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Daisies (Grades K-1) at Home

Girl Scout Daisies is the first level in Girl Scouts and is open to girls in grades K-1.

Everything they Daisies do—from planting an indoor garden to helping their community to proudly adding that first petal to their vest—sparkles with that "first time ever" newness!

The activities below have been adapted from existing Girl Scout programming and optimized for use at home during a period of social distancing.

Not a Girl Scout? Not a problem! We're making select Girl Scout program resources available to every girl, parent, and caregiver. It's our way of doing our part during these challenging times, and to do what Girl Scouts always do: make the world a better place. And of course, if you'd like to learn more about joining Girl Scouts, we're here for you!


Unplugged Activities

What is Girl Scouts Unplugged? Every month, we'll post a brand new series of activities designed to inspire girls to unplug from digital devices and connect with the world around them. 

July Unplugged

Click to view the complete July issue of our Girl Scouts Unplugged e-newsletter or explore below. 


Art in the Outdoors

Does she love to create? Then she will love to create in the outdoors! Through these activities, she will create pieces of art that she can proudly display or give as a gift.

In this series you will find the following activities:

1. Make Something Wearable
2. Make a Wind Chime
3. Make Art in Nature
4. Make Something that Interacts with Nature

Get started!


Get Out and Get Moving

Are you looking for ways to keep your girl active while at home? An adventure walk is a great way to get moving while developing a greater appreciation of the outdoors!

In this series you will find the following activities:

1. Prepare for Your Adventure Walk
2. Take an Adventure Walk
3. Observe the Nature Around You
4. Create Art From Your Adventure Walk

Get started!


Leave No Trace Principles

Help her understand her role in preserving nature for future generations to enjoy through the seven principals of Leave No Trace.

In this series your Girl Scout will learn the following priciples:

1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
2. Travel and Camp On Durable Surfaces
3. Dispose of Waste Properly
4. Leave What You Find
5. Minimize Campfire Impact
6. Respect Wildlife
7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors

Get started!


Science Discoveries in the Outdoors

Encourage her scientist spirit while exploring the outdoors! These simple activities will engage her observation skills while observing BUGS!

In this series you will find the following activities:

1. Take a Bug Field Trip
2. Complete The Bug Scavenger Hunt
3. Observe Bugs Through a Bug Box

Get started!



STEM Activities

A Colorful Milk Dance / Un baile colorido de leche Bilingual (Spanish-English)

Learn how to be a home scientist by trying a colorful milk dance experiment.

Aprende como ser una científica en casa probando un colorido experimento.
 

Daisy Boardgame Challenge: Boardgame Design / Insignia Daisy Desafío de Diseño de Juego de Mesa: Diseño de juegos de mesa (Bilingual English-Spanish)

Use your imagination and creativity to solve problems and create new products. Join in the board game challenge by creating your own board games along with your own game spinner.

Usa tu imaginación y creatividad para resolver problemas y crear nuevos productos. Únete al desafío del juego de mesa creando tus propios juegos de mesa junto con tu propio juego giratorio.
 

Daisy Coding Basics

Learn about algorithms then follow an algorithm to make a s’more!

Adapted from step one of the Daisy Coding Basics badges.

Purpose: Learn about algorithms and follow an algorithm to make a s’more.

Setup: Computer scientists write code to tell computers what to do. They do this in different ways. For example, they may write a list of steps to solve a problem or complete a task. These lists of steps are done in the order that an event should happen. The list of steps is called an algorithm. The order the steps are done in is called the sequence. Once you know what an algorithm is, you can then write or follow one to complete any type of task!

Time needed: 15 minutes

Materials needed:

  • 1 graham cracker
  • 1 piece of chocolate
  • 1 marshmallow
  • 1 plate
  • 1 napkin

Activity: A recipe is a great example of an algorithm--it’s a list of steps to complete a task! In this case, the task is making a s’more, and the recipe is the list of steps that tells you how to do that.

Follow the steps of this algorithm to make a s’more:

Step 1: Take one marshmallow out of the bag and set it on your plate.
Step 2: Take one graham cracker out of the bag and break it in half.
Step 3: Set the halves on your plate.
Step 4: Unwrap a piece of chocolate.
Step 5: Set the chocolate on your plate.
Step 6: Put your marshmallow on one graham cracker half.
Step 7: Put your chocolate on top of the marshmallow.
Step 8: Put the other graham cracker half on top of the chocolate.
Step 9: Take a bite!

Daisy Cybersecurity Basics

Learn how to keep something safe, like a computer, with layers of protection.

Adapted from step two of the Daisy Cybersecurity Basics badge.

Purpose: Learn how to keep something safe, like a computer, with layers of protection.

Setup: Locking your front door protects your house. Wearing sunscreen protects your skin. Layers of security will protect an object or keep it from getting hurt or lost. It’s the same with your computer. Just like your house, it’s important to keep your devices, like your computer or tablet, safe.

