Craft & Activity Ideas For Animal Habitats Junior Girl Scout Badge
We recently held a Animal Habitats Junior Badge Workshop in Chantilly, Virginia. The girls enjoyed a fun ‘No School’ day crafting, learning about animals, and also machine sewing! See below for some ideas and inspiration for working towards this badge.
IDEAS FOR WORKING ON STEP 1 AND STEP 2 REQUIREMENTS:
- For step 1 I had the girls talk about what animal are native to our area. Living in Northern Virginia we chose 3 popular animals that live around us: deer, skunk, and squirrel. I usually like to have the girls sit in a nice circle on the ground while we talk…I find it more engaging for them. I had a list of some fun facts about each of these animals. But I also had them tell me things they knew about the animals as well as tell me their favorite stories surrounding these animals. They had quite a few interesting stories! (I even told them my amazing baby deer rescue story I found and rescued in the woods behind my house…they loved the photos of the baby deer!) We discussed what these animals eat, where they live etc.
- Helpful animal facts for kids website CLICK HERE!
- Make an animal collage and incorporate your local wild animals in it! I had printed tons of animal photos from the internet. The girls had fun making collages, titling their work and decorating with animal stickers. Some even drew pictures.
- Craft a mini animal house/habitat! We spent a good amount of time crafting an adorable animal house. We gave the girls recycled cardboard boxes and assorted craft supplies. They used their imagination and came up with awesome little habitats. Crayola Model Magic is also great to use for the animals as they can shape and create (and color the clay!) to a desired animal. Use string, boxes, pom poms, pipe cleaners, clay, animal print fabric scraps and paper scraps!
EXTRA IDEAS/YOU CAN TIE THESE INTO THE OTHER REQUIREMENTS LIKE STEP 5 ANIMAL COSTUMES:
- Sew animal inspired accessories and stuffed animals! We taught the girls machine sewing and created cute owl stuffed animals, animal print skirts and animal print scarves. If you don’t know how to sew you can always do a no-sew fleece animal print scarf. Make a pattern using cardboard and then have the girls trace and cut the fabric. On the ends fringe, then knot!
P.S. Hey! Looking for some more fun ideas and activities to do with your troop? We have some really neat patch kit programs for scouts available on our website right HERE! Check it out!