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Hazelwood and Churchill (Victoria, Australia) local Girl Guide information noticeboard.

50 ACTIVITIES FOR THE OUT OF DOORS

50 IDEAS FOR THE OUTDOORS

Note: When conducting outdoor games and activities both a safety and an environmental ethic must always be considered. Ask is there a need for – safety rules for the protection of the players, does the activity require rules, and understanding, to protect the environment? Discourage collecting from living plants.

Note: “Guide” applies to girls of all ages.

1.       See who can fill a matchbox with the most tiny objects. One unit has found 103 different things.

2.       Give each group a strip of cardboard cut in the shape of a palette on which you have painted 3 to 9 different blocks of colour. Try and match the “paints” with leaves, twigs, petals etc.

3.      In groups find a long leaf, a 3 leaf clover, a feather, a seedpod, a bone, a pine cone. A point is lost for an item picked from a living tree or bush.

4.      Spell a name with nature objects.

5.       Make a pincushion by rolling cotton wool into balls, covering it with coloured cloth and sticking it in between layers of a pine cone. If the pine cone is well opened, use a little glue.

6.      “Guides” enjoy making “Animules” from odd shaped branches and twigs. Just give them some pieces of string, a few bits of coloured paper and leave the rest to their imagination.

7.       Bark rubbings may be simply achieved by placing white newsprint on the trunk and rubbing with a crayon. Encourage the “guides” to identify the tree later.

8.      On pieces of card draw branches in black felt pen. “Guides” collect coloured petals which they squeeze to release the juice and then decorate the tree with resulting berries, petals and leaves.

9.       Arrange the “guides” in 2 teams. Give each of them a leaf for which there is a duplicate on a tray or box a short distance from the players. One member of the team runs up to match her leaf at a time. It makes it more exciting if there are some leaves in the box for which no “guide” has a duplicate. (Don’t let it happen the other way round though!)

10.     Iron leaves and grasses between two sheets of waxed lunch paper (with the wax side inwards). These make good place mats and with care will last at least a week.

11.     “Stake a Claim”. Make a circle of a piece of string in the grass or on the sand and discover how many living things have been imprisoned.

12.     In groups find – the sharpest thorn, the roughest stone, the hairiest leaf, the stickiest bud, the smoothest petal, the curliest twig and so on.

13.     On Indoor Holiday/camp find out what times flowers open in the morning and what time they close at night. Check to see if it is the same every night and morning.

14.     On a picnic when there is time to lie and stare. look at the sky and find pictures in the clouds. You might even tell a story about what you see.

15.     Take the “guides” outside on a clear still night and discover together the Southern Cross.

16.     Decorate an egg carton with poster paint, fill the holes with soil and grow a little garden in it. You can either use seedlings or grow a forest of orange and lemon trees from pips.

17.     Draw shapes on a card – diamond, triangle, circle and so on. The “guides” have to match the shape by finding leaves.

18.     Adopt a tree through the year. Visit monthly and notice any changes that have taken place.

19.     Prepare a booklet of plain newsprint stapled together for each group. Write the alphabet A – Z through the book and send the groups out supplied with tape. Try and complete the book by finding an object to fit in each letter and to draw it, eg A – acorn, B – bud.

20.     Hold up a leaf. In groups the “guides” duplicate the shape standing, sitting, lying down and so on.

21.     Supply each child with paper and crayons. Describe but do not let them see a bunch of flowers or a shell or a feather or whatever you like. They draw what you describe. Compare the results later.

22.     Have some buckets of warm water. Each “guide” has a mug, a piece of wire with the end bent into a circle and about a teaspoon of Liquid Lux to half a mug of warm water. Choose a still day and see how far your bubbles will float before they burst.

23.     Write on a large sheet of paper or recite to the “guides” –

“Something blue, something red, something green about your head.

Something golden like a crown, something brown when you look down”.

  1. How many different shades of green can each group find?

25.     Can each group find six leaves with different smells?

26.     Within five minutes can you see – an animal with four legs, two birds flying, a leaf being blown by the wind, a three leaf clover, water and so on.

27.     Make a map of the trees within I kilometre radius of your meeting place.

28.     Buy some plastic bags and take them on expeditions with you – they are invaluable for all sorts of things from collecting “treasures” to keeping the first aid equipment safe and dry.

29.     “Guides” will enjoy making pictures either by carving them in the sand or by collecting twigs and leaves and so on to make a three-D effect.

30.     Save your walnut shells and let the “guides” make a miniature floral arrangement in them.

31.     In groups find a feather, a seed carried by the wind, a bone, something round, three different kinds of seeds or seed pods, something sharp, something beautiful, 5 pieces of man-made litter, something perfectly straight, something that makes a noise, the colour “blue” and something soft.

