"Tour of London" Theme Day
The Tower of London - the Crown Jewels : different
activities depending on age-group, all making jewellery and/or crowns.
Rainbows made bracelets and necklaces by threading beads onto shirring
elastic or embroidery thread; Brownies made decorated crowns - cut out
basic crown shape from card then decorated them ad. lib. from a vast
assortment of trimmings available. Guides and SS made bracelets or brooches
using safety pins and beads - see this page
Madame Tussaud's Waxworks - decorated candles : Plain white candles were decorated with confetti shapes: immerse candle (holding it by the wick) in a tall container of hot water (Rainbows may need help) to soften surface. Press shapes into softened wax - they don't need a lot of pressure - then candle re-dipped in water to seal surface. Some colours ran slightly, which gave a pleasant "softened" effect to the design. When wax has started to go firm again, polish surface gently to smooth out any irregularities.
The Science Museum - experiments : we had a mammoth bubble-blowing session : Rainbows just made bubble-mixture from ingredients they were given (equal parts warm water, glycerine and washing-up liquid) and had fun blowing bubbles; Brownies were given an assortment of ingredients and three different recipes to try and had to see which made the best bubbles, and Guides / SS were given free rein to invent the Best Bubble Mixture In The World!
Kew Gardens - paper flowers out of crepe and tissue paper, garden canes and florists' wire.
Buckingham Palace - flags : very simple craft : we had been given a large quantity of "giant" pencils and used them as the sticks for the flags : the girls had the choice of copying a real flag (we had pictures of the Royal Standard and the Union Flag) or designing their own.
Tower Bridge - bridge building and teamwork : the girls worked in small groups for this and had to build the strongest bridge they could, using only newspaper and sellotape.
London Zoo - animal quiz etc. - three versions (Rainbows, Brownies and Guides/SS) - right-click here to download (select Save Target As ...)
Wembley Stadium (yes, we know it's been demolished....) - outdoor games (fortunately the weather was good!)