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Clay Heart Necklace

Clay Heart Necklace

This Clay Heart Necklace is a super girly project, and should be best suited for older Brownie and Junior troops, ages 9-12.  It’s a little messy, so make sure you have smocks or spare crafting shirts to cover up a bit.  You should not use a toaster oven for this project that you actively cook in – it’s best to buy a cheap oven just for crafts or use an older toaster oven you plan on replacing in your kitchen.  Some clays are toxic and render a toaster oven unsafe to cook food in from there.

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Materials NeededMaterials Needed:

DirectionsDirections:

  1. Condition the clay by kneading it in your hands.  Roll out the pink clay to about 1/8″ thickness.
  2. Use the plastic knife to cut out the heart, smoothing the edges with your finger.
  3. Knead the lavender clay and roll it out into 1/8″ thickness.  Cut a second heart, making it about ¼” smaller than the pink heart.
  4. Carefully place the lavender heart on top of the pink heart.
  5. Knead just a small amount of the black clay.  Roll it out to about ¼”.  Cut a strip of clay and wrap it around the edges of the lavender heart, making an outline.
  6. Use other strips to make a peace sign inside the lavender heart.
  7. Use a toothpick to make two small holes at the top of the heart.  This is where you’ll later lace the ribbon through.
  8. ADULTS: Follow the directions on the clay packages and bake in the toaster oven for the time indicated.  Let cool.
  9. Cut an 18″ piece of ribbon and thread one end through the hole at one side of the heart.  Tie a knot.
  10. Tie a knot 2″ from the first knot.  Slip on a pony bead and tie another knot so the pony bead is held in place by knots on both sides.
  11. Continue knotting about every 2″ and adding beads to the desired length.  End by tying the ribbon to the second hole in the heart.

Safety TipsSafety Tips!

  1. Adult supervision is required at all times.
  2. You can also use cookie cutters on the clay, but they should not be used for food ever again once it’s used in a craft project.
  3. An adult should use the oven only and complete that step in the process.

Summer Sand Bucket & Water Bottle

Summer Sand Bucket & Water Bottle

In truth, this is less of a creation craft and more of a decoration and personalization craft.  This is IDEAL for a Daisy troop… perfect for that young age range, not very messy, and no real construction required.  This can easily be completed in a 30 minute meeting.  Depending on the size of your troop, you can also get them involved in picking out the decorations you use by taking a field trip to the craft store to get the supplies the week before you do this activity.

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Materials NeededMaterials Needed:

  • Plastic sand pail with shovel.
  • Permanent markers in various colors.
  • Foam glitter stickers.
  • Self-stick gems.
  • Plastic water bottle.

DirectionsDirections:

  1. Use permanent markers to draw loopy flowers onto pail.
  2. Remove the backing from glittered foam flowers and place in the center of the drawn flowers.
  3. Embellish the flowers and leaves with self-adhesive gems.
  4. Remove the backing from the wave pieces and place at the top and bottom of the water bottle.
  5. Remove the backing from the fish and starfish and place on bottle.
  6. Embellish with the self-adhesive gems.

Stopping Nosebleeds

Stopping Nosebleeds

Nosebleeds can occur randomly or as a result of an injury.  Young children are often affected following activity, colds, or exposure to high altitudes.  Nosebleeds are more of an annoyance than a serious injury, most of the time.  Nosebleeds happen more during the colder winter months when upper respiratory infections are more frequent, and the temperature and humidity fluctuate more dramatically.  Though, if there’s profuse or prolonged bleeding, they can be dangerous and a doctor needs to be consulted.  Leaders, camp counselors, and parents should always be aware if they’re supervising a child with a history of being prone to getting nosebleeds.  Don’t be afraid to ask parents about their child’s medical history before going camping or taking trips away from your usual meeting place.

The most common cause of nosebleeds is drying of the nasal membranes and this can be prevented with proper lubrication of the nasal passages and not picking nose.  nosebleeds

Stopping a Nosebleed

  • Have the affected person remain quiet and lean forward slightly with the head tilted forward. Leaning back or tilting the head back allows the blood to run back into your sinuses and throat and can cause gagging or inhaling the blood.
  • Pinch the nostrils together with slight pressure.  If there’s a good amount of blood, you may want to pack the nostrils lightly and then pinch.  Hold for at least 5 minutes.
  • Sometimes a cold wet towel, applied to the face, can help to stop the bleeding.

