Monday 8 February – DNA-mazing!

We continued our Uniquely Me themed week with Group 2 and after a quick catch up and saying our Promise and Law together, we started with game of Chinese New Year-themed Dobble via PowerPoint which was fun. We then learnt a little about the Chinese Zodiacs and discovered which animal zodiac we were and what animal characteristics we shared. It was very interesting.

On to our first programme activity: DNA-mazing. The aim was to explore the differences and similarities between people and understand ways genes help make us who we are. As per Group 1 last week, we carried out our own experiment to see what DNA characteristics we had. Buttercup read out a list of 8 different characteristics and based on the results, the Brownies had to draw a red or green dot on their DNA card. For example:

Tongue: Can you roll your tongue into a tube shape. If yes, draw a green dot; if no, draw a red dot.
Dimples: Do you have dimples? If yes, draw a green dot; if no, draw a red dot.

And so on until our card was full of red and green dots.

Once we worked out our unique characteristics, we talked about family traits: do we look like a particular member of our family, is there anything genetic that runs through our family and so on. Finally, we played a game to find other Brownies with the same and different characteristics than us.

This week’s break activity was to make a unique egg carton portrait. Using an empty cardboard egg carton, the girls created a face using parts of the carton, adding paper hair and decorating to represent themselves.

After break, we completed the “What do we share?” activity. We started by writing down 3 facts about ourselves that we didn’t mind sharing with the group. For example: “I can speak 2 languages” or “I bite my nails” or “I love strawberries” etc. We then played “snap” by taking turns to read out one fact and seeing if anyone else had the same fact. We followed this up with another game to see how many Brownies shared one or more facts. It was fun to learn lots of new things about each other. Our last fact to match was “I am a member of 1st Waddington (RAF) Brownies” – a great fact with 10 matches!

A massive thank you to Buttercup for running the meeting again while Daffodil was on compassionate leave. That’s it for now.  Next week is half term so no Brownie meeting but we’ll be back the week after on Thinking Day!

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