Thursday, April 30, 2015

Celebrating Sangam!

For the final trip to a World Centre we visited Sangam. I wanted to celebrate the Festival of Colour, Holi, but I couldn't figure out a way to fully celebrate the festival like in the video below so I did a bit of research and found an alternative to a kind of art called Rangoli that uses coloured salt on the ground to make beautiful pictures. 

An example of Rangoli. Source

To make the coloured salt I used salt, a little bit of vinegar, and food colouring. It was very easy to make and I liked figuring out which colours to create. 

I found some designs on the Internet for the girls to use as templates and printed them off onto cardstock so they could do their art right on the paper. 

All you need is a little bit of white glue and some patience to create some of these designs. 

 Here are a few of the works in progress and some finished pieces of Rangoli that the Guides created. I was very impressed! 

 I was very pleased with how mine turned out. :) 

So this craft was a bit of a mess but I think the final remains on the table were kind of beautiful. 

The craft was very time consuming and it took most of the meeting but we also talked about India and Indian culture and learned a bit about Sangam too. 

I am really happy with how our tours through the World Centres this year. I think the girls learned a lot and had a lot of fun too! 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Make it Mondays: Snakes and Ladders Tarp Game

At the Camping Advisers Workshop this weekend one of the activities was Tarp Games where we made a Snakes and Ladders game out of a tarp and duct tape. I love fancy duct tape so this was a great activity for me! 

First took some measuring and taping to make the squares on the game board. I would HIGHLY recommend doing this with a partner because it will be a lot easier to manipulate that much tape!

After the squares are down the fun part happened, adding the actual snakes and ladders out of duct tape! You also have to add the numbers with a permanent marker in this step. Make sure you number them in the right order and don't make a mistake like I did! Oops!

The dice supplies were some duct tape, coloured dot labels, and foam board. Thank you to the person who cut all of the tape and foam board ahead of time it made it a lot easier to make sure everything was even!

The dice were VERY frustrating to make but I am pleased with how it turned out. Fun fact- to make a proper dice the opposites sides should add up to 7! 

Here is the completed project with the snakes and ladders on the tarp and the dice ready to go for a game!

Is this an idea you would use? I think it would be a good game to have at camp and if nothing else it is a tarp!