and saw several girls from my troop getting ready to go outside with small homemade kites. They were Diamonds cut out and colored from regular 8.5 x 11 paper and attached to string. They even had tails! The kids just ran fast enough to make them fly. One of the girls asked if we could do that at Scouts. Why not, it’s almost costless and they LOVED it!

Use your imagination, I’m sure the kids will love it!

Kell

Halloween Activities

In honor of the upcoming holiday I’ve decided to post some links to Halloween activities.

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/halloween/

http://www.makingfriends.com/halloween.htm

http://familyfun.go.com/arts-and-crafts/season/specialfeature/halloween_ms_crafts/ย (This is a great magazine to subscribe to ๐Ÿ™‚ )

http://www.allcrafts.net/halloween.htm

http://www.dltk-holidays.com/halloween/halloween_crafts.html

http://crafts.kaboose.com/holidays/halloween/

http://www.thefamilycorner.com/dir/Family/Holidays/Halloween/Crafts/

http://www.billybear4kids.com/holidays/halowen/crafts.htm

Let’s not forget baking!

http://familyfun.go.com/recipes/special/specialfeature/halloween_ms_food/

http://www.dltk-kids.com/crafts/halloween/recipes/

http://www.easy-kids-recipes.com/halloween-recipes.html

http://www.amazingmoms.com/htm/halloweenfun.htm

Happy Crafting and Happy Halloween!

Kell

Cheap Crafting Kits

One of my favorite places to find craft kits is Oriental Trading. I really love when they do free shipping when you spend $60. I will combine troops to make purchases so I get free shipping, or I’ll tack it on to one of mine, or my co-leader’s orders.

They offer many items under a dollar a person, and their clearance section is awesome. I like to buy ahead for the following year right after a holiday or season ends. Sometimes you can just look there for an idea and go to the dollar store for supplies to make your very own version of the craft.

Right now they have over 800 items in their overstock catalogue.

For example, here is a very low cost craft: Beaded Tie On Bracelets.

And here is my version ๐Ÿ˜‰

beads and some string or thin yarn. cost maybe 2 bucks.

bracelet 1BraceletBracelet 3

Bracelet 4Bracelet 5Bracelet 6

I tried several times today

to post about making bracelets and everytime I get halfway done I lose my page for some reason even though it is saved as a draft.

ARGH

Marble Paper from Shaving Cream

A friend gave me this linkย and I fell in love with the project. I’m going to have to try it at our next Scout meeting!

Basically you spray shaving cream on a metal tray with an area larger than your paper. They mention card stock. With my husband in printing, I’ll just have to make a request for him to get me some super cheap paper, or ask his boss to donate enough sheets for my troop to use for the project. I love to ask people for donations. The more supplies I can get donated, the more money we have for trips! And badges ๐Ÿ˜‰

Back to the shaving cream… Make it 1/2 inch thick and use something to spread it out evenly – remember the area needs to be larger than your card. (How much fun is this already!)

Put 8-10 drops of food coloring, scatter across the shaving cream. Use a toothpick to swirl the food coloring into the paint. Press the card on the shaving cream. Peel the card off and lay it flat on a clean area of the tray. Use something to spread off the shaving cream, but leaving the color behind. ย ๐Ÿ˜‰

Allow to dry, but watch for curling. You may need to press it flat if it starts to curl. You might be able to make two cards with the shaving cream and food coloring.

PLEASE remember that food coloring stains EVERYTHING! And clean up immediately, wiping off whatever you used to spread the shaving cream and food coloring ๐Ÿ˜‰ AND PLEASE check out the link. That site had easy step by step pictures to teach you how to do this!

Happy Crafting!!

Kell

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