Food-wise, corn tortillas and refried black beans. You might be able to find the refried black beans canned in a Latino market. Coffee is an important export. Little burlap bags of coffee beans would also make a good craft.
Delph Tiles: Buy each girl a white tile (the kind you find on the bathroom walls!). Buy one of those car seat things that are made of beads. Cut it up - and glue a bead at each corner of the bottom of the tile, so that it sits up off the table. You can glue felt on the bottom to 'finish' it if you wish. (You could also use small tiles and stick magnets on the back)Give the girls royal blue acrylic paint and have them paint a blue tulip on their tile. Or get a stencil and use the blue paint with the stencil. (Acrylic paint doesn't come out of your clothing so be careful not to spill! - or wash it out before it dries!!)Then the girls can take their 'Delph blue' tiles home as Untersitzens (which is the German word), hot plates to put the tea pot on at the table. (If you wish, spray the tiles with matte or satin plasticizer to seal it.) (This came from Jane Maddin, 1st Orleans Pathfinders, Orleans, Ontario, Canada but several others had similar ideas)
Lace caps. When my Brownie Troop did Holland many years ago we made the traditional Dutch hats out of paper. I don't remember the pattern, but if you look at a picture of the hat you might be able to figure it out. Wish I could be more helpful on instructions, just remember that the girls looked real cute. The evening itself didn't go quite to plan. I tried buying the tiles but the local store took a week to order them so I bought some paper doilies to make lace caps.When it came to Brownie evening. I had 8 girls leaving that evening to go up
to Guides and they had decided to do a play (Ronald Dahl 's version of Cinderella). They had also arranged an obstacle race, a spider made from ready made icing, and to finish the evening a 'take off' of Blind Date (an
English tv game show). This last part was so well done we were all in stitches(LOL). I'm sure this was not quite the evenings Guiding the Baden-Powells were imagining but at least the girls had shown some team work
and initiative and I can have my Dutch evening another week!!
http://indianculture.miningco.com - Indian culture information from About.com.
We did India in 3rd grade. For our food--rice pudding with a little cinnamon (not exactly the Indian recipe--tried that by boiling milk and rice together and decided traditional USA rice pudding tasted almost the same, less work and maybe a little more tasty--got the idea from a lady from India). We put the table legs down and sat the tables on the floor and ate there.
Learn to wrap a sari---just get some yardage of material and get a book from the library to learn how it's wrapped. My girls also used some round gems and stuck them to their forehead (some come with adhesive on it--just peel and stick). Be sure to discuss why they wear those--again the library book.
Learn to play Parchesi--a board game that is very easy for your age group to learn to play--ask your parents if they have the game--someone will--if not it's not expensive and your daughter and family would enjoy it.
Check on that library book about holidays--I believe there is a Festival of Lights that you could talk about and maybe decorate your booth or table with.
Also, Check out http://www.danabhai.com/ornaments/rornaml.html for information on the history of jewelry making in India. More Information on India October 1997 issue of "Kids Discover" Magazine. It is Volume 7, Issue 8. It is totally devoted to India. This magazine can probably be found in your local library in the children's dept.
From Kathy: Game of India - Pass On
For this game a bag containing slips of paper numbered one to ten is needed.Players stand or sit in a circle and pass the bag to each other. The game leader blows a whistle and the Guide holding the bag at that time takes out
one slip of paper and calls out the number. She must then recite the part of the Girl Guide law which has that number.Players continue passing the bag round the circle until all numbers have been picked and all of the law recited.
Japanese. Teach the girls how to count in Japanese.
Craft Idea: Try some Origami. Unless someone is good at describing origami on a text-only web-site, this is an activity that is probably best researched through library books, etc! [Editor's Note: You should be able to find some websites on origami by searching any of the major search engines with the keyword origami.
