Whether it is the dead of winter or early spring, any time is a good time to help your girls earn the Brownie Girl Scout Plants Try It. Taking care of plants and nature is an integral part of scouting. As part of the Girl Scout Law, Brownies promise to make the world a better place, and by planting food and flowers, they are fulfilling that promise.
As with any badge, there are four required activities to be completed in order to earn it. The Brownie Girl Scout Try It Handbook has five different choices from which leaders can choose.Credit: www.pixabay.com
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One at home activity to earn the Brownie Girl Scout Plants Try It is for the girls to help with planting flowers around their house. They can start them from seeds or transplant flowers brought from stores. Their parents can also give them responsibility of watering them on a regular basis.
Another at home activity can be found on page 123 of the Brownie Try It Handbook. The “Simple Plants” requirement-making mold-will take several days to complete.
Before doing any of the activities, you may want to read the story Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney. It tells the story of Miss Rumphius, who is also known as the Lupine Lady. She planted flowers and in turn, made the world a better place.
You will also want to talk about the role of plants in our lives. They provide us with food, oxygen, shade, medicine, and paper.
Look Inside a Seed
The girls know what a seed looks like from the outside, but for the Plants Try it activity, they are going to look inside. You will need lima beans soaked overnight and some magnifying glasses. At atozteacherstuff.com the details are laid out for you, as well what you can do with the seed once you have looked at it’s insides.
Have a Florist Visit the Troop
A florist is someone who works with flowers for a living. She arranges them into bouquets for delivery and takes care of the flowers in her shop. Ask if the florist can bring some flowers for the girls to trim and arrange.
Visit a Nursery
If you cannot arrange for a florist to visit, then take a field trip to a nursery! Beside many pants, nurseries sell all kinds of shrubs, plants, and trees. You can tour the different areas of the nursery, ask questions, and arrange beforehand for the girls to take a plant home for their parents.
Make a Hairy Guy
This is a cute activity for the girls to do. When the grass grows, it looks like hair!
- Plastic cups with girls’ name on it
- Nylon knees highs
- Grass seed
- Plastic Spoons
- Sharpie Markers
Spread newspaper on the table to protect it. Have the girls sprinkle grass seed at the bottom on the knee high, and then spoon dirt into it. Knot at the top and place knot side down inside the plastic cup. Make a face on the nylon with a Sharpie. Water the top. Over time, the grass will grow upwards and look like hair.
Plant the State Flower
What is the flower of your state? Plant it as a patch requirement.
Plant Flowers for Someone Else
Your troop can do a community service project to earn the Plants Try Itbadge. A perfect place to would be the school they attend. Before doing this, ask the principal if it is okay. If she gives you the go ahead, ask:
- What kinds of plants or flowers does she want?
- How many?
- Can you plant after meeting time?
- Will the school maintenance crew take care of them or will the girls?
Once you have selected a date, buy the plants. Ask the girls to bring in gardening gloves and trowels if they have them. Make sure they wear clothing that can get dirty!
If planting at school is not an option, as neighbors if they are willing to buy plants and have the girls do the work for them. I am sure many will want to help you out!
Make Pine Cone Bird Feeders
A classic activity not only uses plants, but feeds the birds, too. Best of all, it does not use peanut butter.
- A large, open pine cone
- Vegetable shortening
- Oatmeal or corn meal
- Bird seed
- A few feet of string
- Mixing Bowl
- Paper plates for the girls to carry their projects home
Tie the string in the pine cone. Make a large loop at the end so it can hang from a branch.
In the mixing bowl, place 1/2 cup vegetable shortening with 2 ½ cups cornmeal or uncooked oats until well blended. If you want, you can also add chopped up dried fruit or sunflower seeds.
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Observing nature is one way to learn to appreciate nature. Take the girls outside and have them just listen to the noise of the trees. What kinds of sounds do they hear?
Take along white paper and dark crayons. Have the girls lean the paper against the tree and create tree rubbings. Have them compare the patterns of the different tree bark.
Go on a Nature Walk
Take a walk, observe nature, and learn!
Magnifying glass for each girl
Walk around a park or around the outside where you have your meetings. Have the girls stop and examine the different plants and leaves that they find. Talk about how they are alike and different.
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