1. Jump into the world of snacks
—> Measuring sugar in snacks (not in book). Each girl brought a packaged snack in (I brought a few extras) to be measured. We ended up with orange soda, candy hearts, fruit gummies, yogurt covered pretzels, peanut butter sandwich crackers, M&M’s, and strawberry Yoplait yogurt.
I went first with the orange soda. I told them the serving size (the entire bottle) from the label and then read how many grams of sugar were in it (72g). I put a small, clear plastic cup on a digital kitchen scale, zeroed it out, and scooped in sugar until the scale read 72 grams. Then I held up both the soda and the cup with sugar in it so the girls could see. They were all amazed at how much sugar was in it.
Going around in a circle, each girl measured her snack. If it was in a package, or if the package was more than one serving, I dumped the snack into one of the cups so it would be easier to visualize just how much the serving size was compared to the amount of sugar in it. All of the girls, and even some of the moms, were surprised by some of the results. Yoplait had a lot of sugar in it.
2. Make a savory snack
—> Make a savory snack from a different country. Instead of using the recipes shown in the booklet, I had the girls make hummus. This is the recipe my husband uses when he makes it at home. We have modified it slightly, to include a 1/4 cup of olive oil and 1 teaspoon of sumac (these amounts are for a full recipe). All of the girls liked the hummus (eaten with carrots and saltines). I brought in some pre-made guacamole for them to try as well, and only 2 of them liked it.
3. Try a sweet snack
4. Snack for energy
5. Slurp a snack
—>Make your own fruit smoothie. The girls made banana/strawberry smoothies. (Ingredients: banana, frozen strawberries, apple juice, honey, and some ice) My one girl who always complains about trying food once again complained, and once again liked what she tried. We only made one batch, so the girls took turns putting ingredients into the blender.
1. Get inspired
—> Go to an art show or museum. We went to the Castellani Art Museum for a Saturday afternoon art workshop. Before the workshop started, the artist in charge took the girls on a brief tour of the museum.
2. Paint the real world
—> Paint a portrait of a friend, family member, pet, or yourself. Coincidentally, the workshop we attended focused on pets. The girls either brought a photo with them or chose some the artist provided. They sketched the photos onto newsprint, then re-drew and painted them on heavier white paper.
3. Paint a mood
—>My assistant leader (AL) was in charge of this step, and it was done at a meeting I was not at. She showed the girls several pieces of abstract art that showed different moods. The girls had to say what mood they thought the paintings represented and why they thought that. Then they painted their own abstract picture focusing on one emotion (happy, sad, mad, etc…). My AL wanted the girls to focus on lines and colors instead of concrete objects. Once the girls were finished, they had to guess what mood each others paintings represented.
4. Paint without brushes
—> My assistant leader (AL) was in charge of this step, and it was done at a meeting I was not at. She showed the girls pictures by Pollack and Seurat and had them make pictures copying their styles. She also brought in various items so the girls could make prints.
5. Paint a mural
—> Paint a mural about your Girl Scout fun. The girls paired up to paint panels for our mural. Each panel was an approximately 2’x3′ piece of butcher paper. The teams had to decide what to paint and how to divvy up who paints what. The girls ended up choosing to paint a camping scene and an aquarium overnight scene respectively. The two girls who missed the meeting will paint a picture on their own to be added into our mural.
**Alternatively, you could have each girl paint their own picture on a normal paper-sized piece of card stock, punch holes in it, and string some ribbon through them to make a banner.