32.     Hide 50 or so “strangers” in a bushy tree and see how many the “guides” can find in a certain time.

33.     On a walk ask the “guides” to find objects through the alphabet from A – Z – this is a useful occupation on an otherwise dull stretch of road.

34.     At the beach see who can make the longest
tunnel in the sand.                                                                –

35.     Give each group 10 leaves you have gathered from 10 different trees in a defined area. See who can discover the trees they came from.

36.     Pass a nature object around a circle of “guides”. Each child may say something about it. By the time the object has circulated twice this becomes quite a challenge.

37.     In pairs players collect 9 small stones and 9 small sticks. Players draw a O’s and X’s board in the sand or soil, one player uses the sticks, the other the stones to play the game.

38.     Tape leaves found on the ground to a piece of card and draw heads, legs and arms to make people and animals.

39.     “Guides” may be taught to follow semaphore clues, coloured cards, little bits of wool, string tied on trees and so on. Whenever possible have more than one trail for the children to follow and let them have a hand in preparing it themselves. Do not forget to gather up the clues after the activity.

40.     Do make sure the “guides” know their boundaries out of doors. Perhaps you might tie a white handkerchief to a tree and tell them they may go where they like so long as they do not go out of sight of the handkerchief.

41. A quick warm up activity is “touch green”. When you call this the “guides” must all look for something green to touch and if you have to score, the first one gets a point – next time you may call “touch stone” or “touch wood” and so on.

42.     Nature Kim’s game. Let each “guide” collect and arrange her own objects then play the game with a partner. Discourage collecting from living plants.

43.     Make a treasure chest by sticking six matchboxes together – put paper fasteners to act as handles for the “drawers” and use the chests to collect tiny things of interest – seeds, pebbles, and so on.

44.     Smooth stones with flat bases make acceptable paper weights. Scratch a pattern on them or add to the markings.

45.     What the eye doesn’t see, it will with a magnifying glass. Take one with you on outings.

46.     Find four different leaves on the ground, make leaf rubbings with a wax crayon.

47.     Players lie on their backs on the ground, close their eyes, hold their clenched fists in the air. Each time they hear a different sound in nature they raise one finger. When all hands are open, sit up and discuss sounds heard by all and sounds heard by one or a few players.

48.     Make a coconut shy with pine cones, on the tops of sticks of three different heights. Use a ball to knock them down.

49.     Tie a billy or small pail to a rope and hang it over the branch of a tree. While someone slowly pulls the pail up and down the “guides” must each try to throw three small objects (acorns?) into it while it is moving.

50.     “Guides” in pairs go outside to find the largest i and smallest beautiful things that God has made. They then come back inside and describe them to the other girls.

REMEMBER TO DISCOURAGE YOUR

GUIDES FROM COLLECTING FROM LIVING PLANTS OR TREES

12/2/1997

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What is ice activity

Play with and explore the possibilities of a couple of bags of crushed ice.  Encourage younger guides to feel, taste, and push the ice.

Ensure those activities are carefully supervised and safety is maintained. For example, take care if walking on the ice, throw it away from the group, sweep up the ice when you have finished with it.  Put the ice on a garden.

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The Giant Snow Ball game

Briefly tell the younger Guides that a snowball becomes larger when it is rolled in the snow, and this one will get bigger and bigger.  Use the biggest suitable ball that you have.

One or two leaders and helpers at each end of the hall bowl the ball through the group of younger Guides in the center, trying to hit them while they dodge out of the way.  Any guides touched by the ‘snowball’ stay in the group

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Water Activities

  1. Read a book/article/post on water evaporation.
  2. Make Bubbles – in the air, from under water.
  3. Be able to describe one use of a water wheel (e.g. for irrigation).
  4. Make a simple model of a water wheel.
  5. Try some Earth Hour activities involving water.
  6. Take a trip to the show.
  7. Simple water dye fun.
  8. Make a simple model showing steam power.
  9. Using a microscope look at what is in different water drops.
  10. Clean a fish tank of algae.
  11. List ways of getting ride of different water pollutants.
  12. Hydrologically grow vegetables, herbs or flowers.
  13. Make and use water based cleaning mixes.
  14. Clean around a stream bed so that the natural flow if the water is encouraged.
  15. Clean up around the foreshore.
  16. visit a water pumping station.
  17. Take part in a water conservation project near you.
  18. Play the tidal wave game
  19. Research how do plants produce water ?
  20. Demonstrate a survival water resource method.
  21. Try the what is ice activity’
  22. make a bird bath and note what species of bird arrive.
  23. Make a water catcher for rain.
  24. Try ice-blocking.
  25. Go for a nature ramble along a foreshore.
  26. Visit a water resource that is of National interest.
  27. Make paper cups and play a water carrying game.
  28. Visit a water area that is of historical interest.
  29. make a display on Water  ie. water saving, water making, water usage methods.
  30. Wear a PFD  [personal flotation devise] in the water for three minutes.
  31. make a water storage devise.
  32. check different water boiling points.
  33. Floods and drought are two extremes of water.  What are we to do with an overabundance of both of these?
  34. Boil the water and make a hot cuppa on an alternative heat source.
  35. Take an adult companion on an interesting walk with you around a seashore, swampland e.tc.
  36. Note the birds, amphibians and other animals on the nature walk.
  37. Photograph the various life forms you observe.
  38. Draw, paint or sketch the water life around the area you walk.
  39. Find out about tides.
  40. How are the tides effected by other variables… the moon, irrigation, land mass.
  41. Research how using the water people and animals can tell the weather that is approaching.
  42. Try the what is ice activity
  43. How are the following formed: dew, frost, clouds, snow…
  44. Explore water erosion areas around where you live.
  45. visit a sewage works.
  46. Visit a meteorological station.
  47. Try the water watch.
  48. Report what you have seen on the water edge ramble.
  49. Using a net go water dipping – make sure there is an Adult form with you and your Patrol at all times.
  50. Make an underwater mobile.
  51. Try boating/kayaking/canoeing or sailing.

