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If your looking for ideas to make your meeting more fun while discovering the great outdoors and getting creative, you have come to the right place. Using some of these activities below to get outdoors and creating some amazing art masterpieces with your girls. These ideas will help you earn the Outdoor Art Expert badge.
Below are a few ideas to get you started.
Outdoor Expert Activity Booklet
Before jumping into a few ideas, do you want to skip all the planning? If so, use this Activity Booklet which will give you a chance to bring your art and the outdoors together to create something that is helpful to the environment.
You will make some of your greatest art with the inspiration of nature, and design all kinds of different art pieces. You will make a number of creative outdoor themed pieces expressing your self from photography and making your own nature music and the best part you will have lots of fun doing it. With a step by step activities, you can’t ask for a easier way to run your meeting. Learn more and get yours today!
Be sure to also checkout these other activities your girls will love:
- Let’s Get Creative: Collage Artist Activities
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- Learn What Is Behind Beauty: Science of Style Activities
- How To Live A Healthier Life: Women’s Health Activities
- Bringing People Together With Games: Game Visionary Activities
- Learn About Voting & Election: Behind The Ballot Activities
Try print making using nature. First explain to the girls what print making means.
What is printmaking? It is an artistic process based on the principle of transferring images from a matrix onto another surface, most often paper or fabric. The design is created on the matrix by working its flat surface with either tools or chemicals.
Where to get started with printmaking techniques? I have searched the web and found a lot of amazing resources to get you started. Here are 3 sites worth checking out.
Learn about Labyrinths
Explain to girls more about Labyrinths and mazes and make one of their own. Here a few of the key difference between the two.
|A maze is suppose to be confusing there will be a lot of different paths and branches and dead ends. ||A labyrinth will only have 1 single route to take it may twist and turn but nothing will branch off. |
|A maze is suppose to be like a puzzle it is designed to sometimes be very difficult and sometimes have a lot of complexity.||A labyrinth is not designed to be difficult at all instead it is often long with one path to end.|
|A maze can also have different entry and exit points. ||A labyrinth will only have one entrance and one exit that will end in center.|
|Mazes are used for many science experiments and will study peoples intelligence and awareness of surroundings.||Labyrinths can have spiritual significance. It is the long path and complex walk to reach god.|
For a little extra fun watch this cool video of someone who made such a maze for their cats and watch the cats solve the labyrinth and get to finish.
One fun thing to do is take pictures of nature and align them into frame of three across also called a triptych picture. Learn more about Triptych.
What is a selfie triptych? Pose against different backdrops and experiment with your facial expressions. It is also a great idea to change your clothes for each new shot. You can leave your images colorful or turn them into black and white – the choice is yours.
Scavenger Hunts on the Fly
As you know there are lots of different type of scavenger hunts you can do with your girls. Here are just a few to get you started…
- Have girls create scavenger hunts for each other to find pictures
- Don’t do any planning and use the GoFindIt – Outdoor Scavenger Hunt
- Free scavenger hunt printable
Learn a new skill each month
What do we do after your girls complete the activities?
Well of course give them the badge to display proudly on their vest, they earned it! Additionally If you are like many leaders we want to award our girls when they complete something even beyond just the patch. One great way to show achievement is with a certificate. Don’t worry you don’t have to make them, I found a resource that has done all the work for you and all you have to do is print them and customize the certificates with each girl’s name, badge or award earned, date, and troop leader. Editable certificates perfect for awarding girls after earning a badge.
Related Activities For Multi-level Troops
If you have a multi-level troop you may want to use one of the variations to this program that is geared toward the age of your girls.
- K – 1st grade: Outdoor Art Maker Activities
- 2nd – 3rd grade: Outdoor Art Creator Activities
- 4th – 5th grade: Outdoor Art Explorer Activities
- 6th – 8th grade: Outdoor Art Apprentice Activities