Blog / February 26th, 2021

Buzz About Anglia – Bee New and Creative

In January 2021, we launched our ‘Buzz about Anglia’ challenge to celebrate our 50th birthday. The challenge includes 6 themes, you can find more about the challenge and the idea behind it here Buzz About Anglia challenge.

Bee New and Creative is one of the 6 themes and will be the focus for the months of March and April, but new activities will be added throughout the year.

This theme is all about using your imagination to get creative or learn a new skill. You can use the suggestions in this blog to inspire you, but the most important thing is to make it your own.

If you are doing this as a unit or group, ask your members what they would like to do. Don’t worry if it’s something you know nothing about, there will be advice available to you and people who can help.

Activities

For this theme we’ve added a challenge as well as lots of ideas for how you can get creative.

New and Creative Challenge – what can you do with a piece of paper?

This challenge is simple and creative, we would like to gather ideas for ‘what you can do with a piece of paper’.

Most people will have lots of paper in their home, newspaper, junk mail, kitchen paper, brown paper, plain A4 paper, the list goes on. We have 10 suggestions to start off the challenge and we need your help to share 40 more with us. Please send your ideas to anglia50@girlguiding-anglia.org.uk.

You can find the first 10 suggested paper activities here.

Lots of these are simple ideas with minimal equipment needed so you should be able to use some as fillers in your online meetings or to send home in activity packs. Others are more complex maybe for older girls and adults to try.

We will keep a running total of the number of ideas we gather from around the region, lets see how quickly we can reach 50 and who knows what the total could be by the end of April.

If this challenge isn’t for you or you would like to explore a little more within the New and Creative theme then take a look below at our challenge activity suggestions. As with the all theme activities in the ‘Buzz about Anglia’ challenge, these are just suggestions on how you can get involved. You may have your own ideas or could ask your members for their own thoughts. Keep sending us photos and stories about what you get up to anglia50@girlguiding-anglia.org.uk.

UPDATE: you can now find all 50 suggestions here.

 

Challenge activity suggestions

Digital Ideas

  • Why not find a coach from a sports club who will join a Zoom meeting and share some fun activities, or

  • a local leader who has a hobby she can share, or

  • a parent who is an expert baker, map reader, dance teacher, or juggling expert

 

Practical Skills 

Learning to make bread 

Here you can learn to knead, knockback, and prove dough to bake the perfect loaf on the BBC Good Food website.

If you want to go the step further you can make these ‘animal bread rolls’, an edible version of playing with modelling clay and the end result is a delicious snack!

Learning to make a bird box 

If you are looking for a bigger project, building a bird box could be a great activity for you. This is a great resource and recommends you personalise your box, so it is special to you.

Learning first aid skills 

Link this to the first aid Skills Builder.

Learning a new language 

There is  Brownies language badge you could link this too, or for other sections just have fun discovering a new culture. 

Learning to read a map

This resource on the BBC Bitesize website is a great place to start if you want to learn some map skills, it includes compass points and grid references as well as useful tips and tricks.

Wellbeing Skills 

Learn some mindfulness techniques

This resource on the Mind website provides information on mindfulness, how to practice it and how it can help with mental health problems. None of these activities require any special equipment and it also includes a video explaining a mindful eating exercise.

Learn yoga

Due to current restrictions, there are many local yoga teachers who are running sessions online. If you don’t want to invest in this, there are also lots of free online resources which you can use to learn yoga on your own. This is a great resource that can be accessed from home, this one also includes mindfulness.

If you are looking for some yoga positions for beginners then this is a great video here.

Physical skills

 Contact your local clubs to see if they offer taster sessions, maybe online or face to face

  • learn how to play rugby

  • learn new football skills

  • learn how to sail a boat

  • learn to play golf

  • learn how to juggle

  • learn how to fish

The sky is your limit as you perfect your new skills maybe you could share them with others too. Or maybe take them a step further, could you get a qualification, earn a certificate, or extend the skills to the next level.

Create a piece of art to celebrate the 50 years 

Create something special to celebrate 50 years of Girlguiding Anglia

Present this in any way you like, a collage or sculpture, or a piece of music. Make sure you record or capture what you are doing and then display it somewhere where everyone can see what a fantastic organisation Girlguiding is.

You could create a montage of photos of your unit’s history or your own guiding activities and achievements you have been part of in the past 50 years, either physically or digitally.

Turn on your musical talents and create something linked to music

This could be:

  • Make your own musical instruments and play a song – this resource here shows how you can make panpipes with very few materials.

  • Learn a new song and sing it to others - if you are struggling to decide which song you might want to learn, why not start here where you can find tons of guiding songs.

  • Learn a new campfire song or make up your own words to an old favourite – there are loads of suggestions which you can find here.

  • Learn a new and different type of dance and perform the dance you have learnt to others – Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer, Dianne Buswell has a great kids dance class here on her YouTube channel but it can definitely be used for older girls as well!

Grow your own 

Have a go at growing something you have never grown before - Brownies could try the Grow your Own badge!

This could be:

  • A flower or fruit from seed

  • A vegetable you like to eat

  • Create a potato or egg head with cress or mustard seed – like you can see here

  • Grow the  tallest sunflower

  • Create a wildflower garden that attracts the bees  - if you would like some direction for doing this you can take some hints and tips from this resource by the RSPB.

Download our challenge record sheet here to keep track of which themes you have completed.

You can find the Buzz About Anglia challenge badge here.

Remember to have fun and share what you get up to with us on social media or via email anglia50@girlguiding-anglia.org.uk.

Have fun 🙂