First of all, I want to say that, while the Journey books have been fairly controversial, I really enjoyed the way 3 Cheers was set up. Our girls really enjoyed listening to the stories; the activity pages in the book worked really well for us as premeeting activities that we could then share in our Circle; and we used a lot of the session activity suggestions during our meetings. That said, I do have a few quibbles: The number of charts the leader's guide suggested we make was crazy! After the first one, the girls were quick to say "BORING!" anytime I tried to set up a new one. Some of the questions posed for the girls didn't really resonate. And some activities just didn't work with my troop. If I have time at the end of the summer, I might go through in detail what worked and what didn't for us.
For now, I just want to share my love for Pinterest and some of the amazing ideas I found there that I wish I had seen when I was planning my meetings!
For example, the first story in the Journey book is about the Daisy Flower Garden, a cat, and a butterfly. After you read the story, it might be fun to incorporate one or more of these crafts into your meeting:
- These butterfly coloring pages and color-by-number pages would work really well for something the girls can do as they come in
- These flowers made from cupcake liners and popsicle sticks would be as easy or as complex as you choose, depending on how many materials you use. You can also paint them, like they did here
- I love this free printable Daisy flower bookmark. If you're introducing the Journey books, this is a wonderful gift to give the girls to get them excited about keeping their places!
- I really love collaborative projects! If your girls are just getting to know each other, this fingerprint flower garden is a great idea. Each girl could start her garden with her fingerprint, then go around to each other's papers and add a flower.
- These straw-printed dandelions are a quick and easy art project
- This bottle-printed flower garden looks like an amazing collaborative garden. Each girl could add a different-colored flower
- These hand-print flowers are adorable
- Use cookie cutters to make flower stamps
- Make these fun butterfly snacks ... then eat them!
- A butterfly made from a spoon and paper plate. (The pin links back to a Greek site, but you should be able to get the idea of how to make it from the picture.)
- These plantable greeting cards would be fun if you're starting your Journey in the spring or early fall
- Making flowers from recycled water bottles would be a great way to also incorporate the "Using Resources Wisely" petal
- This cute flower egg-carton centerpiece would be great to use at your investiture ceremony. Each girl could create her own, or you could put the girls in small groups to collaborate. This one seems especially good if you have lots of Kindergarten-age girls in your troop
- Another petal you could work in is the "Responsible for What I Say and Do" petal. Have the girls make these handprint flower totes, which they'll use to carry their Journey books back and forth to meetings
- A collaborative troop flower garden centerpiece made from bamboo skewers and green pipe cleaners can be used at the investiture ceremony and again at bridging! (You could also use it as a substitute for name tags. Each box might have six girls, and you could rearrange the names in each box for each meeting. This way, the girls can choose where to sit at a designated table!)
- You can make cat masks with the girls
- These math daisies are a great way to add STEM subjects to your meeting
- This simple giant sunflower craft uses paper bags, black rice, and paint
- Make flowers from paint chips
- Use construction paper to make a big collaborative flower mural
- If you're introducing the Journeys, make these paint-chip bookmarks so the girls can keep their places in their Journey books