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Daisies

Daisies (Grades K-1)

Girl Scout Daisies is the first level in Girl Scouts and is open to girls in grades K-1.

Everything they do—from planting an indoor garden to helping their community to proudly adding that first petal to their vest—sparkles with that "first time ever" newness! 

The activities below have been adapted from existing Girl Scout programming and optimized for use at home during a period of social distancing.

Not a Girl Scout? Not a problem! We're making select Girl Scout program resources available to every girl, parent, caregiver, volunteer, and troop leader. It's our way of doing our part during these challenging times, and to do what Girl Scouts always do: make the world a better place. And of course, if you'd like to learn more about joining Girl Scouts, we're here for you!


STEM Activities

Daisy Coding Basics

Create Algorithms for a Computer that Follow a Sequence

Learn about algorithms and follow an algorithm to make a s’more. 

Adapted from step 1 of the Daisy Coding Basics badges.

Purpose:  Learn about algorithms and follow an algorithm to make a s’more.

Setup: Computer scientists write code to tell computers what to do. They do this in different ways. For example, they may write a list of steps to solve a problem or complete a task. These lists of steps are done in the order that an event should happen. The list of steps is called an algorithm. The order the steps are done in is called the sequence. Once you know what an algorithm is, you can then write or follow one to complete any type of task!

Time needed: 15 minutes

Materials needed:

  • 1 graham cracker
  • 1 piece of chocolate
  • 1 marshmallow
  • 1 plate
  • 1 napkin

Activity:

A recipe is a great example of an algorithm: it’s a list of steps to complete a task! In this case, the task is making a s’more, and the recipe is the list of steps that tells you how to do that. 

Follow the steps of this algorithm to make a s’more: 

Step 1: Take one marshmallow out of the bag and set it on your plate.

Step 2: Take one graham cracker out of the bag and break it in half. 

Step 3: Set the halves on your plate.

Step 4: Unwrap a piece of chocolate. 

Step 5: Set the chocolate on your plate.

Step 6: Put your marshmallow on one graham cracker half.

Step 7: Put your chocolate on top of the marshmallow.

Step 8: Put the other graham cracker half on top of the chocolate. 

Step 9: Take a bite! 

Daisy Cybersecurity Basics

Daisy Cybersecurity Basics Badge: Protect Your Treasure

Learn how to keep something safe, like a computer, with layers of protection. 

Adapted from Step 2 of the Daisy Cybersecurity Basics badge.

Purpose: Learn how to keep something safe, like a computer, with layers of protection. 

Setup: Locking your front door protects your house. Wearing sunscreen protects your skin. Layers of security will protect an object or keep it from getting hurt or lost. It’s the same with your computer. Just like your house, it’s important to keep your devices, like your computer or tablet, safe.

Time needed: 15 minutes

Materials needed:

  • One plastic crystal bead, small toy, coin, or something else you can think of as "treasure" to put in a box
  • One box, large enough to hold the “treasure”
  • Material to wrap the box: wrapping paper, bubble wrap, duct tape, regular tape, rope or string
  • Crayons or markers
  • Decorating materials: stickers and glitter

Activity:

First, pick a treasure. Then, place it in a box and decorate the box.

Now that you have a beautiful box with your treasure inside, how can you keep your treasure box safe? How can you protect it so it isn’t broken into, hurt, or taken away?

Look at the materials you have to wrap and protect your box. For example, you might wrap it with the wrapping paper or bubble wrap. You might tie a string or rope around it to make sure no one else will take it. Do whatever you think will protect your treasure!

As you protect your treasure box, feel free to use more than one material to create layers of protection for your box. Just like layers of sunscreen can protect you from a sunburn when you play outside, layers of protection help to keep your treasure box safe.

So, what did you use to protect your treasure box? Did you find more than one way to protect it? What layers of protections did you use? 

Daisy Space Science Explorer

Daisy Space Science Explorer Badge: Make a Moon Sky Book

 Learn how the Moon looks in the day and nighttime sky and how it changes shapes in step 2 of the Space Science Explorer badge. They learn how to record their observations of the Moon by creating their own Moon sky book. 

  Download the official Badge Booklet

Adapted from Step 2 of the Daisy Space Science Explorer badge. Download for free the official Badge Booklet to complete all badge requirements and earn a Daisy Space Science Explorer badge.

