So I’ve done lots for the kids but it’s a holiday for us as well so I decided to make Clair a challenge just for her. I started with an Altoids tin and made a label for the top (with the help of the Keep Calm-o-matic).
Next I filled it with a range of things.
- googly eyes
- photo challenge zine
- Freddo bar (chocolate)
- Scotch tape pop-up tape refill
- Hair bands
- Mini Sharpie
- Lip Balm
- Mini frog
- Magnetic letter d (or p)
- Where’s Wally?
The mini moustaches were attached to matchsticks (you can get lots of printable photo props online). Wally came from a gift tag and I glued it to a matchstick as well.
The main thing is the photo challenge. 3 days and 30 photos to take. Only two rules – a photo for each challenge and they should be taken between us meeting up and us returning to our own homes.
It was done as a mini-zine and you can get a how-to and template over on Tangled Crafts.
So what does she earn for achieving this challenge? Why a unique badge hand-crafted by yours truly.
Having all got to the airport it’s time for our first challenge badge – Sweetastic. The badge was created by DEVA Senior Section and basically it’s a bunch of sweet related challenges. I used it on my last London trip with a bunch of Guiders when we went by train and it worked really well.
This time the challenge will be done on the plane and each girl gets a booklet of challenges and a bag of goodies. (The bag label is from Chica and Jo.)
The idea being that at least some of these goodies are use in the challenges. SO the girls are challenged to:
- Design their own Jelly Baby – including name, colour, flavour and characteristics.
- Make themselves some Candy Bling using the elastic and sweetie beads.
- Design their own chocolate bar – including name and contents.
- Make a candy aeroplane (as inspired by Disney Family Fun) using the rubber bands, polos, refreshers and chomp.
- Play tic-tac-toe with the lime and orange tic-tacs.
I’m off to London soon with two small children – one is my God-daughter (the Rainbow) and other is her sister (the Brownie). Luckily for me their mum (aka Clair) will also be there and as we are all members of Girlguiding what could be better than some London Badge Challenges. So epic are the challenges that I’m going to have to do the challenges over a series of posts despite the fact we are only there for three days!
So first up Travelling.
The first treat is a snap bracelet each with a contact mobile number for mum on them (these were bought from Baker Ross and decorated with a fabric pen) and a union jack hairclip (from a supermarket though I’ve forgotten which one).
We are flying down, so I wanted to pack things we could do to fill the time waiting around. I’ve got a pack of Olympic Top Trumps, mini notebook and pen, a Littlest Pet Shop toy each (on sale so about 50p each) and a pencil case each with crayola twist up HB and colouring pencils, rubber and pritt stick. Each girl will also get an A5 folder with activities. The idea is that they will carry these items in their bags.
I decided to make the girls an A5 pocket book folder of distractions but also turn it into a journal of their trip. The folders I got have a pocket on the front so I added a title page with their name and the trip dates on it – I did the letters in an outline so they can colour them in. The image of the skyline I pulled off scurri.com (I did look but I can’t see an original source). I’ve then collected a bunch of stuff – mainly from various websites to fill the books;
1. Guy Fox – London Children’s Map (bought from Amazon)
2. A map of the UK with London highlighted so we can mark off where we travelled from (from Activity Village)
Plus a I-Spy for the airport from Kidstravel2
3. Two pages from ‘I’m going on Holiday‘ I found in a doodle pack on trunki.co.uk the first records the journey and the second is ‘holiday masterpieces’ where they doodle the highlights of the trip.
4. Three of the journal pages from trunki.co.uk which we can fill in at the end of each day.
5. Printable pictures to colour-in –
From Activity Village – A London Bus, Big Ben and the London Eye. Plus their Jubilee Colour-in of the Queen.
From i-Child Westminster Abbey
The WAGGGS flag via leaderlobby.net
The London 2012 Olympic mascots via Dutch site kids.flevoland.to
Kylie dress up doll from the V&A Museum
6. A model bus From the London Transport Museum
7. Paddington Bear colour-in and maze from the official Paddington Bear website.
8. Horrible Histories – brain buster form the CBBC site and a couple from the Horrible Histories website (I opted for Spot the difference on Shakespeare and Where’s the Rat?)
9. Muppet Theatre from Disney Family (nothing to do with London but we all love the Muppets). I made it all up in advance (I opted to make the theatre without the floor) and stuck the characters onto lolly sticks rather than as stand ups.
10. A London Eye info/activity page from the DK book ‘Cool Stuff Exploded‘ via the London Eye website.
11. A set of the Olympic mascot stickers (I got them in Tesco for about a £1).
I had to make them all A5 size (I did that by just adjusting my printer so they printed in A5) and cut out anything that needed cutting out (no scissors allowed on planes people). Anyway, at any point they have something they can be doing – so no excuses for being bored.