We have now started back at Rainbows and Brownies for a new year. Usually in September, we like to do a few activities to remind them about their Promise. (Here was our Saluting Promise Craft, for example) As we start a new academic year, the children will have had six weeks off and six weeks to forget all things Guiding! This year, we are beginning the year in strange times and the words of the Promise seem to be even more pertinent than ever, especially the Rainbow Promise in which the girls promise to be kind.
“I promise that I will do my best to think about my beliefs and to be kind and helpful.”
We decided this term, we would focus on the theme of kindness. Our first virtual meeting happened just as Boris announced ‘the rule of six’ and so for our first session we made 3D Rainbow Cards to send to someone we thought might be lonely or need cheering up.
This week, we continued the theme of kindness by making a Kindness Spinner. You spin the arrow in the middle and it will land on the name of a person. You simply need to do something kind for that person. It’s a fun way to encourage the girls to be kind, or as the Brownie Law says “to think of others before yourself and do a good turn every day”
To make the Kindness Spinner, you will need:
– A paper plate
– A cocktail stick
– Blue tak
– Felt Tip pens
First, fold the plate into eighths
Open the paper plate back out and on the back of the plate use your ruler to divide the centre of your plate into eight sections. Use the creases you just made as a guide.
On the top of each section, write the name of a person. It could be a specific person such as Mummy or a more generic term such as friend or neighbour. You can then decorate your spinner and make it look colourful and exciting.
On your piece of card, draw an arrow about 8cm long to be your pointer. Colour it in and then cut it out. Put a piece of bluetak underneath the bottom your arrow. Push the cocktail stick through to make a hole. Give your cocktail stick a wiggle to make the hole slightly larger so that the arrow will spin freely on the spinner.
Put a lump of bluetak underneath your spinner in the middle. Using your scissors, carefully cut your cocktail stick in half and then push it through the middle of your spinner and into the bluetak.
Pop your arrow onto the cocktail stick. Place a piece of bluetak on the top to cover over the sharp or rough end of the cocktail stick. Your spinner is now ready to play with.
If you have a go at making a Kindness Spinner, I’d love to see.
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