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The holiday season is one of the most exciting for many children who, at this time of year, will be living and breathing the festive atmosphere so what better way to keep them happy than to indulge in some fun Christmas-based activities with your troop?
If that sounds like fun, but you don’t know where to start, here are some simple ideas that your troop are sure to love:
A really simple, but very fun activity to do around the holidays is to have a Christmas t-shirt design competition. Invest in some blank apparel for the troop, make sure there is plenty of fabric glitter, fabric pens, sewing equipment, and embellishments lie sequins and buttons and let them get to work creating the best Christmas t-shirt they can imagine. It’s a simple activity, but it will help them improve their art and design skills, as well as their sewing skills, all of which will be very useful in the future, and they’ll love showing off their creations at the end of the day.
If you’re looking for a Christmas craft project that’s sure to engage, and which will encourage green behavior and recycling, then you need to set up a recycled ornament activity. basically, all you need to do is have the troop gather together recycled fabrics, plastic bottles, ribbons, paper, corks, and things of that nature. Then, with the help of glue, paint, and glitter, they can transform them into impressive Christmas baubles, angles, nativity scenes, or whatever takes their fancy really. You can then decorate your space with them, or have them take their creations home to hang on the tree and treasure for many years to come.
Many seniors get lonely over the holiday season, so a really nice activity to get your girls involved with is designing and creating their own Christmas cards which they can then send to the local senior living facility to spread a little cheer and let the residents know that they haven’t been forgotten. If you can take the troop to deliver them in person, and maybe sing a Christmas carol or two, then so much the better!
The holidays and gingerbread are a match made in heaven, so your troop will be absolutely delighted if you set up a gingerbread house competition where the scout with the most impressive house is awarded a prize. It’s also a really good way to use up all of those Graham crackers you have leftover before the new year.
Caroling for cans is, as you will know, a popular scouting badge, but it is also a lot of fun and it teaches the troop the importance of doing things for others and giving what you can during the festive season, so it is a really good activity to try out. The kids will love learning and practicing Christmas songs almost as much as they will love seeing those donations roll in all thanks to them.
Have fun with the troop this festive season!