How to Earn the Yellow Daisy Petal Friendly and Helpful
Earning the yellow Daisy Girl Scout petal, "be friendly and helpful" is easy to do with this inexpensive Daisy Girl Scout craft. In fact, you create two different books and have a few weeks worth of activities for very little money.
These books should be done during the first month or two of your troop's year. The reason for this is the yellow Daisy Girl Scout petal is for being friendly and helpful, two things the girls need to be if you want your Girl Scout meetings to go smoothly and without incident.
The materials you need depend on how you wish to go about creating your book. If you want to create a "big book" use poster board for each line of the poem or couplet. If you want to make it smaller, buy 9 x 12 poster board or cardstock and have the girls use that to write and draw on.
In addition to the writing poster board, you will also need for the first idea:
Glue and glitter (optional, but use newspaper if you decide to add bling to the poster)
Three binder rings
Since Daisy Girl Scouts are in kindergarten or first grade, and can range in age from five to seven, it is best that you or your co-leader write out the words to the poem so all your girls have to do are the illustrations. You may also want to have one or two parent volunteers to keep the girls on track and to give assistance.
Here is the poem. My friend sent it to me via email, and I do not know to whom I should give credit.
A Poem for Daisy Troops
I AM A DAISY,
I AM A FLOWER.
I AM A YOUNG GIRL WITH SO MUCH POWER.
I WILL GIVE MY HAND TO MY FRIENDS IN NEED,
I WILL ALWAYS STRIVE TO SUCCEED.
I LOVE TO LEARN, I LOVE TO WRITE,
I LOVE TO SHARE AND I NEVER FIGHT.
I WILL ALWAYS SHOW THE BEST OF ME.
I WILL ALWAYS BE THE BEST I CAN BE.
I AM A DAISY, WHICH GIVES ME POWER
I AM A DAISY, I AM A FLOWER.
With your troop, read the poem and discuss what it means. Depending on how many girls you have, you will break them up into groups to illustrate the line or lines they have been given. Monitor each group so they are illustrating to match the lines they are given.
Before binding, if you desire, you can have the book laminated. You can use your troop dues to pay for this.
An alternative to this poem to earn the yellow Daisy petal is to do the same thing, only use the Girl Scout Law:
I will do my best to be
honest and fair,
friendly and helpful,
considerate and caring,
courageous and strong, and
responsible for what I say and do,
respect myself and others,
use resources wisely,
make the world a better place, and
be a sister to every Girl Scout.
For this yellow Daisy petal project, you can have the girls create a page for each petal for themselves. You can do this throughout the year as a closing activity and at the year's end. You may want to cut petals out of felt for the girls to glue onto each page. The girls will have a beautiful book of their Daisy Scouting year!
Earning the yellow Daisy Girl Scout petal can be a terrific learning experience for both you and your troop.