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Light Blue, Honest and Fair

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Ideas for Light Blue, Honest and Fair Meetings

Requirements for earning petal:

  1. Read and discuss Lupe's story
  2. Act out Lupe's story
  3. Practice being honest and fair

 

Circle

Read a book

1. Read a story about being honest or fair (or a book about what happens when you are not honest or fair) aloud to the girls.

Jamaica’s Find by Juanita Havill

 

It’s Not My Fault! by Nancy Carlson

 

Ruthie and the (Not So) Teen Tiny Lie by Laura Rankin

 

The Emperor's New Clothes

We read the book "The Emperor's New Clothes" and talked about being honest. We also made "Honest Pretzels" (checked out the book from the library) to eat for a snack.

 

The Empty Pot by Demi

Great book about an emperor, who loves flowers, choosing his successor. He gives all the children seeds and tells them to return next year with their best effort. A little boy with a green thumb still has to take an empty pot because he couldn't get the seed to grow, but it is his best effort. He is embarassed because all the other children have beautiful flowers, but surprise! - the emperor gave them all boiled seeds and the boy's honesty shows and he is chosen emperor of the land.)

 

"Oscar, Cat About Town" by James Herriot.

This is a heartwarming story with a great lesson from the author of the "All Creatures Great and Small" series of books. The Herriots nurse a sick stray back to health, then adopt him after they grow to love him. After many months, the cat's rightful owners appear from a nearby town. They had heard about the Heriott's cat, who had the same strange habit as their dear lost pet. We discussed how the Herriots faced a choice to keep the cat or to be honest and fair and return him to the boys who lost him. We talked about times in our lives when we were honest, and when we were not. We also discussed times when someone was unfair to us, and other times when we were trated fairly.

 

2. Discuss the story. Ask girls questions based on the story you read. A few example questions are listed

below:

How was the character honest or fair?

If the character told lies, what happened when s/he told a lie?

Why is it important to be honest and fair?

What was your favorite part of the story? 

 

Discussion topic

General

Here are some things for girls to discuss:

  • Have you ever told a lie? What happened?
  • Why is it important to follow the rules when you play a game?
  • How would you feel if you and your friend were each given a bowl of ice cream, but your friend received two scoops and you received one? What if you were the one to get more?

 

What is honest and fair

Ask girls, “What would be the honest and fair thing to do if…”

You found a quarter on the floor at your best friend’s house?

Someone else wants a turn on the swing you’ve been on for a long time?

Your little brother wants a second cookie, and you’ve already had three?

 

THAT'S NOT FAIR!

From: http://troopleadermom.blogspot.com

  •  I stood in front of them and asked, "Has anyone here ever felt like something wasn't fair? Has anyone here ever done this?" and I stomped my foot, put my hands on my hips, and whined very loudly, "THAT'S NOT FAIR!" (I over-exaggerated, so it was a little funny, but at the same time, familiar. I'm pretty sure they've all done this. All kids at some point have. At least mine have.)
  • Then I said again, "Has anyone ever felt this way?" and I raised my hand to show I have.
  • Immediately the girls' hands shot up in the air.
  • I lowered my voice, almost to a whisper  and said, "I'll tell you a secret . . . Girl Scouts don't do that."
  • They all stared at me.
  • I said, "Instead of stomping our feet and saying 'THAT'S NOT FAIR!' Girl Scouts stop and think of a way to make it feel fair."
  • Then I had two girls come up and asked them their favorite colors. One was purple; the other was gold. I gave a pretend example of what if the first one had a gold crayon and the second had a purple, and each wanted to use the other's crayon. Instead of saying "THAT'S NOT FAIR!" what could they do to make it fair?
  • My Daisies knew the answers immediately: "SHARE!" "TAKE TURNS!"

 

 

Activities

Type

Activity Descriptions

supplies

Badge

Craft

Bracelets

From: http://troopleadermom.blogspot.com

See "That's not fair" discussion above

I'd separated the beads and strings so they were in groups of three and four. I used Chinese take-out plastic containers to hold them, so the beads could live in the bowl part or the lid.
Because we'd already talked about sharing, and not fussing when things don't feel fair, there were minimal incidences of girls wanting something another girl had. In each case, we reminded them about Girl Scouts being fair, and to find a way to work it out so everyone was happy.

about 18 small, colorful, wooden beads for each girl

colored string with a bead tied at the end.

Light Blue – Honest and Fair

Craft (15 min)

Promise Pals

1. Split girls into small groups of two to four girls.

2. Have each girl share with her group one thing that she is going to do at home or at school to show

others that she is honest and fair. Ideas include:

Take turns when playing a game with friends

Wait for your friends to finish eating lunch before you go outside for recess

Tell an adult when you make a mistake

3. Have each girl make a promise to the other girls in her group identifying how she will be honest and

fair. The girls in the group are now Promise Pals.

4. If possible, have the small groups check in with one another at another troop meeting to make sure

they kept their promises.

