Daisy Girl Scouts: Earning the Honest and Fair Petal
What are Daisy Petals?
Daisy girl scouts are the youngest members of the Girl Scout family. They begin their adventure when they are in Kindergarten and First Grade.They are called "Daisy" after the nickname given to Juliet Gordon Low, who is the founder of Girl Scouts.
During troop meetings and events, Daisy girl scouts learn the Girl Scout Promise and Law through age appropriate activities. As they earn each of the 10 values of the law, they earn a petal to wear on their uniform.
Troop meetings should provide the girls with a variety of activities to help them understand and practice the value that is being learned. Previously earned values can, and should be reinforced in later meetings. However, troop meetings should first and foremost be FUN! Appeal to the interests of the girls and keep things moving.
This is a compilation of ideas for you to use with your troop as they work on their Honest and Fair petal. Where possible, I have provided links to sites that have detailed information about the idea. Enjoy!
How Honest Are You?
Do you ever tell lies?
Honest and Fair: the light blue petal
If you google the phrase "teaching honesty" you will get over 18 million hits. The importance of being honest is valued in our society even though we are witness to so much dishonesty. Our children hear the story of George Washington chopping down the cherry tree, and Honest Abe returning the penny, and then overhear accusations of our political leaders lying about...well...everything. Our children need to learn to be honest with others...and with themselves. That's not an easy task.
Teaching children Fairness is not any easier. People will often cry out, "That's not fair," when things don't go the way they want them too. It is important to teach our children why they should know the rules and follow them. It is also important to teach them ways to change those rules if they need to, and how to do so in a way that is "fair" to everyone involved. For example, if the order of a game is to normally go in alphabetical order, but Susan has to leave early, the girls can decide to let Susan go first. If everyone agrees, then they will see the change as being fair.
At the Daisy level, the girls should have experiences that help them do the following:
- Identify a truth from a lie (ex. Bananas are purple)
- Discuss why honesty is a good value
- Problem solve what they should do if they ever do tell a lie
- Discuss what it means to be Fair
- Problem solve what they can do if they see someone being treated unfairly
- Discuss ways to be honest and fair to themselves.
The girls should not be used as examples of honesty or dishonesty, fairness or unfairness. Rather, use examples from stories, movies, and television to illustrate these traits. The Boy Who Cried Wolf can be used to illustrate honesty, while the story of Cinderella can be used to illustrate fairness. Letting the girls brainstorm other examples will help them refine their understanding of these values. Playing games and role-playing situations will further help the girls to develop ways to communicate their understanding.
Excerpt from The Journal of Pediatric Health Care
"Books provide a safe medium for children to explore different concepts, feelings, and attitudes while allowing them to better understand their environment, community and societal expectations."
-Children's Books for Use in Bibliotherapy by Anna Tielsch Goddard, MSN, RN, CPNP_PC (2011)
- Lupe's Story - Girl Scouts has a flower friends story for each petal, available in the Daisy Girl's Guide to Scouting. Lupe the Lupine helps the girls understand why being honest and fair is important to friendship.
- Jamaica's Find by Juanita Havill - A story about a young girl who sometimes finds it hard to do the right thing.
- by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat - Who knew a little lie could get so out of hand? A Big Fat Enormous Lie
- Fair and Squaresville: A Story About Playing Fair - A VeggieTale story that brings home the lesson about being fair and not cheating.
- Play Fair, Little Bear by Kathleen Allan-Meyer - Little Bear tries to use a shortcut, rather than follow the rules.
- The Boy Who Cried Wolf - Classic story that demonstrates the importance of honesty.
- It's My Turn by David Bedford - Two friends learn how to play fairly on the playground.
- It's Not Fair by Carl Sommer - Busy bees learn that when everyone works together makes everyone happier.
- The Emperor's New Clothes - Great story about being honest to others and being honest with yourself.
- Pinocchio - The little wooden puppet must learn a lesson in honesty if he wants to be a real boy.
