Wednesday, November 25, 2015

It’s Water-Wise Wednesday with Frannie the Fish {Happy Thanksgiving!}

Happy Thanksgiving, Girl Scouts!  This year, Frannie has so much to be thankful for.  She is thankful for her fish family and all her Girl Scout friends that she gets to share fun water-wise activities with every week!  Frannie wants to share a fun upcycling Thanksgiving craft project that you can do with your troop.

Upcycling is the process of taking something that would normally be thrown away and making it usable again.  Upcycling reduces the need to use new, raw materials when making a new product.  By using old materials instead of new materials, less energy and water is used.  Furthermore, air and water pollution are reduced.

Frannie will be showing you how to make fun Thanksgiving table decorations - Thanksgiving hat candy holders!

Here's what you'll need:
  •  Empty, clean K-Cups (one for each girl)
  • Construction paper or cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Yellow marker
  • Small pieces of your favorite candy
  • Optional: ruler
  • Optional: paint or markers (white, brown, or black)

Here's what you do:

1.  Clean out your K-Cup (It's a little messy, be sure to rinse it out really well!)

2.  Frannie used a black permanent marker to make her K-Cup black.

3.  Next, Frannie cut a strip of her construction paper.

4.   Then she cut a small square piece of paper and colored it yellow.

5.  Frannie then glued the yellow square onto the end of the strip of paper and wrapped both pieces around the base of the overturned K-Cup.

6.  Using the black construction paper, Frannie cut out a circle.  Be sure your circle is a little wider than the base of the overturned K-Cup; this is where a ruler comes in handy.  Use the ruler to measure the base of your K-Cup so you can mark how big your circle should be.

7.  Next, Frannie filled the K-Cup with the candy and glued the circle piece of paper she cut out to the bottom.

8.  Use your hat as a table decoration during your Thanksgiving festivities or give it to a friend that you are thankful for!

This is an easy, fun activity that you can do with your troop!  While you are making your craft, play a fun Thanksgiving game.

If possible, have Girl Scouts sit in a circle while they work on their hats.  Choose a girl to start the game (the oldest Scout for example).  Have the first Girl Scout say what she is thankful for.  The girl sitting next to her will repeat what the first Scout said and then add what she is thankful for and so on and so forth.  For example,

Abby: "I'm thankful for my family."

Bailey: "I'm thankful for my family and my friends."

Clara: "I'm thankful for my family, friends, and my pets."

Frannie wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving!