This page is a place to collect ideas from members for keeping entertained and connected during a time of physical distancing. We will share activities for all ages and particularly welcome ideas which only require minimal resources, such as crafts from recycled packaging. Share your ideas with us by emailing ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ or on social media!
Local and Community History Month
We think now is a great time to learn more about all the wonderful and interesting things close to home! In the PDF below we’ve created 10 prompts to get people thinking about the history of their local area, their family and the history of our Guiding community. Some of these activities are based on interest badges from all sections. Links which might be helpful:
- Historic England website
- Use postcodes or keywords to search a database of listed historical buildings – Historic England – ‘Listed buildings’
- Explore current research on important aspects of our past which haven’t always been in the spotlight and how they are reflected in our towns and cities – Historic England – ‘Inclusive heritage’
- Free historical maps through the National Library of Scotland – UK Map Search
- The National Archive, with guides to researching family and place history: National Archives
- British Library sound archive: Sound History
At the end of April lots of members around the region took photos each day based on a set of prompts. Have a go yourself or send this out to your unit and friends. Do share your photos with us and check out the album already on our Facebook page with all the amazing contributions we’ve already had!
Camp Blanket Companions
Maybe you’ve been taking part in the ‘Sewcial Distancing Challenge’ and have lots of new badges on your camp blanket! Maybe you’ve got badges older than leaders in your unit…either way, your camp blanket is your Guiding story. Write out the activities you did to achieve a particular badge or your favourite memory from the place or event where you earned it!
Share your funniest or most amazing stories with us on social media with the #BadgeTales
Toilet Roll Transformations
We all know toilet roll tubes, milk cartons and egg boxes are the most versatile craft resource on earth, so show us what you’ve made! All kinds of animals, vehicles and characters or more practical creations like pen pots, seed planters and cable tidies, the options are literally endless. Vikki from 3rd Rothwell Brownies sent in this wonderful toilet roll owl!
Use up any cardboard and wrappers to make beautiful stained glass effect decorations for your plants and windows You could colour in the plastic of a milk bottle or so many other things.
Stamford Bridge Guide Scarlett used quality street wrappers to make an ‘Easter Tree’ which looks amazing, well done Scarlett!
Why not have an activity exchange with your friends? You could draw an outline picture and email it to them to print out and colour in. You could write them a quiz, a crossword or a wordsearch. There are lots of websites where you can find templates for these activities.
Girlguiding members all over the country have been decorating their windows with rainbows, flowers and happy quotes to make people smile when they’re out for shopping or exercise. What would you most like to see when you’re walking?
We’ve got three baking challenges lined up for you. Before getting started make sure you’ve checked which ingredients you can use from the cupboard with whoever is keeping them stocked, tie back long hair, wash your hands and let’s bake!
Creative Challenge: Plan, prepare, bake and present anything you like made from ingredients already in your kitchen!
Technical Challenge: Plan, prepare, bake and present some savoury or fruit scones, or some seasonal hot crossed buns. Websites like BBC Good Food have great, easy to follow recipes.
The Show Stopper: Plan, prepare, bake and present some biscuits, iced or decorated in an interesting way! Make sure you eat up each thing you bake, share your favourite recipes and your baking triumphs with us on social media if you would like.