Your Girl Scout troop can earn the orange Daisy petal by making a responsibility bag. The orange petal stands for “be responsible for what I say and do”. As kindergarteners and first graders, your Daisies are at an age where they want to be responsible like a “big girl”. Combine that attitude with arts and crafts, and you have the makings of a winning meeting.
I did this project with my troop during their first year as Daisies, and we called it our “Responsibility Bag”. For each meeting, the girls were responsible for bringing the bag and making sure everything they needed was inside. My girls had a folder inside for any papers that were sent home or permission slips I was collecting, as well a their vest and Daisy Activity book. Some troops have each girl have her own art supply box, so this can go into the bag as well.
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Because Daisies are young, you will need parent volunteers to help them earn the orange Daisy petal. Send out an email two to four weeks in advance to make sure you have the assistance you need. Because you will be working with fabric paint, if you cannot get enough volunteers, postpone this activity until you can get more help.
Here are the materials you need to buy to make the responsibility bag so your girls can earn the orange Daisy petal, responsible for what I say and do.
One canvas tote bag for each girl
Fabric paint or Fabric markers
Paper clips (to unclog any paint if the need arises)
Napkins (for getting air bubbles out of the paint)
Newspaper to cover the tables
Embellishments such as rhinestones
Bowls for embellishments
Brown bags (for carrying the bag to the car)
Before the meeting, have the newspaper on the table and have one bag at each place. Hold off on having the paint and embellishments on the table until you need them.
At the beginning of the meeting, ask the girls what the word “responsible” means. Have them share examples, such as chores they do at home, taking care of pets, and helping out at school.
Tell them they are going to do a Daisy craft activity that will help them be responsible Girl Scouts. They will have to keep everything in their bag for each meeting and remember to bring it. Suggest to the girls that they keep the bag in the same place each week so they can always find it and not have to frantically look for it before every meeting.
Once the girls are at their place, give them a Sharpie or fabric marker and have them write their names on the top or bottom of the bag. That way, they will not have to worry about squeezing it into their design or get paint on their clothes when trying to write their name.
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Discuss design and how to think about what they want to paint. Get some ideas for the girls.
Also, teach them how to get air bubbles out of the paint to avoid “paint burping”. If the paint does not come out easily, have them tap the paint bottle onto the napkin a few times and then have them squeeze it. If the paint comes out easily, it is good for painting.
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If they want an embellishment to stay, then have them make a large circle of paint and plop the rhinestone on to it. When it dries, it will adhere.
Have volunteers make sure the girls do not “over design”, i.e., paint so much it becomes messy looking. Have a coloring page ready for those who finish early.
At the end, tell the girls they must always bring their bag to each Daisy Girl Scout meeting. Then have the girls carry their bags on top of a brown bag. That is one way to show responsibility!
Earning the orange Daisy petal by making a responsibility bag is something the girls will remember. Some of my girls still use the bag they made three years ago!