If your looking for ideas to make your meeting more fun while teaching your girls how to handle money then you have come to the right place. Using some of these activities below to help teach your girls more about money, how to be smart with their money exploring wants and needs, being a leader during fundraiser by deciding what to spend the earned money on, goal setting and more.
Below are a few ideas to get you started.
Talk it Up, Making Choices, Money Counts, and Count It Up Leaf Activity Booklet
Do you want to skip all the planning? If so, use the Talk it Up, Making Choices, Money Counts, and Count It Up Activity Booklet and teach your girls more about what money is and how you can use it to buy what you need and want. Teach them about spending money and making the right choice by investigating what the difference is between our wants and needs. Also explore how to spend money you earn in a fundraiser, how to use the money to help others, and inspire customers to do the same. With a step by step activities, you can’t ask for a easier way to run your meeting. Learn more and get yours today!
Other Fun Activities To Try
Talk It Up: Cash Relay
What you need: 5 red cups each labeled 1 cent, 5 cent, 10 cent, 25 cent and $1, play money templates, your own play money or real money.
How to play: Place the five cups labeled with amounts of money on one side of room. Divide your girls into two groups and give each group a cup of mixed coins and dollar bills same amount in each cup. On go the first girl on each team would reach into cup and pull out a random coin or dollar and run across room and put in the correct cup, then run back and tag next girl to go. Until all the money was gone. The team that sorts them all first is the winner.
Count It Up: Cookie Dancing Fun
This is a great activity to get to know more about Cookies or other fundraising products. You will need to cut out a large picture of each product, and music to play during game.
How to Play: Put the cookies in playing area in a large circle. Start playing the music. The girls dance around the floor, NOT touching the cookies, until the music stops. When the music stops, each girl stands on a cookie. When the music starts again, the girls start dancing and the leader removes a cookie. When the music stops the next time, some girls will have to share a cookie. This is to show how we can all share and be friends! Continue removing cookies when the music is playing until there is just one cookie left. Now all of the girls have to share just one cookie. To do this they may need to put just the toes of one foot on the cookie. If one person stands in the middle of the cookie, this is not sharing as there won’t be enough room for everyone. We all need to share!
Money Counts: Crack the Code
I found this resource online a few years back and the girls loved it. Grab your crayons and have fun coloring and uncovering the image, while learning more about coins. Click here to print image
Making Choices: Saving Money Piggy Bank
Have each girl design and color their personal piggy bank savings bank, so they can save for something they want or trip they want to go on. Set of 12 you can get for your troop.
Making Choices: Who Can We Help?
Even Kinder-gardeners and 1st graders can be leaders! Talk to your girls about what it be like to be hungry, not having the basic things we need such as wearing shoes that fit, clothes that are not to small. Talk to girls about ways they can help others. Have them brainstorm who they can help in neighborhood, organization, family whoever.
Then plan to do a collection and donate to the group. Ask the girls to imagine what they feel like when they are hungry. Is it a good feeling? How do they feel if they are wearing shoes that are too small-can they run and play like they do if they are wearing shoes that fit? Talk about children who may be lacking in the basics that the girls take for granted. How can they help?
List their ideas and vote on one to work on. Inform the parents that for the next meeting you will collecting items for the organization the girls want to donate to. Remember to contact them prior to the meeting so they do not forget.
Talk It Up: Fundraising Fun Patch
After you have helped your girls earn money and they have reached their goals and decided how they are going to spend their money. If you are like many leaders we love getting fun patches for our girls. Here is a real cute one that works for any fundraiser your doing not just cookies.
Resources From Other Websites
So you all know how I am about sharing everything I can that will help you earn badges. Here are a few other resources to checkout while planning your meetings and teaching your girls how to handle money
- Complete guide: How to Earn All Four Girl Scout Daisy Financial Leaves.
- Makingfriends.com Badge in a bag kit: Leaves Packette.
What do we do after your girls complete the activities?
Well of course give them the awards 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.
Garden Fairy Adventure Kit
A family of 10 garden fairies are on a mission to teach your girls good values to live by. Your girls will go on a garden adventure helping their fairy friends plant their flowers, water their gardens, and learn how to put their values into action one activity at a time. Everything is planned for you, just gather the supplies and enjoy running your meeting. Learn more and get yours today.
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