Monday 25 January – Marvelous Flying Machines

We continued our Magnificent Machines week with Group 2. We started our meeting as usual with a quick catch up, a reminder of our Zoom rules and said our Brownie Promise and Law together. Then it was straight onto our first UMA of the evening: Vortex. After making sure we had our vortex supplies ready (a paper cup and balloon) we watched the Girlguiding video which explained perfectly what a vortex was. We paused the video to discuss the different parts of an aeroplane then we made our own vortex using a paper cup and balloon and practiced using the air created by the vortex to knock down pieces of paper. These were very tricky to make but with a little help from parents we finally managed to get the balloon over the paper cup.

Our first game of the evening was Battleships. As not everyone knew how to play, we explained and had a quick run through before the Brownies took turns to call out a grid references to try and sink Daffodil’s battleships. As for Group 1 last week, we were able to annotate the hits and misses on the PowerPoint slide so the Brownies could see her grid (just like the real game). The Brownies managed to sink 2 of Daffodil’s battleships before it was time to go for our break.

For break we had a foam flying glider to put together plus we designed and decorated our own paper aeroplanes. We flew both and measured how far they went to see which aircraft flew the furthest. After break we completed the Lend a Hand UMA. For this activity we had to think how everyday objects could be used to “lend a hand” and thereby keep our Brownie Guide Law. Daffodil put up a selection of PowerPoint slides; each slide had 2 objects such as washing pegs, dog lead, plaster, tea towels etc. and the Brownies had 10 seconds to think of a good turn they could do with the object to lend a hand. We had some great and creative ideas and have certainly got a lot of helpful Brownies!

Our next game was “Would You Rather?”. Daffodil had 14 random questions and the Brownies took turns to pick a number between 1 and 14 and this was our question. This week’s questions included “Would you rather be able to jump as far as a kangaroo or hold your breath for as long as a whale”. The breadth holding whale was the popular choice.

Our last magnificent machines UMA was Ship Shape. For this we were on board the HMS Brownie, discovering how to make sure ships going on a voyage have the right number of items (their logistics). Everyone had a set of cards: cargo, crew, fuel, passengers and food. Daffodil put a slide up showing a voyage with what was required and the girls had to choose and hold up one card and hopefully as a team we had everything we needed. For example: A short journey delivering post to an island – the ship required 1 fuel, 1 cargo, 1 crew, 1 passenger and 1 food. On the count of 3, the Brownies had to put up one card. We checked if we had everything and if not, had another go.  Again, as per Group 1 last week, the girls enjoyed working as a team to ensure our ship had everything on board and we had 3 Brownies plan their own trips and logistic requirements.

Our last game of the evening was Hangman. Snowdrop picked the TV category and the girls correctly guessed “Blue Peter”. This was guessed so quickly, we had time for 2 more rounds.  Well done girls. What a great meeting we had!

That’s it for now. Brownies need to save the paper cup vortex as it will be needed to make a telescope in a couple of weeks. Badges for our virtual sleepover have now been ordered.

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