Tonight we had a half Lady Baden-Powell and half Our Cabana meeting. We started by going around the circle. We asked the girls what they'd liked the best about Sparks so far. We also looked at some pictures of Our Cabana.
Then we made quesadillas. We gave all the kids a half tortilla, and had them add their own toppings. Most chose a bit of salsa, cheese and some black beans. While we were waiting the 10 minutes or so for the quesadillas to cook, we read the kids the story of the Baden-Powells, and the Night Walk story from the Go Sparks Go book.
After we ate, we split the girls into two groups. We have two Brownies with our Sparks this year. The time for Brownies just didn't work for them. Next year they'll spend their year with the Guides, then stay with Guides until they're ready for Pathfinders.
So the Sparks went with Emerald and I and made Paper Bag Ponchos out of grocery store paper bags cut up the sides and a hole for the head. Then they made God's Eyes. I'm always on the lookout for ways to make traditional Guide crafts easier for our smallest members. For the God's Eyes, I bought large popsicle sticks and hot glued them together. I also found a type of chenille-yarn for them to use for their God's Eyes. Here's some examples.
For the Brownies, we decided to do the puppet play badge, so today they made a theatre for their puppets, painted some toilet paper rolls orange for their marionettes, and made some finger puppets.
Finally, for our next meeting (which is the 23rd), we asked the girls to bring in a recycled glass jar.