Purpose: Learn how the Moon looks in the day and nighttime sky and how it changes shapes in step 2 of the Space Science Explorer badge. They learn how to record their observations of the Moon by creating their own Moon sky book.

Time needed: 30 minutes

Materials needed:

  • 4 or more sheets of paper
  • Pencils
  • Markers
  • Crayons
  • Glue
  • Stickers
  • Stapler or simple binding materials

Setup: Have you ever noticed that the shape of the Moon can look different on different days? What do you think is happening? The Moon doesn’t actually change shape, but how much we see lit up does change! The Moon orbits (moves around) the Earth, and because of that, the Sun lights different parts of it. This makes the Moon look like it is changing shape. These changing shapes are called the “phases of the Moon.”

Please download and review the Moon resource sheet (PDF) with an adult to learn some facts about the Moon before you begin the activity.  

Activity:

To get started with your Moon sky book, gather at least four sheets of paper, pencils, markers, crayons, glue, stickers, stapler, or simple binding materials.

Begin by decorating the cover of your Moon sky book. Be creative—your book should represent your unique personality!

Next, make a plan to go outside with an adult on two different days or nights when you can see the Moon in the sky. Or, go outside with an adult at two or three different times on the same day. Think about open spaces just outside your home, such as your backyard, front porch, or a garden area of your apartment building. Or, you can stay inside and look out your window.

Before going outside or looking out your window each time, make a prediction (guess) of what you think the Moon will look like. Then, draw what you see. 

Have an adult help you write down the dates and times you've observed the Moon, and any thoughts you have about the Moon.

Be a good scientist and check your predictions. Were they correct? Why or why not? What is your prediction (guess) if you were to look at the Moon one more time? 

If you can't find the Moon, ask an adult to help you go to NASA's website and look at two different pictures of the Moon. Then, draw what you see! 

After recording the Moon a few nights, you can now bind your pages together and create a Moon sky book with them. You can punch holes and tie the pages together with string, or you could staple them—whatever works best for you!

Now you can share what you saw with others, just like scientists do!


Outdoor Activities

Virtual Destinations - Exploring Camp Indian Echo, 6/26

Join us for this virtual tour of our Camp Indian Echo, where you can meet a camp counselor, ask Ranger Deb questions and more!

This event is a part of a series of events one happening each month each with a different focus. Each event will take place the last Saturday of the month through September. All registrants will receive login information one week prior to the event.

Open to all Girl Scouts, and their  friends and families.

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Girl Scouts Love The Outdoors Challenge

Summer is the perfect time to get outdoors safely while social distancing! While you’re at it, join the Girl Scouts Love the Outdoors Challenge—complete the designated number of activities and earn yourself a cool new patch. Use #gsoutdoors to share your story and to see how other girls are completing this fun outdoor challenge.


Learn more.

Daisy Outdoor Art Maker

Daisy Outdoor Art Maker    Badge: See the Colors of Nature

Make a colorful painting outdoors. On a sunny day, go outside to a place where you can see lots of colors—maybe your backyard, a park with flowers or a field with pretty trees and leaves.

   Download the official Badge Booklet

Adapted from step 1 of the Daisy Outdoor Art Maker badge. Download the free official Badge Booklet to complete all badge requirements and earn a Daisy Outdoor Art Maker badge

Purpose: Make a colorful painting outdoors. On a sunny day, go outside to a place where you can see lots of colors—maybe your backyard, a park with flowers or a field with pretty trees and leaves.

Time needed: 30-45 minutes

Materials needed:

  • Water colors
  • Brushes
  • Container of water
  • Lemon juice

Activity: If you cannot go outside, look out a window or find an outdoor scene in a family photo or online. Have an adult help you set up a place to make a watercolor painting of what you see. It doesn’t have to look exactly like it; you can be as creative as you want to be! When you’re finished painting, drip little drops of lemon juice on your painting. When it dries, talk about how the lemon juice changed how your painting looked.

Daisy Eco Learner

Daisy Eco Learner Badge: Keep Living Things Safe When You Walk

Make a nature circle. 

  Purchase the official Badge Booklet

Adapted from Step 2 of the Daisy Eco Learner badge. Purchase the official Badge Booklet to complete all badge requirements and earn a Daisy Eco Learner badge.

