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Girl Scouts at Home: Brownie Bugs Badge Part Three of Four

Earn the Brownie Bugs badge at home with the help of GSCO’s Outreach Program team! When girls earn this badge, they will explore the world of bugs and learn more about these little creatures that do so much.

For Steps Three and Five, you are going to see bugs in action and take a bug field trip! Watch this video and then go on a bug scavenger hunt! For your scavenger hunt, you can make your own board or use this one.

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Girl Scouts at Home: Brownie Bugs Badge Part Two of Four

Earn the Brownie Bugs badge at home with the help of GSCO’s Outreach Program team! When girls earn this badge, they will explore the world of bugs and learn more about these little creatures that do so much.

Step One was to draw a bug poster. For Step Two, try a bug craft. Watch each of these videos to decide which one you would like to try.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

 

Girl Scouts at Home: Brownie Bugs Badge Part One of Four

 

Earn the Brownie Bugs badge at home with the help of GSCO’s Outreach Program team! When girls earn this badge, they will explore the world of bugs and learn more about these little creatures that do so much.

Step One is to draw a bug poster. Pick your favorite bug or a bug you’d like to learn more about. Draw it and include fun facts about the big around it. What does it eat? Where does it live? How long can it live for? Is it a helpful or harmful bug? Any interesting physical facts? Does it have predators? Check out our examples on bees and snails for inspiration!

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Girl Scouting at Home: Earn your Brownie Senses badge Part Two of Two

Want to earn your Brownie Senses badge? Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Outreach Program team is here to help! For Steps One and Two of the badge, we looked around and listened to the world. Watch this video for some fun activities to complete Steps Three, Four, and Five! Special note to caregivers: For Step Five, please use any edible items in your home that you are comfortable with. We mentioned a few items, but your judgement is best as to what you have available and what you are okay with your girl eating.

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Girl Scouting at Home: Earn your Brownie Senses badge Part One of Two

Want to earn your Brownie Senses badge? Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Outreach Program team is here to help! Watch this video for fun activities to help you complete Steps One and Two. You can also check out Smithsonian Magazine for their daily “Spot the Difference” activities.

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Girl Scouting at Home: Earn your Brownie Painting badge Part Four of Four

 

Brownies can earn their Painting badge at home thanks to Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Outreach Program team! We started by getting inspired and learning how to make an art journal. To help you fulfill Step Two (Paint the Real World) and Step Four (Paint Without Brushes), we made an aspen resist painting. In Step Three, we painted a mood. Now, we are going to tackle the last step of this badge, Step Five. Watch this video to learn how to make chalk mural. If you don’t have sidewalk chalk available, don’t worry. You can spend some time planning out your mural for a future date!

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Girl Scouting at Home: Earn your Brownie Painting badge Part Three of Four

Brownies can earn their Painting badge at home thanks to Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Outreach Program team! We started by getting inspired and learning how to make an art journal. To help you fulfill Step Two (Paint the Real World) and Step Four (Paint Without Brushes), we made an aspen resist painting. For Step Three, we are going to paint a mood.

Materials:

  • Paint
  • Brushes
  • Paper for your mood painting, scrap paper for experimenting, other materials to make marks with (optional)

For Step Three of earning the Brownie Painting badge, we’re going to paint like an abstract artist. What is abstract art? Abstract art refers to paintings, sculptures, and other art media that portray art that is not meant to look like something we can recognize—it is based on something we can feel and not something we can see. Abstract artists create works of art that express feelings, moods, and ideas through artistic elements such as line, shape, and color.

Line.

The strokes you make with your brush can be big or small, thin or thick, or long or short. Think of how you can express a mood in line—how can you use your brushstrokes to express what you are feeling?

Experiment with different brushstrokes on a piece of paper. Try making as many different lines as you can think of. You can also experiment with Step Four of this badge and make marks without using a traditional paintbrush. Try using a piece of string or yarn instead of a paintbrush.

Shape

How might shapes express emotion? Maybe, happiness could be many small circles, like bubbles? Maybe, anger could be big, spikey blobs? What shape would represent how you are feeling today?

After experimenting with lines, experiment with shapes. What different shapes can you make? You can splatter paint on your paper, or drip paint on your paper and blow it around with a straw.

Color

Artists, authors, and other creatives often use color to describe or portray certain moods. How can you use color in your painting to express a mood? Think about your favorite color and how it makes you feel. What about your least favorite color—how does it make you feel?

Experiment with mixing different colors—warm, cool, and neutral. Make swatches of your colors on a sheet of paper. Which colors are you most drawn to? How do they make you feel?

Look at these paintings by abstract artists:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/29/arts/design/review-helen-frankenthaler-abstract-climates-provincetown.html

https://news.artnet.com/exhibitions/women-in-abstract-expressionism-636611

How do you feel when you look at them? What do you think they were feeling when they created them? How have they used line, shape, and color in their paintings?

For my mood painting, I decided to paint a piece depicting anger and fear since things have been kind of scary. Art is a great way to express yourself if you are feeling difficult feelings. Here is my finished painting, plus some pictures of how my painting progressed over time.

I started with painting my background and when it was dry. I dropped paint onto my paper and blew it into different shapes using a straw. Then I added some different colored lines around my blobs of paint.

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Girl Scouting at Home: Earn your Brownie Painting badge Part Two of Four

Brownies can earn their Painting badge at home thanks to Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Outreach Program team! We started by getting inspired and learning how to make an art journal. To help you fulfill Step Two (Paint the Real World) and Step Four (Paint Without Brushes), we’re going to teach you how to make an aspen resist painting. You can also watch a video to help you complete these steps of the badge.

