Networking is extremely important as a leader. You can get some great ideas talking with other leaders. For this reason I have several ladies I like to brainstorm with over lunch. My go-to-gal is Ginger Forst, she has lots of great ideas to share. She recently completed the Flower Badge with her Junior Troop and I can't wait to use her ideas so I thought I would share them with you too! She was kind enough to submit a Guest Blog Post. ENJOY!
Before the meeting:
- Uncover the Science of one Flower- I chose to let the girls take home five bulbs to plant for the “Grow your Flower” choice. They were able to choose the bulbs and put them in a baggie, along with photocopied instructions on how to plant them. You could actually have little pots and soil and they could plant them at your meeting.
- Look Under the Petals- Dye A Flower using food coloring- Again, this task was to be sent home. I had planned to dye the carnations with the girls at the meeting, but as I researched it, I found out that it can take hours for the carnation to start to change colors! So, they each took a carnation home. I asked them each to send me a photo of their dyed carnation. I also suggested they have an adult split the carnation up the stem with scissors (carefully) and place each half of the stem in different colored water. I won’t tell you what happens, but it’s pretty cool!
- Find Out How Flowers Help People- Flowers are Healers- For this, I brought my own essential oil diffuser which I had on for the meeting. I brought about 10 different essential oils for them to smell, along with a print out of common oils from flowers and their uses for them to learn about. Also the girls created potpourri sachets with lavender to place in a drawer at home.
- Have Fun with Flowers- Dried Flower Art- The girls glued their dried flowers to bookmarks and laminated them. I also had a hole punch handy along with some scrap ribbon that they could add to the top of their bookmark if they desired. They turned out really cool!
- Send a Message in Flower Code- Make an Arrangement- I printed out some “meanings of flowers” to look at with the girls. You can find a lot of them on Pinterest. However, the florist that I spoke to said that not to get too caught up in the “message” of the color and that is really an old fashioned idea. She suggested that if the person that you are giving the flowers to likes it, then that’s all that matters!