Time needed: 15 minutes

Materials needed:

  • One plastic crystal bead, small toy, coin, or something else you can think of as "treasure" to put in a box
  • One box, large enough to hold the “treasure”
  • Material to wrap the box: wrapping paper, bubble wrap, duct tape, regular tape, rope or string
  • Crayons or markers
  • Decorating materials: stickers and glitter

Activity:

First, pick a treasure. Then, place it in a box and decorate the box.

Now that you have a beautiful box with your treasure inside, how can you keep your treasure box safe? How can you protect it so it isn’t broken into, hurt, or taken away?

Look at the materials you have to wrap and protect your box. For example, you might wrap it with the wrapping paper or bubble wrap. You might tie a string or rope around it to make sure no one else will take it. Do whatever you think will protect your treasure!

As you protect your treasure box, feel free to use more than one material to create layers of protection for your box. Just like layers of sunscreen can protect you from a sunburn when you play outside, layers of protection help to keep your treasure box safe.

So, what did you use to protect your treasure box? Did you find more than one way to protect it? What layers of protections did you use?

Daisy Phases of the Moon / Faces de la Luna Bilingual (English-Spanish)

Take a closer look at the moon and see how it seems to change shape over time.
Observa la luna más de cerca y ve cómo parece cambiar de forma con el tiempo.

Daisy Space Science Explorer

 Learn how the moon looks in the day and nighttime sky and how it changes shapes. Record your observations in a moon sky book of your own creation! 

Adapted from step two of the Daisy Space Science Explorer badge

Purpose: Learn how the moon looks in the day and nighttime sky and how it changes shapes.

Time needed: 30 minutes

Materials needed:

  • 4 or more sheets of paper
  • Pencils
  • Markers
  • Crayons
  • Glue
  • Stickers
  • Stapler or simple binding materials

Setup:

Have you ever noticed that the shape of the moon can look different on different days? What do you think is happening? The moon doesn’t actually change shape, but how much we see lit up does change!

The moon orbits (moves around) the Earth, and because of that, the sun lights different parts of it. This makes the moon look like it is changing shape. These changing shapes are called the “phases of the moon.”

Please download and review the moon resource sheet with an adult to learn some facts about the moon before you begin the activity.  

Activity:

To get started with your moon sky book, gather at least four sheets of paper, pencils, markers, crayons, glue, stickers, stapler, or simple binding materials.

Begin by decorating the cover of your moon sky book. Be creative—your book should represent your unique personality!

Next, make a plan to go outside with an adult on two different days or nights when you can see the moon in the sky. Or, go outside with an adult at two or three different times on the same day. Think about open spaces just outside your home, such as your backyard, front porch, or a garden area of your apartment building. Or, you can stay inside and look out your window.

Before going outside or looking out your window each time, make a prediction (guess) of what you think the moon will look like. Then, draw what you see.

Have an adult help you write down the dates and times you've observed the moon, and any thoughts you have about the moon.

Be a good scientist and check your predictions. Were they correct? Why or why not? What is your prediction (guess) if you were to look at the moon one more time?

If you can't find the moon, ask an adult to help you go to NASA's website and look at two different pictures of the moon. Then, draw what you see!

After recording the moon a few nights, you can now bind your pages together and create a moon sky book with them. You can punch holes and tie the pages together with string, or you could staple them—whatever works best for you!

Now you can share what you saw with others, just like scientists do!

Daisy Think Like a Citizen Scientist

Discover how scientists solve problems using the scientific method.

Note: Participation in the activity presented in this video can count toward earning your Think Like a Citizen Scientist Journey if you're a registered Girl Scout.


Outdoor Activities

Daisy Eco Learner / Estudiante de ecología (Bilingual English-Spanish)

Girl Scouts know how to use their resources wisely. Learn how to dye clothing naturally, using fruit and vegetable scraps.

Las Girl Scouts saben cómo usar sus recursos sabiamente. Aprende cómo hacer un tinte natural con restos de frutas y verduras.

Daisy Nature Circle

Make a nature circle!

Adapted from Step two of the Daisy Eco Learner badge

Time needed: 15-30 minutes

Materials needed: Three feet or more of string

Activity: In your backyard, on a trail, or sidewalk, lay a circle of string at least three feet long next to the walk or path. Look in the circle and count how many things you find living there, like plants or bugs. Which things are there many of? Which are there few of? Did anything surprise you? If you make a nature circle in another location, what do you think will be different or the same?

Daisy Outdoor Art Maker

Make a colorful painting outdoors. On a sunny day, go outside to a place where you can see lots of colors—maybe your backyard, a park with flowers or a field with pretty trees and leaves.

Adapted from step one of the Daisy Outdoor Art Maker badge. 

Purpose: Make a colorful painting outdoors. On a sunny day, go outside to a place where you can see lots of colors—maybe your backyard, a park with flowers or a field with pretty trees and leaves.