Materials:

  • Paper
  • Paint and Palette/Plate
  • “Found” Paintbrushes (anything you choose to use as a paintbrush)
    • Cotton Swabs
    • Cotton Balls
    • Makeup Sponge
  • Yarn/String/Twine/Ribbon (6 pieces, each 12 inches long)
  • Tape
  • Pen/Marker/Pencil

Directions:

  1. Collect all of your materials and find a clean workspace.

  1. Tape your pieces of string/twine to the paper. The string will be blocking out the trunks of your aspen trees. So, if you want thin trunks, only use one piece of twine per tree. If you want thicker trunks, use two pieces of twine together.

  1. Once you’ve finished taping out your aspen trunks, it is time to paint!
    1. Take your found paintbrush and begin dabbing paint onto the paper. Dab all around the yarn, being careful not to move the yarn around as you paint.
    2. You want the blank spaces to remain under where the yarn is, as those will be the trunks of your aspen trees.

  1. You can use the same found paintbrush object (like a cotton ball or makeup sponge) for painting different colors. This will help with the color blending. You can also experiment with different types of found paintbrushes.

  1. Once you have finished painting, wait for the paint to dry for a little bit. Then, carefully un-tape and remove the yarn from the paper.

  1. Finally, draw details onto the tree trunks using a pen or marker. This is how you can make the white spaces left by the twine really look like aspen trees.

  1. Hang your finished painting somewhere prominent!

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Girl Scouting at Home: Earn your Brownie Painting badge Part One of Four

 

Brownies can earn their Painting badge at home thanks to Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Outreach Program team! Let’s start by getting inspired.

Option One: Take an Art Walk Through Your Home

Art can be found anywhere, including in your home! Get inspired by the art you walk by every day, but don’t always have the time to stop and appreciate.

Materials:

  • Blank piece of paper
  • Scissors
  • Pens/Pencils/Markers

Directions:

  1. Make a simple “art journal” to record your observations about the art that you find around your house. Watch our “how to” video for step-by-step instructions for making your own “art journal.”
  2. Look for any art that is hanging on the walls of your home.
  3. Discover art that might be sitting on shelves or tables.
  4. Check hallways, bedrooms, on the outside of the refrigerator, and even in bathrooms for any art you might have missed.
  5. Write down your observations about the art that you find. Here are some questions to get you started:
    1. Are there paintings? Photographs? Drawings? Sculptures?
    2. Are the artists who created these works famous or are they members of your family?
    3. Where in your house is most of the art located? Is it all a specific type or style of art?

Bonus: Draw an “art map” that shows the locations of some art in your house.

Option Two: Explore Two Virtual Art Museums

Did you know that you can explore some of the most famous museums in the world from the comfort of your couch? You can even explore art made by other kids! The International Museum of Children’s Art in Oslo, Norway is just one of many museums which you can visit virtually.

  1. Use a blank piece of paper as a simple “art journal” in which you can record your thoughts and observations! Watch our “how to” video for step-by-step instructions for making your own “art journal.”
  2. With your caregiver’s permission and after taking the Girl Scout Internet Safety Pledge, go online and virtually tour two amazing art museums.
  3. In your art journal, you can:
    1. Sketch some of your favorite pieces that you see during your tour, or
    2. Try to answer questions like: Which museum is your favorite? Do you have a favorite painter? What type of artistic movement do they belong to?

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Girl Scouting at Home: Earn your Brownie Pets badge Part Five of Five

 

 

 

 

 

 

Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Outreach Program team has created a series of materials, including videos, to help Girl Scout Brownies earn their Pets badge at home!

Let’s move to the last step, Step Five, feeding a pet.

Be in charge of scheduled mealtimes. Talk to your adult at home who is in charge of feeding your pet and learn the information you need to take charge of feeding your pet. Set an alarm to make sure that you are feeding your pet on time and commit to feeding your pet at their mealtimes for at least one week.

  • Ask what times your pet eats. Breakfast and dinner? Just at breakfast? Just at lunch?
  • How much food? One cup, a half a cup, or just a pinch?
  • What kind of food? Wet and canned, dry, or a special diet?
  • Where does your pet eat? In their crate or separate room? Which bowls are used?

OR

Make your pet a homemade, healthy treat. Dogs love receiving extra tasty treats as a reward for tricks they learn, good behavior, and just because! Make your own homemade dog treats for your pet using one of the recipes below. Make sure to ask an adult for help when using kitchen equipment.

Peanut Butter Dog Treats

Ingredients:

  • One cup flour
  • ¼ cup peanut butter
  • One egg
  • Two tablespoons water

Supplies:

  • Oven
  • Mixing bowl
  • Mixing spoon
  • Measuring spoons and cups
  • Rolling pin or something similar, like a long bottle to roll out dough
  • Butter knife or cookie cutter
  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper, aluminum foil, or nonstick spray
  • Sealable container, like Tupperware

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Mix together flour, peanut butter, eggs in large bowl until slightly combined.
  3. Add in a little bit of water, about one teaspoon, at a time until the mixture is wet enough to roll out as dough.
  4. Roll out dough and cut into small squares or use a cookie cutter to make fun shaped treats.
  5. Place treats on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, bake for 15 minutes.

These will keep in the pantry for a week in a sealed container.

Frozen Apple Dog Treats

Ingredients:

  • One apple
  • ½ cup Greek nonfat plain yogurt
  • Water

Supplies:

  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Ice cube tray
  • Blender
  • Sealable container like Tupperware

Instructions:

  1. Slice the apple into small pieces, removing the seeds and core.
  2. Mix the apple slices, yogurt, and a splash of water in a blender and blend until it’s a liquid consistency.
  3. Pour the mixture into an ice cube tray and freeze for a few hours or until solid. Store in a Tupperware in the freezer.

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