5. Have girls color in their Lupe the Lupine coloring sheets.

6. Girls can write (or have an adult help them write) the thing they promised to do from Activity #4. This

coloring sheet will serve as a reminder of the girls’ promises. 

Lupe the Lupine coloring sheets (one per girl)

Meeting Lupe the Lupine.pdf

Coloring utensils

 

Light Blue – Honest and Fair

Game

Splitting an item

The idea is to explain to the girls the concept of fairness, then give the girls the opportunity to divide up something fairly. First, we got a lot of a small inexpensive item. Then, we gave them to the girls and told the girls to divide them up fairly, while the leaders are outside the room. (One troop used daisy flower mini-erasers from Oriental Trading - we got a gross (144) for less than $5. Another troop used leftover Halloween candy. Another troop used pennies. Another hersey’s kisses)

Variation: trail mix

I gave this idea for the honest and fair petal to my friend a few years ago for her troop and now I am using it for my troop... at snack time give each girl a clear baggie containing a different food item. Some girls get cereal (like Cheerios or Fruit Loops), others M&M's, a few get animal crackers, others pretzels, some raisins, maybe mini-marshmallows, etc. Before the girls tear into their treats, have them look at what everyone got and how fair it is that some got candy and others have cereal. The girls mix it all together to make trail mix and divide it up so that everyone gets the same tasty treat for snack

Variation: Egg Hunt

Have an Egg Hunt for the "honest and fair" petal. Each girl was allowed to find 5 eggs. Once they reached their goal they had to assist the other girls until everyone found 5 eggs. They were little troopers. I think that they had more fun helping each other.

Variation: Pinata

Our troop had a great time learning about "Honest and Fair" with the help of a pinata. We filled the pinata with equal amounts of inexpensive goodies and treats. The girls took turns trying to break it open. Once it opened and the contents spilled out, the girls all grabbed as much as they could. We then looked at who had collected what and whether it was fair that some girls had more of some goodies while other girls had none. The girls decided that the fair thing to do was to divide the goodies so that each girl had the same amount of each goodie. We also talked about how some situations might seem unfair like the fact that not everyone had the same number of turns trying to break the pinata or that an older sister gets to stay up later than one of the Daisies.

Items to share

or

bags

cereal

M&Ms

animal crackers

pretzels

raisins

mini-marshmellows

or

plastic eggs

candy

or

pinata filled with candy

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Game

Exchange Tag

All players sit or stand in a circle. "IT" calls out the name of two players who must exchange seats "IT" tries to tag one of them before she reaches a seat. The person who is tagged becomes the new "IT."

 

Light Blue – Honest and Fair

Game

Assorted games

The troop played various games (tug of war, egg and spoon race)  – but the point was to use the games to demonstrate what is honest and fair.  For example, the leader would demonstrate unfair ways to play the game before the game started.  Also, the leaders showed the girls different ways to fairly make group decisions (voting, taking turns, drawing straws, flipping coins, drawing numbers from a bag).  The girls seemed to enjoy the opportunity to draw straws, flip coins, and take numbers from a bag – and the techniques were used to set up groups for games, decide who goes first, etc.   

 

Coins

Bag with numbers

Straws

 

Light Blue – Honest and Fair

Game

Musical Chairs

Another troop played musical spots (musical chairs on spots instead of chairs) to talk about being a good loser and how games are not always fair.

A variation that keeps more kids in the game is to have each child sitting on a different colored dot.  One person is in the middle and calls out a color all the people with that color have to change places.  The person left in the middle calls out the next color.

Dots

Music player

Or

Colored dots

 

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Game

Truth/Lie Game

The leaders discussed with the girls the difference between the truth and a lie.  Then, the leaders posted a happy face on one wall and an unhappy face on another wall.  Then the leader would say something (i.e. I’m wearing a green shirt, You girls are 14 years old).  The girls ran to the happy face if it was the truth and to the unhappy face if it was a lie.  Once the girls understood the game, each girl got to be the caller and say something that was either the truth or a lie (with the leader coaching girls who were hesitating).  The girls enjoyed running back and forth, but really enjoyed being the caller.   

Tape

Happy face

Sad face

 

Light Blue – Honest and Fair

Game (10 min)

Musical Chairs

1. Tell the girls that they will be playing the game Musical Chairs.

2. Have the girls discuss/determine the rules of the game.

How do you play?

When is someone out?

How can we be sure to play fair?

3. Play the game by setting the chairs up in a circle, facing outwards. There should be one less chair than

there are girls. Play the music while girls walk around the circle of chairs. Stop the music after 15

seconds (or whenever you determine it should be stopped) and the girls should each sit in a chair.

One girl will be out. Remove another chair and play again until there are only two girls and one chair.

The girl who sits in the chair at the end is the winner.

4. Have girls play the game making sure they follow the rules.

Chairs (one per girl)

CD player or MP3 player and music

 

Light Blue – Honest and Fair

 

Songs

 

Outings

 

 

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