Encourage girls to bring their pets
with them and talk about how they care for their pets, why they choose them and
how the pets have changed their lives. This is a good activity to do at
the park, not all meeting places would appreciate animals indoors. All
pets should be restrained by a leash or in a pet carrier, cage or bowl.
Parents should accompany pets to the event for added safety.
Going on an Animal Hunt
This is a fun activity to bring more thought into the animals
your girls see while at the zoo. Depending on the age level of your girls,
make clues depicting animals that are featured in the zoo you are visiting.
(Most zoos have a website that will show animals who live there.) Make
your clues as simple or as complex as necessary, but do try and give clues
instead of a list. For instance, a large grey animal with a very long nose
is much more fun than elephant.
Caring For Pets
This is a one page unit with a pet pledge and questions for girls
with and without a pet. The set is similar to the pledge in the BGS
handbook, but can be copied for your troop. You can download this unit
in MS Word format.
an Animal Mask
card stock (to print mask)
large craft stick
Color Animal Masks
Print mask patterns onto cardstock. Once girls have cut out
their masks, add a large craft stick to the back for a handle.
Source: printouts from unknown source
This game is made super easy on the leader by using stickers. We
purchased a large set of stickers (around 500) all the same size and shape at
our local Wal-Mart in the school supplies section. Make a grid that will
accommodate 5 stickers across and 5 stickers down. Make different cards by
randomly placing animal stickers into the grids. Be sure that you also
place one of each animal sticker on a card (we used index cards cut into
quarters) to be drawn from the pot. To keep the cards reusable, don't let
the girls mark the animals on their cards, instead, we used flat marbles to
cover the animals as they were called.
This is not a game for the faint of heart, or for discussion at
the dinner table, but the girls love it. Our council office has a game
where you match the poo specimen to the correct animal. While your council
may not have this game (one of our members created it for us) ask them what they
do have, you may be surprised! Our council also offers a game in which
girls match casts of tracks to the correct animal, this one is also loads of
Any "gummi" animal
Ants on a Log (celery stuffed with
peanut butter and raisins placed on the peanut butter for "ants")
--Pet Shop Owner
--Animal Shelter Worker
an Animal Shelter
Adopt a local animals shelter and have girls collect things they
made need such as food, dishes, old blankets, toys, etc.
a Pet Day
Organize a community adopt a pet day with your local animal
shelter. Girls can create and distribute flyers, work at the event and
collect items to make care packages for each family's new pet.
Research to find local endangered species. Is there a
conservation fund to help protect these animals? If not, your girls could
help to create one. If there is, have the girls make a display or
presentation about this animal that they can share with other girls and
Do you have a zoo close to your meeting place? Your troop
can adopt the zoo by visiting and helping to plant flowers, clean up trash or
care for some of the animals. Check with your zoo and see what you can do.