Date: Brownies Make the Rules
|Activity Description||Who is leading it?||Program to be covered||Materials Needed||Time needed|
|Gathering||Brownies Colouring Sheet/Ball out for games||10 min|
|Opening||-Brownie Song-Brownie Promise-What we’re doing today||Rainbow Owl||Spirit of Guiding||None||5 min|
|Activity 1||Animal Name Game (IceBreaker)||Rainbow Owl||Spirit of Guiding||None||5-10 min|
|Activity 2||Peace for You and Me||Rainbow Owl/Tawny Owl||World Stage||-Peace Statements||10-15 min|
|Activity 3||Talking About Peace||Rainbow Owl||World Stage||-Enough balls for each pair-Enough Peace Signs for each Pair||15-30 min|
|Activity 4||Peace Garden||Rainbow Owl||World Stage||-Flower Templates (1 copy total)-Green construction paper (1 sheet per group)-Blank paper (1 sheet per group)-Red, yellow, purple and orange construction paper (enough to share) -Paper clips (1 per group)-Colourful markers (enough to share) -Scissors (1 pair per person) -Glue sticks (1-2 per group)Pencils||15-30 min|
|Activity 5||Make the Rules||Rainbow Owl||Spirit of Guiding||-Use the peace gardens to guide you||10-15 min|
|Closing||-What’s up next week-Closing Song||Rainbow Owl||Spirit of Guiding||n/a||2 min|
Have a few balls out for active freeplay, and some colouring sheets for non-active play.
Animal Name Game
Organize your unit into a circle and select someone to start the game. The person selected begins by saying their name, and then an animal that begins with the same letter as the first letter in their name (I.E. Rainbow Owl the Racoon). The person sitting next to them in a clockwise direction then repeats the first person’s name and animal and then adds their own name and animal. This continues around the circle, with each person repeating everyone else’s name and animal before adding their own. The last person in the circle will find the game the most difficult.
Peace For You and Me
- Ask a Guider or Junior Leader to be the announcer. They’ll be reading the Peace Statements out to everyone.
- Take a walk around your space and wait for the announcer to give the first instruction.
- When you hear “Groups!” join up in groups of two or more.
- The announcer will read out a peace statement. In your group, listen to the statement and decide whether you would feel calm or not in that situation. If it would make you feel calm put your thumb up. If it wouldn’t, put your thumb down.
- Chat with your group about your answers and why you put your thumb up or down.
- Split up and start wandering around again.
- Repeat this process for each statement on the list, making different sized groups each time, until you’ve finished all the statements.
- Come back together as a unit and act out what it looks like to feel calm. Try acting out what it means to feel peaceful. What are the similarities and differences between feeling calm and feeling peaceful?
- What else do you think helps you to feel peaceful?
- What are some other examples of things you can do to feel peaceful or help other people feel peaceful?
Talking About Peace
- Print off the peace sign for each group (or draw your own on scrap paper) and cut each into three pieces.
- Mark a starting line and a finish line on the floor with tape.
- Spread out the pieces of the peace signs across the floor.
- Come together as a unit to brainstorm. When you’re working on a problem or challenge with others, what helps the group work together? What are some of the things you can think, say, or listen for in these situations?
- Find a partner, grab a ball and place it between your back and your partner’s. Now move your hands away so you’re holding up the ball with only your backs.
- Ready to get moving? When someone says “Go!” start moving toward the finish line together. Your goal is to use teamwork talk to get to the finish line without dropping the ball. Along the way, you also need to pick up the three pieces you need to make a peace sign.
- If you drop the ball along the way, pick it up, reset it between your backs and keep going!
- When you reach the finish line, put your three pieces together and see if they make a peace sign. If they don’t, grab your ball, put it between your backs again and go back to find the piece you’re missing.
- Once you’ve got your peace sign, find your own spot in the room with your partner and talk about what you just did. What are three things you and your partner did to work together well? Write each thing on a piece of your peace sign.
- Come back together as a unit and share what you wrote on your peace signs. How can these skills help you in other situations? What other types of skills do you think would be handy as a peacebuilder?
- Make a small group and grab some garden grass and glue sticks for your group and a couple of flowers and a pencil each.
- As a group, brainstorm things you need to help you feel peaceful at Brownies.
- Write out your ideas onto your flowers.
- Glue your peace flowers onto your garden’s grass.
Brownies Make The Rules
Use the ideas on the Peace Garden to guide your Brownies in Rule Making. Talk about what kinds of rules the unit needs to have peaceful meetings. Talk about how much more fun you can have when everyone is listening and paying attention, and not interrupting! Talk about safety issues. I like to tell my Brownies that Rainbow Owl wants to give Brownies lots of freedom and independence to explore their world at meetings, but with that comes responsibility!