Illustrator Jen Goode of JGoode Designs, has put out another great color page for the upcoming holiday! Halloween is Monday and before it’s time to trick or treat, you can color! As well, a lot of meetings are on the weekend, so this can be a great last-minute activity for your meetings this weekend!
Illustrator Jen Goode of JGoode Designs, has put out another great color page for the upcoming holiday! Her St. Patrick’s Day page is adorable and features a charming little leprechaun lad! This is a great activity for younger girls to celebrate.
Of course, while mentioning St. Patrick’s Day, you should work some history into the activity. Saint Patrick’s Day (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig) colloquially St. Paddy’s Day or simply Paddy’s Day, is an annual feast day that celebrates Saint Patrick (circa AD 385–461), the most commonly recognized of the patron saints of Ireland, and is generally celebrated on March 17th.
It’s been a great year, and I wish I’d have been able to post more for you, but I’m just getting warmed up. I wish you all a very fantastic Christmas and a terrific new year. I pledge to be able to post more badge work activities in 2010 as I upgrade my badge books to the current versions as a Christmas present to myself!
To you & yours, Merry Christmas!
This Clothespin Reindeer is a great easy craft for younger girls. I used to make these with my grandmother too, so it’s a great family craft. You can use these very basic instructions or allow the girls to embellish the reindeer clothespins more with paints, glitter, ribbons, etc. Super easy and super cheap.
- Wood spring clothespins
- #12 flat brush
- Water container
- Palette or plastic plate
- Red mini pom poms
- Small wiggle eyes
- Hot glue gun
- Hot glue sticks
- Thick craft glue
- Honey Brown acrylic paint
- Paint wood area of three clothespins Honey Brown. Let dry.
- Position two clothespins side-by-side and adhere with glue.
- Position third clothespin in opposite direction and adhere to small end of double clothespins for reindeer head.
- Position and adhere eyes and pom pom nose.
- Adults should work with the hot glue gun only.
Gobble Gobble T-Shirts are great crafts around Thanksgiving. As well, this craft can very easily be done while teaching the girls more about the origins of American Thanksgiving and the importance of tradition and family. If t-shirts are a little outside the budget for your troop during this down economy, you can change the medium to poster board and make the same design on posters for decorations during Thanksgiving.
- White t-shirt – pre-washed
- Fabric paint (nontoxic): red, gold, green, orange, brown, and white
- Alphabet foam stickers
- T-shirt board or wax paper
- Paper plate or pallet paper
- Paper towels
- Sponge brush
- Place the t-shirt board inside of the t-shirt.
- Use the sponge brush to place paint colors on the girl’s hand and fingers.
- Have the girl steadily place her hand on the shirt to print the turkey, pressing gently on each finger to make sure the paint prints. You may need to hold her hand to help keep the print from smearing.
- Carefully lift her hand straight up off the shirt to avoid smudging. Immediately wash her hands with soap and water.
- Brush red paint on foam alphabet stamps and press on shirt and let dry.
- Use fabric paint to add detail to turkey, such as legs, beak and eye and let dry.
- Adult supervision is required at all times.
- Ensure that all paint is dry before you let the girls take their t-shirts home.
- Double check that all paints used are nontoxic.
Remember that if you don’t have a t-shirt board, you can place a sheet of wax paper inside the shirt to prevent transfer of the paint.