Food: Sushi/Dora Yaki Recipe - Japanese Tea CeremonySushi recipe (also check in Japanese cookbooks available in your local library)We bought toasted seaweed (nori) at a Chinatown grocery store -- you can also get it at some health food stores. It comes 10 sheets to a pack for about $2.50 or so.Cook rice the usual way (if you use short grain rice it will stick together better) but when it's done, sprinkle vinegar on it while a second
person fans it to cool it. Seriously, my friend and I just cracked up while we were doing this! When the rice is cool, pat it in about a 1/4 inch thick layer on the nori, staying about 1/2 inch from the ends. You can put a scallion (green onion) or some mushrooms or some cucumber spears on top of the rice, near one long end. Wet your hands and start to roll like a jelly roll from one long end . If you go very slowly and are careful, you will end up with a very pretty green log. Using a sharp knife, cut it into rounds about 1 inch thick. I know that sushi is usually thicker, but you are just trying to get a sample to the kids and if they like it they can have more. We
managed to get 10 slices per roll which was way more than we needed.To transform this into sashimi you'll need very thinly sliced raw fish. We did not go this route as we were concerned about the fish going bad while
unrefrigerated. Serve with wasabi (Japanese horseradish) as a dip -- caution-- this stuff is incredibly hot!!!! The biggest drawback that I saw was that the rolls smell a little fishy from the seaweed even if you don't use fish on top. One way around it is to roll the seaweed to the inside -- we did not try this ourselves but I have had these "California" rolls and they don't smell as much. The smell turned off some of the kids.Dora Yaki (grilled temple gongs -- literally!) are small, sweet pancakes. I found a recipe in a cookbook but you can use any pancake recipe, but just make them fairly small. I once found a can of sweetened red bean paste but I have also just cooked red beans and sweetened them with sugar and vanilla. The texture is not as good, so you might want to run the beans through a food processor to get them kind of like whipped potatoes. We added red food coloring to get a neat color. "Ice" the pancakes with the bean paste and top with another pancake for a little sandwich.
Japanese Tea Ceremony (Chanoyu):
Materials: pottery tea bowl Sweets: fresh cake or rice cake
Utensils: ladle, bamboo stirrer, spoon, red silk napkin, white linen cloth, powdered green tea, hot plate, pot, water, cushions (optional), cups (one for each person), kimono for leader (optional).
Arrange a large area where everyone can gather on the floor. Cushions may be arranged for guests to sit upon. Set up all the materials you are going to use for the tea ceremony at the front of the group so that your guests
can watch the process. You should have the water heating at this point. (To authenticate this ceremony even more wear a kimono.) Invite your guests to come and sit upon the cushions.
Directions for tea ceremony:
a. Bow to your guests and welcome them. "Yopku irasshaimashita" means welcome.
b. Call each guest by their last name, always adding the word SAN, a term of affection. Example: Liz Watts would be Watts-san.
c. Serve guests a small rice cake or sweet. When the leader says, "Orakuni," or "Please relax," the guests begin to eat their sweets.
d. Prepare utensils:
1. Clean the ladle (chashaku) with a red silk napkin.
2. Wipe the rim of the pottery bowl (chawan) with a white linen cloth.
3. Warm the pottery bowl with hot water. Pour out the hot water.
e. Spoon the powdered green tea (ocha) into the pottery bowl.
f. Ladle the boiling water into the bowl and stir vigorously with the stirrer until the tea foams.
g. Ladle the tea into cups or bowls for the students.
h. Guests bow and sip the tea.Note: Japanese women and girls are gentle graceful and very polite! Challenge the girls to be truly Japanese for a whole evening: polite, considerate, and self-controlled!
Flap the Fish Relay Race. Each team has a paper fish (tissue paper or similar is ideal because it is very lightweight) and a newspaper. Each player has to 'flap' the fish along the floor to a certain point (chair opposite each team?) and back. Then the next player in the team has does the same, and so on until all the players have done this. The winning team is the fastest team!
Jen-Ken-Pon (Stone-Paper-Scissors). In pairs, girls say together "Jen-Ken-Pon", or "stone, paper, scissors".
When they say "Pon" or "scissors", both girls bring one of their hands forward to represent stone, paper or scissors. A clenched fist represents stone, an open hand, palm facing up, represents paper, a scissors shape
with index and middle fingers represents scissors. Stone beats scissors because it blunts them, scissors beat paper because they cut it, and paper beats stone because it can wrap it. (This game can also be played in two
teams, with each team deciding whether they are going to be stone, paper or scissors before they start each round.)
Hanakago (Flower Basket). Everyone sits on chairs in a circle, except one person who stands in the center. Everyone, including the person in the middle, chooses the name of a flower which the leader writes down. The leader calls out two names, and the girls who chose these names try to change places before the girl in
the middle sits in one of their chairs. The person left without a chair each time becomes the person in the middle. When "flower basket" or "hanakago" is called, everyone must change places!
Touch Yourself Tag (four or more players). The Brownie who is 'It' tries to tag other players in the usual way. Thenthe tagged player becomes 'It', but must put one hand on the place where she was tagged - on her back, her shoulder, perhaps her leg! She has to chase the others like this. (If you have a large group, several players
can be 'It' at the same time.)
Dressing Up. Dressing gowns and wide sashes of material could be made to look like kimonos and obis. (Better still, find a Japanese lady who will come and demonstrate how to put on and wear the real thing!). Simple Japanese fans are very popular and help to give the girls the Japanese feeling.
and Rangeers 16-18 years old.
