Guiding Online Ideas

by | Jun 13, 2020

Guiding Online Ideas

by | Jun 13, 2020

Are you looking for more ideas for your online meetings?  Here are just a few ideas to give you a bit of inspiration…

 

Warm Up Activities

 

Draw on your head

 

You will need:

  • An A4 sheet of paper
  • A pen

Instructions:

  1. Fold the piece of paper in half
  2. Put the piece of paper on your head
  3. Draw a picture of a flower on the piece of paper. Don’t remove the piece of paper from your head until you have finished!
  4. Reveal your artwork to everyone else on the call
  5. Get the girls to suggest an object that they can draw next or give them a selection ideas to choose from

 

“I’m an old oak tree”

 

  1. One girl pretends to be a tree with long branches waving in the breeze.
  2. The ‘tree’ says: “I’m an old oak tree and I can see…. some puppies!”
  3. All of the other girls should pretend to be puppies. Make sure everyone is muted!
  4. The ‘tree’ chooses the girl that she thinks is the best puppy. This girl becomes the next tree.

This can be repeated until every girl has a chance to be the old oak tree.  Each tree gets to choose what she can ‘see’.

Younger girls may need to be encouraged to choose things that can be mimed rather than things that rely on sound.

 

Design a… 

 

You will need:

  • An A4 sheet of paper
  • A pen

Instructions:

  1. Choose what you are going to design (e.g. a flower)
  2. Describe how to draw the first part of the object (e.g. the stalk). The girls should follow your instructions to draw that part of the object, but should not show you their pictures yet.
  3. Ask each girl in turn to give an instruction to draw an addition to picture (this can be sensible or silly!)
  4. Once everyone has suggested an addition to the picture, reveal your masterpieces.

Theme Evenings

 

Pet Show

 

My  Brownies always ask for a pet show at Brownies, but in ‘normal times’ this just isn’t practical.  BUT… Zoom makes it possible!

Make sure you send you some guidance to the parents in advance so that everyone stays safe and doesn’t cause cause distress to their pets.

Suggested instructions to the girls/parents:

  1. If your daughter is using a smartphone, tablet or laptop to join the Zoom call, we suggest that she takes the device to her pet, rather than dragging the pet in front of the camera.
  2. If you have a cat that might not be at home during the Brownie meeting, or a pet that doesn’t respond well to being handled, we suggest the girls take a photograph of their pet that they can share. You can email these to us so we can share them via Zoom, or the girls can use their photos as virtual backgrounds on Zoom, if they know how to do that.
  3. If your daughter does not have a pet, we are very happy for her to show us a favourite toy pet
  4. If any girls would rather not talk or show a pet, that is absolutely fine.

Tips:

  • Using breakout rooms so that the girls can show their pet to a small group of girls. This means that the pets don’t have to wait too long for their “turn” and will be easier for any girls that are a bit shy.
  • Start with pets that have a low tolerance threshold.
  • If the girls would like to talk about how they look after their pet or tell your stories about their pet, ask them to do that once all the pets have been ‘released’ or returned to their normal living quarters.
  • Eencourage the girls to think carefully about the best way to show their pet without causing any distress to the animal or putting themselves at risk of injury from an annoyed pet.

 

Cook-alongs

 

Choose a recipe that is appropriate to your age group.  Mug cakes and rocky road work well for older girls, and assembly based recipes (like bug party food) work well for younger girls. There are a number of food-based UMAs and Skills Builders you could choose from too.

Try to choose a recipe that doesn’t involve flour, expensive ingredients, or ingredients where you only need a small amount, to avoid waste.

Let the parents know in advance so they can make sure they have the right ingredients and provide supervision – particularly if knives are involved.

Allow time at the end for the girls to eat their creations together!

 

Teaching sign language

 

Try teaching the girls how to sign their promise in British Sign Language or Makaton. Girlguiding provides some resources here: Signing the Promise.

 

Remember…

 

It is also ok to adapt UMAs and Skills Builders – as long as you meet the aim of the activity.

If you need more ideas, look out for Girlguiding’s  “Beyond Scavenger Hunts” webinars. These provide you with more ideas for your section and will give you the chance to ask questions about how to run meetings safely.  You can access these webinars from the “Learning Opportunities” area on GO, or by clicking the link below.

 

Do you have an activity that has worked well in a Zoom meeting? Share it in the Bath Division Leaders Facebook group or email divisioncommissioner@girlguidingbath.org.uk and we will share it in a future newsletter.

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