Monday 26 April – Groovy Dancing!

It was Group 2’s turn to start work on the exciting Girlguiding Lincolnshire South 60th birthday challenge by looking at the 1960s. Firstly, though we welcomed another 2 new starters: Ayda who is moving up from Rainbows and joined the Rabbits and Emily who has just moved to the area joined the Squirrels. A massive Brownie hello and welcome to both. We also said a fond farewell to Evelyn who is transferring to another Brownie unit for logistical reasons.  Goodbye and good luck Evelyn – we hope you have as much fun in your new Unit as you’ve had with us 😊

In the 1960s, the Space Race between America and Russia came to a head with the Russians beating the Americas to put the first man in space; however, in 1969, the Americans sent a rocket to the moon. Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong were the first people to walk on the moon. For this challenge we had to find out about the phases of the moon so we watched a fascinating 3-minute video all about it – did you know the word month comes from the moon as the moon takes one month to orbit round the earth?  We played Space Invaders (spaceship version of Battleships) – well done to the Brownies who managed to find and destroy Buttercup’s 3 flying saucers!  We then watched a 2-minute video about the moon landing in 1969 and finished off the session with a game of Izzy Whizzy.

The second part of our challenge badge this week was the Civil Rights Movement. Martin Luther King made his famous “I have a Dream Speech” in 1963. We talked very briefly about who Martin Luther King was and what the civil rights movement was for and the horrendous discrimination in America at that time. During break, the Brownies made an amazing diversity hand flower with different shades of skin tone paper drawn around their hands which become the flower’s petals.

After break, time for some more games including virtual hide & seek, hangman and a quick round scavenger hunt before completing the last challenge of this week’s theme – Pop Music. Pop music came on the scene in the 1960s with acts like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Beach Boys. For this challenge we had to listen to some 60s music and have a go at some of the crazy dances. We did this by watching a great YouTube video showing 2 ladies demonstrating all the different dances including the Hitchhiker, the Loco Motion, The Watusi and the Hand Jive. This was a fun activity and we had most of the Brownies dancing along having great fun!

That’s it for now – Group 1 are back in a couple of weeks to celebrate the 1970s with the Queen’s 1977 Silver Jubilee.

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