For Hawaiian swaps we made crepe paper flowers with a bead or two in the middle (for pollen like on a hibiscus - the state flower). Take a piece of wire - the insides of telephone wire or cable is great because it is light, bends easily, and comes in all kinds of colors - yellow, red, green etc. with designs on it. Anyway, take about 4 inches of crepe paper and pleat it around a piece of wire, then wrap it on with florist tape. Put your beads on the end of the wire that sticks out of the middle of the flower, and twist the back part of the wire to attach onto hat, hair etc. (or twist onto a safety pin).
We also made a scale model of Hawaii by blowing up copies of each island from a National Geographic map and gluing them down on a large board. Then we built up the islands with paper maché following the general map elevations and island pictures. At the next meeting we painted it as one station while at other stations the girls made "grass" skirts from green plastic table cloths and leis from crepe paper, florist tape and telephone wire. At the event, our table was so popular because we made the two active volcanoes on the big island "work". We had little plastic cups built in where the volcanoes were supposed to be and at the event we let every girl pour in either baking soda or red food colored vinegar from film canisters the girls measured ingredients into. SO the volcanoes erupted over and over again all day! It was lots of fun and a different hands-on display.
We also gave our food: pineapple chunks (from can) and fresh cut little pieces of coconut.
Troop Leader, Suncoast Council, Florida, USA
Go fishing. My brownies cut out, from coloured construction paper:- fish shapes, crabs, lobsters, eels, shrimps, etc. attached a paper clip to the mouths. Made a fishing rod out of garden canes, tied on some string, then a large magnet to the end, and went fishing.
An added version for camp could be: Write clues on the back of the fish shapes, and the clues would lead the girls to find hidden *parts*. All the found *parts* could be pieces of a craft. Once they have found everything, they could go to the craft table and make it. Afterwards, use the fish shapes and have a race with them. Girls place the fish on the floor, blow through a straw, and they have to see whose fish ends up at the finishing line first.
Make a bridge. If you are at residential camp: Line up lots of chairs together (Bridge). Place blue tissue paper underneath the chairs (River). Then the girls would have to walk over the bridge to get to the dining table. Again, empty Christmas paper rolls could be used for Trunks of palm trees, cut out green leaves and attach to trunks. My girls also cut out some brown monkeys and taped them up the trunk. One girl even drew banana shapes and added them. Didn't have the heart to tell her it was a coconut tree!
Decorating drinks. The girls could also cut out circles, and pleat them. Open them up, add a toothpick, and presto an umbrella to attach to their Piña Coladas (milk). Add some sliced banana, or canned pineapple, and they'll never know the difference.
How about a science experiment to represent the Hawaiian volcanoes - you know, the one with baking soda and vinegar? It's fun if you put red food colouring in the vinegar first.
Coconut game. Buy about four coconuts. (Small ones are best for kids). Make a stand for them out of coat hangers. The stand has to have a circle at the top, so the coconut can lay partly inside, but not too much, only a couple of inches. Insert holder in the grass. If ground is hard, moisten with some water and let soak in a bit, or else the coat hanger will bend with the pressure of pushing it in. Line them up about 10-15 feet away, and at least five feet apart. Have teams, and the girls could try and knock them down with baseball balls. (A very popular British game at church fetes). (Editor's note: in England, people throw balls at coconuts balanced on stands. If you knock the coconut off the stand, you win the coconut as a prize.)
We had an Hawaiian theme for our Enrollment, the girls made everything. They all made tissue flowers and wore them in their hair. First year girls made leis, cut out flowers and straws donated from McDonald's for spacers. The pathway leading to the pond was lined with strings of Christmas lights laid on the floor - looked nice when the lights were turned out. The palm trees also lined the pathway, and the girls had to cross the bridge (gym benches) and river.
24th Brampton Brownies
Brampton, Ontario, Canada
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