There are other children's songs available on Youtube and through an internet search. I am a little picky about my songs. They need to have a good message for the children, but not be so sacharine sweet that I can't listen to it more than once.
Tell the Truth - Eric Clapton
Should EVERY kid get a trophy?
- Board games - Allow the girls to play a game, but tell them there are no rules, they can play any way they want to play. Stop the game before the girls get too frustrated, and have them talk about their experience. Was it fun playing without rules? Was it fair that the rules kept changing?
- Truth/Lie Game - Put up a picture of a Happy Face on one wall, and a Sad Face on another wall. (These can be drawn on paper, or paper plates.) Say either a truth or a lie. (Bananas are purple.) The girls run to the Happy Face if you tell the truth. They run to the Sad Face if you tell a lie. Once the girls understand the game, they can take turns being the person who tells the truth or lie.
- Role-Play - On index cards, write down games the girls might play on the playground. (Tag, Jump Roe, HopScotch, Swings, etc.) Have the girls talk about what the rules should be for the game. Pretend a new friend wants to play with them. Act out how to be fair with the new friend.
- Fairness Snack - Give each girl a clear cup and have them write their name on it. Tell them no one can start their snack until everyone is ready. Give the first girl 5 kisses (or other small treat). Count them out loud for each girl. Give the next girl 2 kisses. Give the next girl 4 kisses. Continue giving each girl a different amount. When the girls start complaining that "This isn't fair," let them figure out how to solve the problem. (They can divide the candy equally, or use the remaining candy to give each girl 5.)
- Remember the Lie - Hold up a picture of an object and make up a lie about it. (Example. Hold up a picture of a boat and say "This is a sock") Pass it to the next person. They have to repeat what you said and add a new lie. (This is a sock and it flies.) Continue until someone accidentally tells the truth or forgets a lie. Play the game again, this time telling the truth. Which is easier to remember?
- Honest and Fair Hunt - Hide plastic eggs, candies or other small items for the girls. Hide enough so that each girl can find 5 items. Once the girls have found their 5 items, they should help their friends find 5 items. Game continues until everyone has found 5 items.
Coloring pages are a great activity when the girls are first coming to the meeting. It helps them transition into the meeting and become more focused on Girl Scouts.
- Honest and Fair - makingfriends.com
- Light Blue Petal - makingfriends.com
- Honest and Fair Law - makingfriends.com
- Lupe the Lupine - girlscout.org
When completing crafts, encourage the girls to practice being fair by NOT having a box of crayons for each girl. They can then use their words to ask for the color they want, and practice sharing. You can use other craft supplies like scissors, glue, etc.
- Lupe the Lupine print - You will need paper, crayons, potatoes cut in half, and ink pads (preferably in blue) The girls will use the potato to make a print on the top of the paper. This will be Lupe's head. Below the potato print they draw a line to the bottom of the page. This will be Lupe's stem. Using their fingers in the ink pad, make fingerprints along both sides of the stem. These are the small flowers/petals. With crayons add facial features to the head. Write the words HONEST and FAIR on the side of the paper, along with the girl's name.
- Paper bag puppets - Create a puppet that goes with the story you have read (wolf, pinocchio, emperor, etc.) Color a picture of the character, cut it out, and glue it to a brown paper bag. Here are some sites for the puppet characters:
Most Honest Town
According to a social experiment conducted by the makers of Honest Tea, the winner of the Most Honest City in America goes to.......
It's a tie between Oakland, California and Salt Lake City, Utah.
Read more about it in the Huffington Post.
Invite someone to talk to the girls about honest and fairness:
- Lawyer or a Judge
- Police Officer
- Coach or an Athlete
- Newspaper Reporter
- Priest or Minister
Field Trips can provide great experiences for learning values:
- Police Station
- Sporting event
- Pizza Parlor - remember to be fair when sharing the pie
Share Your Ideas
While this is list is a good starting point, it is by no means exhaustive. There are lots of resources and ideas out there that can help girls learn the values of Honesty and Fairness. Please share your ideas so we can all learn together.