Monday 1 March – “Lechya da!”
As today was St David’s Day, Daffodil had her Welsh flag as a background and welcomed everyone by saying “lechya da” (pronounced “yaki da”) which means cheers or good health. Daffodil’s dad is Welsh and her family come from the Bangor/Snowdonia area where Welsh is the first language; indeed, Daffodil’s granddad didn’t really speak English at all! As the daffodil is Wales’ national flower, it turned out very fortuitous that this was the flower picked to be Daffodil’s Brownie name over 20 years ago!
We welcomed another new face this week – how exciting! Lottie is visiting us for a 2-week trial before hopefully joining us fully after Easter. Lottie has transferred from 1st Walton Brownies and been put in the Rabbits Hedgehogs six for now and will join Group 2. A ginormous Brownie hello and welcome.
As per Group 1 last week, we started our Emotion week with the Clowning Around UMA. The aim of this activity was to try and make someone laugh using just our faces, try out facial warm up exercises and practice using different expressions. We started with 4 different warm up we practiced over the top expressions including sad, angry, surprised and happy. The Brownies then took turns to pick their own emotions and express it with everyone else guessing.
Time for some quick games; Daffodil has put all our favourite time fillers on one PowerPoint presentation numbered 1 – 30 so asked a Brownie to pick a number and this was the game we played. Games chosen this week were Bolting Brownies (a new game from the Girlguiding virtual games website), funny pictures and bingo.
Our next activity was Exploring Emojis, part of the Communicate Skills builder badge. The aim was to explore when emojis are used, create our own emojis and understand the different meanings of emojis. We started off by showing our emoji cards from our zoom packs so got to see lots of different emotions and realised that they weren’t just smiley faces but could include anything from the weather to food to activities. For break, the Brownies drew their 3 favourite emojis and designed 3 new ones. After break we checked out the results and had some amazing emojis creations. We finished off the activity by discussing the right and wrong times to use emojis.
Our last activity was the Colourful Memories UMA; the aim of this was to test our memory skills and explore how dementia can affect someone’s memory. Firstly, Daffodil explained what dementia was and we discussed it briefly to see if anyone knew anything about it. Next we wrote down our favourite memory and took turns to ask each other questions about memories – focusing on smells, sights and sounds. Lastly, we chatted about way we could help people with dementia remember happy memories.
Just time for a very quick round of scavenger hunt then it was time to go. See everyone in 2 weeks!