Halloween Games and Ideas for Daisy Girl Scouts

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Fall presents an ideal time for Daisy Girl Scout leaders to engage inquisitive 5- and 6-year-old girls in activities that stimulate their natural curiosity and work to develop independence. Try fall and other Halloween games and ideas for Daisy Girl Scout at their meetings, on field trip outings and at times when they are together.

1 Games Before the Meeting

Girls this age are growing more independent, so set up one or two activities where they can play while you are greeting newcomers. Let girls decorate a pumpkin-face name tag using bits of ribbon, paper, eyes, pipe cleaners and other scraps to wear during the meeting. Place extra pumpkin faces on a Halloween door or wall poster. Ghosts, witches and spiders offer additional choices.

2 Halloween Tic-Tac-Toe

This age group enjoys working in pairs and small groups. They are learning to cooperate and make decisions. Divide girls into two groups. Draw a tic-tac-toe diagram on a poster and use a spider, ghost or pumpkin instead of "X" and "O" to mark a space. Prepare a list ahead of time of true-or-false questions about Halloween. Take turns asking each team questions, but team members must come up with one "final answer" to earn a space. This game helps them learn to compromise and make decisions.

3 Daisy Petal Fashion Show

Daisy Scouts earn daisy petals to represent skills they have gained. At Halloween, have them, in similar fashion, earn various pieces of a Halloween costume they design from objects they collect. Fill grocery bags ahead of time with old T-shirts, belts, fabric remnants, feather boas, gaudy necklaces, hats, scarves, lace curtain sheers and any items they might transform into a Halloween costume. Have students win items from the various bags by completing a task, showing off a skill or answering a question. For example, every girl who does an acceptable pirouette wins a costume piece from grocery bag A. Continue until the girls have enough items to create their individual costumes. End the game by having an impromptu fashion show to show off their Halloween costumes.

4 Service Project Game

Turn the idea behind trick-or-treating into a service project so the girls learn to help give to others. Instead of trick-or-treating for sugary sweets, instruct the girls to collect a non-perishable food item, toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo or similar item to turn into a Halloween gift basket for a community charity. Arrange all donations on the floor so girls have space to walk around and observe the scattered items. Let them take turns playing "I Spy" and having other girls guess what item they spy. As girls guess correctly, retrieve the item and place it in a basket or box they have decorated with a Halloween theme.

Carrie Keathley served as a high school English teacher for more than 30 years. She now writes for various websites. Keathly earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Wesleyan College, a Master of Arts in English education from East Carolina University and is certified in teaching the academically gifted.