Time needed: 15-30 minutes

Materials needed: 3 feet or more of string

Activity: In your backyard, on a trail, or sidewalk, lay a circle of string at least three feet long next to the walk or path. Look in the circle and count how many things you find living there, like plants or bugs. Which things are there many of? Which are there few of? Did anything surprise you? If you make a nature circle in another location, what do you think will be different or the same?


 Entrepreneurship Activities

Daisy Money Counts

Daisy Money Counts Leaf: Understand Different Kinds of Coins

Girls learn about different coins and what they are worth.    

Adapted from Step 1 of the Daisy Money Counts Leaf.

Time needed: 15-20 minutes

Materials needed:

  • Pennies
  • Nickels
  • Dimes
  • Quarters

Purpose: Girls learn about different coins and what they are worth.

Setup: There are many kinds of coins. Each coin has a different value. A penny is worth 1 cent. A nickel is worth 5 cents. A dime is worth 10 cents. A quarter is worth 25 cents. In this activity, you will learn all about the differences and similarities among these coins.

Activity: Put a pile of coins on a table. Search through the coins for a penny, nickel, dime, and quarter. Talk about what is the same and different about the coins. Which one is the largest? Which is the smallest? What color is each coin? How much is each coin worth? First graders can practice counting how much the coins are worth and adding it all together. 

Daisy Making Choices

Daisy Making Choices Leaf: Find Out the Difference Between Needs and Wants

Girls learn about the difference between wants and needs. 

Adapted from Step 1 of the Daisy Making Choices Leaf.

Time needed: 30-45 minutes

Materials needed:  

  • Magazines, newspapers or flyers
  • Scissors
  • A bowl or basket

Purpose: Girls learn about the difference between wants and needs.

Setup: Adults work and earn money. Families use the money to buy the things they need.

All people need certain things, like food, clothes, and a place to live. What is the difference between needs and wants? Talk about this with your family before starting this activity.

Activity: Set up a pretend supermarket by cutting out pictures from magazines, newspapers, or supermarket flyers and posting them around the room. Feel free to use household objects if you don’t have enough print materials. Use a bucket, bowl, or basket as your “shopping cart,” then pretend you’re shopping with your family. Fill your cart with your needs first; then add one or two wants.  Now, if you had $20 to spend for all of your family’s needs and wants for the next seven days, would your shopping  choices change? 


Life Skills Activities

Daisy Petals

Daisy Petals

Time needed: 20-30 minutes

Choose one line of the Girl Scout law and talk about it with your family. 

This activity was adapted from the Daisy petal requirements

Time needed: 20-30 minutes

Materials needed: None

Activity:

The Girl Scout Law says:

I will do my best to be 
    honest and fair, 
    friendly and helpful, 
    considerate and caring,  
    courageous and strong, and 
    responsible for what I say and do,  
and to  
    respect myself and others,  
    respect authority, 
    use resources wisely, 
    make the world a better place, and  
    be a sister to every Girl Scout. 

Choose one line of the Girl Scout law and talk about it with your family. Come up with three ways you can follow that part of the Girl Scout Law at home—then practice doing those things! 

Daisy Good Neighbor

Make Your Town

Get together with your family and make an art project showing the different parts of your town. 

  Purchase the official Badge Booklet

Adapted from Step 2 of the Daisy Good Neighbor badge. Purchase the official Badge Booklet to complete all badge requirements and earn a Daisy Good Neighbor badge.

Time needed: 30–45 minutes

Materials needed:

Supplies to make a drawing, sculpture, or 3-D neighborhood (using blocks or recycled objects)

Activity: Get together with your family and make an art project showing the different parts of your town. You could draw it, make it out of blocks or recycled objects like milk cartons, or sculpt it out of clay or salt dough. Try to include all of the places that you think are important to your neighbors in your city or town. Does your town have schools, a fire station, a library, and a Town Hall? Can you think of other places? How do you think the people in each place act like good neighbors to one another? Why is that important?


  Service & Take Action Projects

Project Ideas

Giving back to the community is a longstanding Girl Scout tradition, and in current times of crisis that is no different. Here are some great ways to give back while practicing social distancing.


  Just For Fun


Troop Leaders: The instructions for all badge steps are available free of charge in your Girl Scout Volunteer Toolkit.


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