.Let’s get started and jump right in to make your own game pieces with clay. Playing games is a great for so many reasons. Having your own custom made playing pieces makes it even better. I am not only going to (hopefully) inspire you to make your own game pieces with clay but also share some ways to use them to create fun and connection.
These are great for Girl Scouts for so many reasons. First of all, most of them love to MAKE THINGS. When you put out the clay, be sure to give these directions to your kids before you make your own game pieces with clay!
- Make twelve game pieces.
- All pieces must be the same.
- The pieces should be no more than 1 inch in diameter. (Show them a quarter)
- The pieces should all sit flat.
- Your pieces must be completely different from any other girl in the troop.
- Share the clay.
- Have fun.
Have them place their pieces on a baking tray for the cooking part.
Follow the directions on the packaging for the baking tp Make Your Own Game Pieces with Clay
They will do the rest. Check out some of the ones made by Cadettes (ages 11-12).
Each girl also made a bag to carry their own pieces. They hand stamped them with a stamp from Expressionery too which makes them extra special.
Zoe (being the leader daughter) made two sets! These emoticons are absolutely darling and so trendy in this age group.
Okay now, games. The easiest is Tic-Tac-Toe. You can make a board in the dirt (or draw one on the canvas bag).
With twelve pieces, you can also play checkers. Here is a PDF that you can download. To laminate it and make it camping ready, cover both sides in packing tape!
You can also use the pieces for building self esteem.
- Each girl puts one of her pieces in a container.
- Once the container has a piece from everyone, sit in a circle.
- Start with a girl pulling one out and saying something kind about whoever made it.
- Go all the way around the circle.
- If a girl pulls out her own, BONUS. She gets to compliment herself.
You can use the pieces to create “buddies”. Put them in the container and draw two at a time. Those two girls are “buddies”
The girls will probably want to hide them around the tent or cabin and take turns finding them. Just know that they MIGHT get lost.
At then end of camp, trade the pieces so each girl goes home with one from all of the others. They create a little clay collection that reminds them of their friends. If you have more than twelve girls, you will have to have made extra pieces.
Clothespin trivets are a great idea! These creations from Angie are perfect for creating a flat surface on the wooded grounds of camping for hot cocoa (or coffee!!!)
Craft Lightning is filled with so many great ideas! Here are some more awesome ones from fellow bloggers. These painted rocks from My Craftily Ever After are super fun.
Brooklyn Berry Designs is sharing some rainy day crafts that would be fun for your younger scouts (Daisies and Brownies).
Cheers to Girl Scouts,