The Quebec Girl Guides have a Challenge Crest out right now called "C'est la Fete". Here's the link. This week at Brownies we had bring a friend night, and also completed the C'est la Fete Challenge. It's always fun to run Bring a Friend night like a party - and this badge gave us the perfect excuse!
We first taught the girls as they arrived a few French songs. Alouette was the favourite. If you don't speak French, here's the link to a Youtube version of this song for the lyrics and pronunciation. For us, we do actions as we go along the song, creating a beak for bec, and turning round and miming a tail when you sing "derriere".
We had all but two girls bring friends last night, which was wonderful - but loud at the same time!
Because the girls had almost all brought a friend, we just had them go with their circles from station to station.
At the first station, we read a short picture book about the Maple Sugar Shack, then had the girls try La Tire (hot maple syrup on snow).
At the second they learned about Ceinture Fleshee and tried their hand at making bracelets that look like them.
At the third they made a cute little snowman. To make this, you need to cut the toe off a sock, then tie the sock around the ball of the foot, and turn it inside out. Add beans to the bottom as a weight, then stuff it with stuffing. tie off the top, then use some felt to make a scarf. Use the toe you cut off as a toque, and a hot glue gun to add the eyes on. Finally, use a sharpie to add the smile, eyelashes, and buttons down the front, as well as about 1" of orange pipe cleaner for a carrot nose.
My daughter has plans to add arms of brown pipe cleaner.
Then we got together in a group again and we set up some cardboard box sleds and had the girls try some indoor people-sledding. Sparkle Owl took some empty apple boxes and added string to the ends so the girls could pull each other around.
Finally we let the girls take turns wrapping the leaders in toilet paper. Those wrapping Baby Owl won. They were given two rolls of toilet paper and told to cover as much of the leader as possible. We had them do it as a relay, so they weren't stepping all over each other.
At the end of the night 3/4 of the friends were begging to join! Which was pretty darned awesome!