Rainy Day Craft Ideas

Brenda Vogsland
Leader GSUSA Troop 3046, co-SUM Lincoln Ridge SU
Chaparral Girl Scout Council
New Mexico, USA
vogs@swcp.com


Several ideas come to mind that don't require glue, paint or other things that need to dry.

First is friendship bracelets - use ordinary embroidery floss, you can get many books with instructions for various designs. You will also need a safety pin for each girl so she can pin the end of her bracelet to her pants knee.

Worry dolls - I found some kits at Wal-Mart and have since used the ideas for other designs. These use small clothespins and embroidery floss.

Crocheting or knitting - this might be a good opportunity to teach your girls some simple stitches (now is the time for you to get the instruction books on How To Crochet (Knit) and learn how yourself (-:). This one might cost a little more than the others because you will also need the tools - needles or hooks for each girl as well as the yarn.

Embroidery or other needle art. If you haven't done any of this with the girls I would start with pre-printed quilt squares to do cross stitch and other stitches. Once done your troop will be able to have the squares put to gether for a quilt which you can sew council patches on the other side (-:. Or you can have each girl design her own square to do and make a troop flag with - see it gets to be personal because each girl has put a little of herself into it.

Another activity would be taking turns reading or telling stories. Bring some childrens story books and have the girls practice telling the stories in a way that a child would enjoy.

Don't forget, you can always bring several decks of cards and work on strategies in card games or some board games like chess or checkers.


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