World Thinking Day 2013 Activities for Daisies
The theme for World Thinking Day 2013 is girls worldwide say "together we can save children's lives." This theme is based on United Nation's Millennium Development Goal 4, which is focused on reducing child mortality rates around the globe.
To earn the award, girls complete one or more activities below.
- Frequent hand washing keeps people healthy. Talk to your Daisy friends about the best ways to wash your hands and why it keeps people healthy. Make a colorful poster to hang in your meeting area that lists hand-washing tips: Wet hands with running water. Apply soap. Lather well. Rub hands for 20 seconds. (Sing one verse of the Happy Birthday song.) Dry with a clean towel or air dry.
- Play a fun game of Mosquito Tag! The lesson of this game is to teach Daisies about illnesses and diseases such as malaria that may lead to child mortality. Players pretend they are mosquitoes and try to "bite" other players by touching them. Some players have beads in their hands. The beads act like mosquito nets and if girls are bitten, they can still stay in the game. Players without beads must leave the game. Beads are secretly passed from player to player. The game ends when only players with beads remain. Afterward, talk to Daisies about efforts to fight malaria, how different organizations such as Nothing But Nets is working to reduce malaria in developing countries.
- Suggest that girls think of a time when they were very hungry. Ask questions such as: How did you feel? Were you angry or scared? How did you feel once you were not hungry anymore? Why do you think some people don't have enough to eat?
- Ask your local librarian for age appropriate books on hunger and poverty, such as Fly Away Home by Eve Bunting; Potato: A Tale from the Great Depression by Kate Lied, and A Castle on Viola Street by Dyanne DisalvoRyan. Invite the girls to choose the book they want to talk about.
- Encourage girls to learn where our food comes from by arranging to visit a local farm or farmer's market to find out what the farmers produce and where they sell it. Or visit a community garden and offer to help weed, plant, or cleanup. Ask girls to consider how we can make sure everyone has enough to eat.
- Girls in the Daisy Flower Garden (a Girl Scout leadership journey) made a beautiful garden and have a positive effect on their community. What could you do in your community to help sick children? As a group, choose a project and take action for World Thinking Day.
Last Modified: 2/7/2013 2:55 PM