Thursday, 17 January 2019

Sparks 30th Anniversary Doodle 2019

Hello Owl and Toadstool friends! 
Here is my doodle to celebrate thirty years of Sparks in Canada.

For those of you who are not familiar with Sparks they are 
the youngest members of Girl Guides of Canada {GGC}.   
This is the branch for girls aged 5-6 years old.  

The  national  launch of Sparks was January 03, 1989.   

The first Sparks Unit in Canada was registered in Stoney Creek, Ontario.   

"1989 Sparks (first for five year olds, and later six year olds as well) was launched. In the mid-seventies, there were test programs for younger girls - known as Busy Bees in Alberta, Squirrels in Prince Edward Island, and Moonbeams in Manitoba. They were successful but when the Brownie age was lowered to six in 1979, the need for another group lessened." Source 

This is the modern Sparks uniform.  All of the GGC youth uniforms look the same with the coloured trim signifying each branch. Pink for Sparks, brown for Brownies, blue for Guides, green for Pathfinders, and red for Rangers.

The Girl Guides Online Store has a t-shirt available to celebrate 30 years of Sparks.  It looks almost the same as the original Sparks uniform t-shirt {but the original did not have writing on the sleeves}. The shirt has the Sparks promise on the front.

Congratulations Sparks 
on turning the big 30 ! 

Here's to many more years 
of sharing and being a friend!

For a complete list of doodles go here

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Promise Bookmarks for Girl Guides of Canada

Hello friends! Someone posted a comment on here asking me if I had a Promise bookmark for Sparks. Well, I did have bookmarks from several years ago but could not find my files.  So, I made some new updated Promise bookmarks using the latest clip-art from Girl Guides of Canada. I made files for Sparks, Brownies, and Guides.  

Update:  26 Sept 2017. Now available 
Promise bookmarks for Pathfinders, Rangers, and Guiders

These are more durable if printed on cardstock and/or laminated
or glued to some type of cardboard such as cereal box or bristol board.

Punch a hole at the top for a tassel 
{made from yarn, ribbon, or embroidery floss etc}  

An option is to allow the girls to colour the words before laminating.

If you would like to request my pdf files please contact
me via email:  leeannfraser at hotmail dot com

I hope that you are all having a great start for the
new 2017-2018 Guiding year!

Lee Ann 

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Earthday Campfire Song Book

Hello Owl & Toadstool readers!  Here is an easy to assemble "Earthday" Campfire/Sing-a-long song book.  

I've been meaning to post about this song book for a few years but it seems that April 22nd always creeps up on day late is not too bad I suppose LOL. Hopefully, some of you will still be able to use this song book. I compiled the songs into a book about six years ago from various sources {on-line, from song books, from memory}.

The file is three pages long.  To assemble the book just fold each page in half lengthwise {with the printed side out of course} and then gather all three pages and staple the edge together three times. {I also trimmed the top and bottom of mine}.  Not shown here, but I added a cover page with a free sticker from on it {not sure if it is still available since I could not find it on the page}. Any sort of stickers or clipart such as animals or plants etc would work for the cover.

The "I'm a Nut" song has several verses.

I included just a portion of the 'Unicorn' song
by the Irish Rovers.  Loved this song as a kid!  

The Rainbow Song was another one of my favourite songs when I was a child. It is easy to use with sign language since the colours are easy to sign.  I've used American Sign Language with my Brownies and Guides for this song and they loved it.  There are several instructional YouTube videos on how to do this song in sign language.  There are several types of sign language in the world so it would be best to do a search for sign language in your particular country.

I find this "Rain Song" grabs the attention of the kids and forces them to focus on what they are doing.  It has such a neat effect!

This Campfire/ Sing-a-long has twelve songs and takes under 15 minutes.  It's quick, fun and a great ending to a busy meeting.  I have a group set of the books and have used them for several years. Occasionally, someone will ask to keep one so I usually let them if I know they will use it and not just discard it.

Go to the awesome TuneGuide site for audio files
of a great selection of Guiding Songs!

If you would like to request my pdf files please contact
me via email:  leeannfraser at hotmail dot com

Enjoy your day!
Lee Ann