3 Fun Ways To Earn The Junior Social Butterfly Badge

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Manners are important for everyone. Have your girls ever found themselves in a group or place where they didn’t know how to act?  It happens to everyone.  With these activities your girls will become social butterflies and have fun practicing the social style and good manners that will make them comfortable in any situation.

Below are a few ideas to get you started.

Manners Do Matter Activity Booklet

Before jumping into a few ideas, do you want to skip all the planning? If so, use the Activity Booklet with activities that are hands on to keep the girls engaged while learning about how to start conversations with friends and people you do not know, table manners, being polite and thanking others and lastly how to act and dress at certain special occasions.  With a step by step activities, you can’t ask for a easier way to run your meeting. Learn more and get yours today!

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Other Fun Activities To Try

Blunder Family Board Game

I found this great game to help girls understand manners while playing a fun game. If you have more than 4 girls you can put them on teams to play game.

Children don’t always remember the polite way to respond in situations. The Blunder family is no exception─they are known for their rude behavior. But Billy, Brenda, Bobby and Becky Blunder want to learn manners so they will be invited to the Mannerlys’ Annual Pool Party Extravaganza! Good manners will also help them make more friends, do better in school and develop self confidence. Follow them on their manners adventure, moving along the path, reading fun scenarios and answering important manner questions to be the first one invited to the pool party!

Setting the Table for Dinner Properly 

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  • copies of the table placement outline sheet and table manners worksheet.
  • Disposable tableware of the following:
  • Dinner plates (large plates)
  • Salad plates, bread plates, saucers (small plates)
  • Soup bowls (small bowls)
  • Napkins
  • Two Forks, one spoon and two knives
  • Cups

Give each girl one of each of the above tableware and tell them to set their own table in the way they think is correct.  Allow them five–seven minutes to think about and place their table settings. Review all table sets to see if there is a correct table setting. If no girls have set their table correctly, choose the table with the fewest corrections. After reviewing all tables, demonstrate the correct placement of all the items using the Table placement outline.  Start with a clear table and have girls correct their place settings along with you. This allows everyone to see and for girls to actively do the setting themselves.

Girls will set the dinner table for the rest of the troops meal and explain to the rest of the group the proper table settings and share some funny Table Manners from around the world. If possible have everyone do them.

Sharing Manners Around The World

Africa
The people of Ethiopia have a tradition of feeding each other, called gursha. It’s a gesture of hospitality that builds trust and social bonds between those sharing the food.

India, Turkey and some Middle Eastern Countries and even part of China
Considered good manners to burp after a meal. It is a sign of appreciation and satisfaction.

East and South Asia
In Japan and China, slurping your noodles shows appreciation for the meal. The host takes all the noise as a compliment.

Thai Culture

Use your fork to push the food onto the spoon do not use the fork to put food in your mouth it is saw as bad manners

If you don’t want to spend the time planning, our 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 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.


More Resources For You Beyond This Site

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.