6 Fun Games To Play At Your Thinking Day Event Including a Memory Matching Game

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World Thinking Day is February 22nd every year! 

When planning your troops Thinking Day event you may choose to find countries where Girl Guiding/ GS exists. Learn a game, song, craft, recipe, or activity unique to those countries and share it with girls. Another idea is to learn more about the 5 countries that have the World Centres in them. Below are a few ideas for activities to go with each country and a great memory game to teach the girls all about the following 5 countries:

  • Pax Lodge is in the United Kingdom
  • Kusafiri is in Africa
  • Sangam is in India
  • Our Cabaña is in Mexico
  • Our Chalet is in Switzerland

Do you need more ideas for your troops World Thinking Day event?

  • Check out the Airplane Ride where girls will take a airplane ride around the world and complete activities at your Thinking Day event. Click here.
  • Check out the Word Trefoil game where girls will learn the meaning of the Trefoil pin. Click here.
  • World Thinking Day Bingo game – with 24 different facts to learn about while having fun getting a BINGO. Click here to get yours.

FIVE World Centre Countries Memory Game

This game will teach your girls 12 different facts about each of the 5 countries with a world centres. I created this game to allow for variation based on your girl’s level. You can decide how difficult you want to make it. You can play with Daisy and Brownies a more standard matching game – printing the cards twice and they find the pairs, you can make it more difficult for older girls and they must find all the cards matching their country card (one of the 5 world centre countries)

This printable will give you 4 different ways to play the game. Get your copy of the World THinking Day Memory Match Game now!

Additional Ideas for each of the 5 countries listed above….

MEXICO

Tortilla Toss
You will need corn tortillas and a permanent marker.  Have each girl write there name on a tortilla and then have them all stand on a starting line and throw their tortillas. The one with the tortilla that went the furthest wins.

INDIA

Flower Foot Catch

Get some fake flowers and give each girl a flower (if its nice where you live in February and there are real flowers outside feel free to use those)  Each girl will stand with flower in between feet and toss in air and catch it on their foot. See how many times they can do it without dropping or losing balance. It is pretty hard but you can tell the girls in India children will often catch it 100+ times in a row.

AFRICA

Kudoda
Girls sit in a circle around a bowl filled with 20 to 30 marbles, small stones etc.   The first player picks one up and throws in air – make sure girls dont throw high that could hurt someone.  While its in air girls pick up as many stones they can before it touches ground one with most wins. Variation – play with balls or cotton balls.

SWITZERLAND

Yodal Contest
Who can Yodal the loudest – give each girl a chance to yodal just like someone from Switzerland.

Stickers From Around the World

For even more added fun, you could go on a flags from around the world scavenger hunt. If you purchase the Ultimate Sticker Book: Flags Around the World book and put the stickers on index cards, you can hide around room and have girls find the stickers of each country. Again choosing a level of difficulty based on your girls ages.

Have a amazing Thinking Day Event this year! 

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My name is Jodi Carlson, I am a mom, wife, & web designer and come with 25 years of GS experience. I am now sharing my experiences and helping other Girl leaders be great and successful and shape today’s girls to be the leaders of tomorrow. I was blessed with a Son in March of 2015 and stepped down as a full time girl leader, but missed planning and volunteering, so I decided after 25 years I have so many ideas to inspire girls and help leaders so I choose to build this blog and it has grown into a resource beyond GS, I am reaching girl leaders in many organizations.