2) Scouting is co-ed here. Thoguht, girls can join guides and boys have another thing but here in Malaysia it is co-ed. Scout memebers here are aged between 10 untill 18 I think. It's a rather big group.
3) Girls in scouting here? Well, Do you mean Malaysia or just my school?? Please explain.
4) Badges.. well the first badge is of course the tenderfoot badge. IT's the badge that you have to do to become a Guide.Then we have our badges (I have no idea what you called it in English!!) O.K, like this after the tenderfoot badge we have a test called the Second Class Test. Afler completing it (about 14 of it), we are eligible to do the Tali Perkelilingan (It's the big sash you wear on your shoulder full of badges...) Test and compete in the Queen Guide Competition held by our district. Well, that's only the sash but not the badges yet.
The badges are :
Obviously the test is more to doing Living Skills like cooking and all. This is an induvidu work. For other badges on the sash, it is meant for group work.
5) Sorry, I don't think we have an equipment catalogue. BUt I'll try to ask my Guides teacher if there is one. I'd like to see your catalogue if you'll send it to me.
6) hmm.....anything interesting.....well, do you have gatherings? Heree, in Malaysia we have alot of it.
It's not actually a jamboorie (How do you spell it anyway??). JAmborries are like camps but gatherings
are only a day. HEre we have school gatherings where every year schools with guides and scouts associations will invite other schools. So in a year we get about 10 invitations from 10 different schools. SO, it's rather cool. I suppose you have it, too, right?? :) O.K, Guides administration here is different than your place, I think. We have Guide teaches but no Guide Leaders. The head of our Company (mine is the 12th Company or 12th Coy) is called the Coy Leader. She's 15 years old. She is assisted by the Coy Second, the Secretary and the Treasurer. These 4 people stand in front of the whole group in the role call. After them comes the Patrol leader and all.
Well, I'm just the Treasurer and unoffically my Coy's researcher about world guiding.. hehehe..
- Bariah B., Malaysia (courtesy of Kathy)
Songs: Posadas 1, 2, & 3, Sheperds Run to Bethlehem
Song Games: "Traffic Policeman" Each girl is given three beans. The girls run in every direction, pretending to be cars, trucks and buses. A leader (or one of the girls) is the Traffic Policeman. When the Policeman holds up her hand, all the traffic stops. Anyz vehicle that is caught moving must pay a fine (1 bean). At the end of the game, the Patrols/Sixes/Teams count their beans
and the one that has the most beans is the winner."Pinata" A pinata is a clay jar covered with coloured crepe paper in the shape of some kind of animal, bird, flower, or other object. It is filled with candies, popcorn, etc. and is hung by cord from the ceiling, or a tree branch. The girls each, in turn, are given a stick and, while blindfolded, they try to break the pinata. Each girl is allowed three strokes at each turn until someone breaks the pinata and the contents are scattered.Perhaps in some way have several pinatas to be used by sections of the larger group. A pinata is usually filled with candy but can be filled with trinkets instead.Mexican Hat Dance for the girls to participate in. Using castanets and teaching the others how.CraftsSwaps could be made using miniature clay pots , small straw hats (sombreros style), make tacos using fun foam, small miniature fans, attach pins to the swaps somehow.
"Pinatas"- Blow up a balloon. Tie it. Cover it with five layers of torn strips of newspaper dipped in a flour-and-water paste (paper machee). Dry thoroughly. Pop and remove the balloon. Fill the inside and cover the hole. Paint and decorate it.
Huichol - Ojo de Dios (God's Eye): God's Eyes are used in Mexico to commemorate the birth of a child. The father makes the center of the God's eye at the child's birth, so that God will watch the child. At the first, second, and third birthdays,
additional eyes are added to the "arms" to show that God is still watching. I guess that the assumption is that a child that makes it to three will probably live to be an adult. The Huichol Indians of Mexico have kept many of their old traditions in dress, religious ceremonies and lifestyle. Huichol culture is very rich in folk art. Nature is treated with much respect. The Ojo de Dios is the most well known symbol. The Indians believe the design of the eye has the power to heal and to protect. The Ojo de Dios is hung on the wall and used in ceremonies and prayer. The colours used have different meanings: RED - life itself,
YELLOW - sun moon & stars, BLUE - sky & water, BROWN - soil, GREEN - vegetation, BLACK - death. They can be used as good luck symbols.
