Many of us use supplies in our kitchen to make dinner for our family, or use baking soda to keep our fridge smelling fresh, but there are a lot of fun things you can do with those supplies that you may not of even thought of. If your Brownie Scouts want to start exploring that science that is laying around their house then they will love earning the Brownie Home Scientist badge. Below are a few ideas to get you started.
Home Scientist Activity Booklet
Before jumping into a few ideas, do you want to skip all the planning? If so, use the Home Scientist Activity Booklet to fulfill the requirements for this Brownie Badge. This booklet will have activities that are hands on to keep the girls engaged while learning how to be a scientist at home. Did you know you are a scientist every time you do a experiment? When you do a experiment and pay attention to what happens you will learn more about how things work. This badge will show your girls more about the science that is hiding in their homes, schools and meeting places. With a step by step activities, you can’t ask for a easier way to run your meeting. Learn more about this activity booklet and get yours today!
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Other Fun Home Scientist Activities
Static Electricity Bottle
What you need: Empty plastic bottle (make sure completely dry) and tissue paper shreds
How to do: Put the tissue paper shreds into bottle and rub it really hard on the carpet or in your hair. Then you will see the tissue paper work just like our hair does standing up on because of the static electricity.
What you need: Balloon for each girl, running water, salt and pepper
How to play: Blow up balloon and give it to each girl. Have them rub the balloon in their hair to see it stand up. If their hair wont produce the static try using wool cloth instead of hair.
Try these few things with your balloon:
- Turn on the faucet, rub the balloon on your head a few times, then move it near the water. The stream will bend without being touched.
- Put a teaspoon of salt and paper on a plate for each girl. With the static active the grains of salt and pepper will react toward their balloons by jumping on them.
Make a Home Made Lava Lamp
What you need: 2 liter bottle, water, measuring cup, alka seltzer, funnel, vegetable oil, red food coloring or color of girls choice.
How to make: First pour 3/4 cup of water into the bottle using the funnel. Then pour the vegetable oil into the bottle until it’s almost full. Give it a few minutes and let the water and oil separate. Then add ten drops of red food coloring to the bottle or other color if you prefer. And see your lava lamp in action. Below is a quick video to checkout if you want to see how its made.
Making Giant Bubbles
What you need: Joy washing liquid – 1 part, Water – 15 parts, Glycerin – 1/4 part
How to make: Mix together the three ingredients and let it sit for a couple hours, the longer you leave it the better the bubbles will be. You can make bubble wands using coat hangers or wires, also straws and strings work great as well. If you just want to have them available to use here is a pack of a dozen wands you can use with your troop.
Fun With Bubble Potion
What you need: small bowl, vinegar A small cup or bowl, food coloring, dish soap, and baking soda
How to make: fill the small bowl halfway with the vinegar and add in a few drops of the food coloring of your choice. Add some liquid dish soap and mix everything together. Then add in a teaspoon of baking soda and stir. Now watch as your potion ooze and bubbles. Watch the video below to see it in action.
If you don’t want to spend the time planning this badge, our Home Scientist Activity Booklet has step-by-step instructions with activities that don’t require any planning other than gathering supplies and printing booklets.
What do we do after your Brownie girls complete the badge?
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, date and troop leader. Click here to get a complete set of Girl Scout Brownie badge and journey certificates.
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I get asked a lot what other resources are out there on the internet for Leaders. I have done some digging over the years and have used many of the resources myself. I compiled a list of some great companies that sell patches, programs and also other bloggers offering amazing resources that may fit your needs even better than my site did. Checkout what I found.
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