Estimate a Minute Activity
One famous Swiss export are watches. Anyone who has been
to Switzerland will also know how the public transport system runs exactly
on time - almost to the second! It's very impressive! How accurately can
your Troop estimate the length of one minute. Get everyone to shut their
eyes. The leader needs to time one minute. When each person thinks one
minute has passed, they put their hand up and open their eyes. See who
is the most accurate.
Tres Condados Girl Scout Council, California, USA
Former Guider and Adviser, UK
We used your Estimate a Minute activity as part of our
Thinking Day 1999 meeting/party featuring Switzerland. However, we adapted
it. We have found
that our girls face competition in school all the time, and competitive
moments are thrust upon them in situations where absolutely no competition
is necessary, or in situations where cooperation would be more productive.
Using my genuine Swiss cowbell, I signaled the beginning of the minute.
Everyone's eyes were closed. When our Brownies (and my co-leader) thought
that the minute had ended, they raised their hands. The purpose of the
activity was for each girl to see how close SHE came to estimating a minute,
not to see who could come closest.
We have used this approach recently with a number of our activities,
so that girls have the opportunity to try-it for themselves, without worrying
about whether or not they would "win". It has given the quieter girls more
of a level of participation.
Co-Leader, Brownie Troop 663, USA
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