For more, consult the American Red Cross.

Pinwheels

This is a great project for younger girls, as the pinwheels work pretty well but older girls might be a bit disappointed that they don’t work perfectly but they’re still awesome!  That doesn’t really matter since, in my experience, pinwheels are really a toy more suited for younger girls anyway.  You can spice up the project and colors by getting a pack of assorted colored drinking straws instead of plain white ones.  The best straws are straight and not the kind with the bend in them.

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Materials NeededMaterials Needed:

  • White construction paper
  • Crayons, colored pencils, or markers.
  • Plastic drinking straws
  • Scissors
  • Pencils
  • Brass paper fasteners
  • Pinwheel pattern.

DirectionsDirections:

  1. Print the pinwheel pattern. You can reproduce this pattern on white construction paper with a copy machine. Be sure to cut the construction paper to 8½ in. by 11 in. You can also print the pattern out onto thicker colored paper directly.
  2. Cut out the pattern along the solid lines.
  3. Decorate the un-folded paper. Stickers might not work so well due to the folding and aerodynamics, but any other crayons, colored pencils, or markers should be fine for decorations.
  4. Cut the dotted lines from the four corners to the center circle, doing your best not to cut into the center circle.
  5. Use the sharpened pencil to poke a hole through the four tiny dark circles. The pencil point also works well to poke a hole into the straw, though you can also have an adult use a nail or a very small diameter hole punch. Carefully push the pencil point through the straw about ½” inch from the top.
  6. Make the tiny holes on the four points meet at the center circle.
  7. Push the brass fastener ends through the holes on the pinwheel. then push the fastener through the center circle.
  8. Place the straw on the back side of your pinwheel and push the ends of the fastener through the hole in the straw. Open-up the fastener by flattening the ends in opposite directions.

Safety TipsSafety Tips!

  1. Adults should always make the holes when using a sharp object and working with younger girls.
  2. DO NOT allow the girls to punch holes with a nail if that’s the only implement you have.
  3. Adult supervision required when younger girls are using scissors.

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Basic Wound Care

Basic Wound Care

It is important to be able to identify a wound and care for it.  Accidents are common, especially when participating in outdoor activities.  While all serious injuries should be checked out by a doctor or other health care professional, leaders and camp counselors should know basic wound care to attend to an injury between the accident site and a trip to a medic.  Wounds are subject to infection and bleeding, so attention is required.  A wound is defined as a break in the skin or mucous membrane.  It is caused by force and usually extends into the underlying tissue.  Wounds may be classified into four types:

  1. Abrasions, made by rubbing or scraping.  Floor burns or scuff burns, although called burns, are actually wounds.
  2. Incised wounds, sharp cuts that tend to bleed freely.
  3. Lacerated wounds, jagged or irregular wounds, often associated with much tissue damage.
  4. Puncture wounds.  A tack, run through the skin, makes a typical, small puncture wound.

Caring for wounds in which bleeding is not severe is easily done.  All adults working with children should know the basic steps.

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with clean water and soap.
  • Cleanse the injury thoroughly, using plain soap and boiled water cooled to room temperature or clean running tap water and soap.
  • Apply the soap and water with a sterile dressing.
  • Apply a dry sterile or clean dressing, and bandage it snugly into place.
  • See a doctor promptly if evidence of infection appears.

For wounds in which bleeding is server, the objective is to stop the bleeding at once.  Always stop the bleeding with pressure directly over the wound with a cloth, if possible.  Loss of over a quart of blood may be serious, especially in young children, the aged, and debilitated.

  • Direct pressure. Use a clean cloth or a part of the clothing in real emergencies.  Apply direct pressure directly over the wound.  After the bleeding has been controlled, apply additional layers of cloth to form a sufficient covering, then bandage snugly or firmly.
  • Pressure to the supplying vessel. Use the heel of your hand to press the supplying vessel against the underlying bone.  Such pressure causes the bleeding to diminish, but doesn’t stop it entirely.

Here are some other tips when dealing with all kinds of wounds:

  • If an extremity is involved, elevate it, using pillows or substitutes.
  • If there is a delay getting professional medical care, make sure to give the injured person plenty of water if they’re thirsty.  You want to make sure they’re properly hydrated.  Do not give alcoholic drinks, or give water if there is a penetrating wound of the abdomen or lower chest.

For more, consult the American Red Cross.