Language: The people of Mexico speak Spanish.Good Day - Buenos dias (bwen-ose dee-as), Thank you - Gracias (grat-zee-as), Goodbye - Adios (add-e-ose)
Food:"Guacamole" (wa-ka-mo-leh), Ingredients:2 large ripe avocados, 15mL (1 tbsp.) finely chopped onion, 1 tomato, peeled and chopped, 10mL (2 tbsp.) finely chopped tinned chili, 15mL (3 tbsp.) chopped, fresh corriander, salt and pepper to taste. Method: Peel the avocados. Remove the stones. Mash the flesh to a pulp in a bowl with a fork. Mix in the other ingredients. Cover the guacamole with foil. Place in the refrigerator until it is time to serve, either as a dip or with salad at the start of a meal.Food: nachos and cheese, girls always love that. Use a crock pot to keep the cheese warm. - Posted in Scouting Links Newsletter by Michelle, Ontario, Canada
From Kathy (in Scouting Links Newsletter): Here is a Mexican recipe I got at a Thinking Day event years ago. It has been so popular that I memorized the recipe and keep giving it out all of the time as I still use the recipe several times a year at picnics, covered dish suppers, etc.
One can join scouts at the age of 6: Then you are a "Rabbit" (Hare.) Yellow bandana.
From 7 to 9 your are "Brownie" (in Norw: "Meis" - a kind of little bird). Still yellow bandana.
From 10 - 12 : Junior (Norw: Stifinner= path-finder) Blue bandana.
From 13 - 15 : Senior (Norw. Vandrer = "Wanderer") Green bandana
From 16 - 25 : Senior scout II; (Norw: ranger = "Ranger") Burgundy bandana.
From 25 and up: Leader; dark blue bandana or bandana in the color of "your" troop's age-level. Or you might just be adult scout; dark blue bandana All over Norway they are popping up "Once a scout - alway a scout" troops, with "retired" girl scouts.
The age-limit for seniors /rangers was extended not so many years ago. The "Rangers" have a National Meeting once a year, and on this meeting they (we) decided to extend the age-limit for rangers from 18 to 25. I am in my last year as a "ranger" now.In Norway we all have the same uniform, no matter if you are 6 or 60, of course
size wary, but ... :-)It is only the color of the bandana wich is different (and a few other details.) I am quite proud of our uniform. Though time has changed, and so has fashion, during the years since 1910, the Norwegian
uniform look like it did back then. Of course details etc has been changed, but it is made on the same idea; it is kaki / beige colored, - bandanas, stars, pins and badges tell about age and rank and so on.The official skirt is kaki too, but you might wear brown / dark blue trousers or skirts. Among the olders girls - the rangers - it has almost become a "fashion" to look old-fashion; with the kaik shirt and a dark blue - ankle-long- skirt, the hat and the belt in the waist.... look at an old photo of girl scouts in England in 1910!
-Ellen Anne Teigen, still living in 1997, in Baasmo, Mo i Rana, Norway (courtesy of Kathy)
-- Use Grey fun foam... draw the front view of an elephants head -- like you are looking directly towards his eyes trunk and ears.
-- Cut out the head.
-- Glue wiggle eyes on for eyes, and
-- Make a trunk out of pony beads in grey color to match the head.
-- Use a small button on the back side of the fun foam where you are attaching the trunk. Insert needle and strong thread or maybe dental floss through the button and foam to the front and string enough pony beads on to make a neat trunk long enough.
-- With the last pony bead take needle back around the bead and back through the previous beads, through the fun foam and thru the button.
-- Perhaps resew this step through the trunk to make stronger and
-- finally ending by securing the thread beginning and ending by knotting together.
-- Glue a pin back on the back of the head.
-- The ID could be written on the fun foam on the back also with a ball point or a fine line sharpie.
I hope this makes sense. It is a cute elephant with the moving eyes and trunk swinging.Song with actions/ "dance": Perhaps an elephant song. I think Lois & Bram did this one.
"One little elephant went out one day, on a spiders web to play.
She had such enormous fun
That she invited another elephant to come
Two little elephants went out one day,
On a Spiders web to play.
They had such enormous furn,
That they invited another elephant to come.
Three .... etc"
Girls act out the verse, skipping and hopping around on a spiders web, maybe forming a single line to conga style together. Swinging arms like trunks in front of their faces as they bend over being elephants. Continue to add girls to this line style dance/skipping
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Thinking Day Related Sites
Guides on the Air (GOTA-2000)
Service Unit 11 - Thinking Day 2000
Thinking Day 2000 - Special Postage Cancel
Girl Guide and Scouts on Stamps
Scout Internet Greeting Cards
- Take felt or foam and cut into circle
- Then cut shapes of countries out
- Glue shapes onto circle where they would be on the world.What my troop did for SWAPS was to make the world out of blue felt.
Then cut out the shape of Australia & a koala. We made these out of foam.
We then put them together showing the country and animal from there.
We then put pins on back.
Good luck & Happy World Thinking Day 2000!!!!!!!!:0)
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Click here for the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund Story (drama activity).
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