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Wind Activities

  1. Make a model glider or sailplane and kites .
  2. Show that you understand the use of wind currents in flying Model Gliders, sailplanes or kites.
  3. Make a model of a windmill to show a use for wind power.

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Suggested things to put on a weather chart.

  • Draw different clouds.
  • Photograph different clouds
  • Name the clouds you see in the sky.
  • Know the names of three different clouds
  • What actually is a cloud anyway?
  • What is the weather doing when these clouds appear?
  • What is the weather going to do?      Are you right?
  • What is tomorrows weather forcast?
  • What is the long term the weather forecast.
  • Take the temperature at least twice during each day.
  • Using a compass what is the wind direction on each day.
  • Note the type of day it is going to be, or was, (ie sunny,cloudy, rainy…etc.)
  • What is the air pressure reading?   Has the air pressure affected what you can of the weather?  How?

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Draw different clouds.

There are lots of visual stimulations that can make the Guides relate to the what they see in the clouds, how the clouds are formed, and what else happens to the clouds, their formation and the type of visual weather signs the clods represent.

  • Using pictures and relating these pictures to what you see in the sky work out what the clouds are that you see.
  • Cut out pictures from magazines, off the net, or from the newspapers.
  • Go outside, lie down and just look at the clouds for 5 minutes.  Go back inside and point out the clouds types seen from posters or in a scarp book.
  • Collabrotively make a scrap book on cloud information.
  • Check on wikipedia [or other web sites] for cloud information.
  • Over  boil a large pot of water so that a ‘cloud’ mist forms.
  • Draw the clouds on a weather chart. Name these clouds.

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The old Australian Brownie Guide Science Badge.

You may be assessed for one or more sciences but you may do only one at a time. This badge syllabus was designed to stimulate interest in Science. There are so many fields of science that often the ‘things’ that were of relevance and interest to one would spill over to another.

WIND

  1. Make a model glider or sailplane and kits and be able to show that you understand the use of wind currents in flying it.  (Kits may be used but you must have done the construction yourself.)
  2. Make a model of a windmill to show a use for wind power.

WATER.

  1. Be able to describe one use of a water wheel (e.g. for irrigation) and make a simple model.
  2. Make a simple model showing steam power (this need only be simple e.g. something fixed to a kettle lid to show the power of steam.)

Electricity

  1. Know the safety precautions to use when working with electricity.
  2. Make a simple electromagnet.
  3. Make two simple working models, toys or useful articles, using batteries.

Weather

  1. Show the assessor that you understand the weather forecast.
  2. Know the names of three different clouds
  3. Keep a weather chart for one month showing the temperature, wind directions, type of day, (ie sunny,cloudy, rainy…etc.)
  4. Understand something about the effects of air pressure.

Planets

  1. Know any three constellations and describe them to the assessor.
  2. Make a “prick” planetarium of two of these constellations.
  3. Understand the use of a simple telescope.

Discover

  1. Demonstrate the use and care of a microscope.
  2. Be able to describe accurately, when seen under a microscope twelve specimens of your own choice, e.g. dog’s or cats hair, e.t.c.

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The old Australian Brownie Guide Communication badge.

1
a Semophore
b Braille
c Deaf Manual Signs- Finger signs.
d Deaf-Blind Manual Signs – finger spelling.
e Morse
2
a Semophore
b Braille
c Deaf Manual Signs.
d Deaf-Blind Manual Signs.
e Morse
3
a Semophore
b Braille
c Deaf Manual Signs.
d Deaf-Blind Manual Signs.
e Morse
4
a The procedure signs used in Semophore / Morse
b How to help a blind or deaf person in the home and on the street.
c How to speak clearly so that a deaf person can lip read you.
note: Re deaf section of this badge.
The combined methos (both hands and speech simultanously) is to be used.

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