Time needed: 30-45 minutes

Materials needed:

  • Water colors
  • Brushes
  • Container of water
  • Lemon juice

Activity: If you cannot go outside, look out a window or find an outdoor scene in a family photo or online. Have an adult help you set up a place to make a watercolor painting of what you see. It doesn’t have to look exactly like it; you can be as creative as you want to be! When you’re finished painting, drip little drops of lemon juice on your painting. When it dries, talk about how the lemon juice changed how your painting looked.


Entrepreneurship Activities

Daisy Making Choices

Girls learn about the difference between wants and needs.

Adapted from step one of the Daisy Making Choices leaf.

Time needed: 30-45 minutes

Materials needed:

  • Magazines, newspapers, or fliers
  • Scissors
  • A bowl or basket

Setup: Adults work and earn money. Families use the money to buy the things they need. All people need certain things, like food, clothes, and a place to live. What is the difference between needs and wants? Talk about this with your family before starting this activity.

Activity: Set up a pretend supermarket by cutting out pictures from magazines, newspapers, or supermarket flyers and posting them around the room. Feel free to use household objects if you don’t have enough print materials. Use a bucket, bowl, or basket as your “shopping cart,” then pretend you’re shopping with your family. Fill your cart with your needs first; then add one or two wants. Now, if you had $20 to spend for all of your family’s needs and wants for the next seven days, would your shopping choices change?

Daisy Money Counts

Girls learn about different coins and what they are worth.

Adapted from step one of the Daisy Money Counts leaf.

Purpose: Girls learn about different coins and what they are worth.

Time needed: 15-20 minutes

Materials needed:

  • Pennies
  • Nickels
  • Dimes
  • Quarters

Setup: There are many kinds of coins. Each coin has a different value. A penny is worth 1 cent. A nickel is worth 5 cents. A dime is worth 10 cents. A quarter is worth 25 cents. In this activity, you will learn all about the differences and similarities among these coins.

Activity: Put a pile of coins on a table. Search through the coins for a penny, nickel, dime, and quarter. Talk about what is the same and different about the coins. Which one is the largest? Which is the smallest? What color is each coin? How much is each coin worth? First graders can practice counting how much the coins are worth and adding it all together.


Life Skills Activities

Daisy Good Neighbor

Get together with your family and make an art project showing the different parts of your town.

Adapted from step two of the Daisy Good Neighbor badge

Time needed: 30–45 minutes

Materials needed:

Supplies to make a drawing, sculpture, or 3-D neighborhood (using blocks or recycled objects)

Activity: Get together with your family and make an art project showing the different parts of your town. You could draw it, make it out of blocks or recycled objects like milk cartons, or sculpt it out of clay or salt dough. Try to include all of the places that you think are important to your neighbors in your city or town. Does your town have schools, a fire station, a library, and a Town Hall? Can you think of other places? How do you think the people in each place act like good neighbors to one another? Why is that important?

Daisy Petals

Choose one line of the Girl Scout law and talk about it with your family.

Time needed: 20-30 minutes

Materials needed: None

Activity:

The Girl Scout Law says:

I will do my best to be
    honest and fair,
    friendly and helpful,
    considerate and caring, 
    courageous and strong, and
    responsible for what I say and do, 
and to 
    respect myself and others, 
    respect authority,
    use resources wisely,
    make the world a better place, and 
    be a sister to every Girl Scout. 

Choose one line of the Girl Scout law and talk about it with your family. Come up with three ways you can follow that part of the Girl Scout Law at home—then practice doing those things!


Service Project Opportunities

DIY Mask-Making

Take action to keep your community safe and healthy by making face masks and donating them to organizations in need. Get instructions on how to make DIY homemade masks and a list of organizations requesting mask donations here.

Now, with this nationwide mask-making campaign, all girls have the chance to step up to help their friends, neighbors, and frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. And we’ve partnered with Feeding America, a network of local food banks across the U.S., to make it easy for your girls to amplify their efforts.

Registered Girl Scouts can earn the Building Better Communities patch.

Letter-Writing

Letter-Writing Service Project

The idea is simple: girls write letters to people in nursing homes, senior residences, and assisted living facilities, including the dedicated staff and caregivers. This long-distance hug is a way to share your good thoughts with these vulnerable and loved community members.

Get started with these helpful resources:

Share your story of letter writing with the greater Girl Scouts Movement by posting on social media with #GirlScoutsGiveBack. Don't forget to tag @girlscoutsla (Instagram) and @GSGLA (Facebook) as well as @girlscouts on both platforms.

More Ideas

More ideas:

Giving back to the community is a longstanding Girl Scout tradition, and in current times of crisis that is no different. Here are some great ways to give back while practicing social distancing.

 

  • Build and/or stock some Little Free Pantries
  • Take a trash clean up hike with your family
  • Use sidewalk chalk to spread messages of kindness and hope
  • Go plogging (jogging while picking up trash)
  • Clean out your closet and donate unwanted items
  • Make upcycled pet toys for an animal shelter
  • Make a bee hotel
  • Create care packages for the homeless
  • Create and donate craft kits to a children's hospital
  • Build a Little Free Library
  • Do yardwork for a neighbor in need
  • Plant a tree
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