There are a lot of things little girls need to do each day to remain healthy and to grow up in a healthy lifestyle. Teach young girls about healthy habits so they can stick with these habits throughout life . Earning the Healthy Habits Try-It may or may not be the first exposure to some of these habits, but it never hurts to reinforce what they may already know. If these ideas come from some one other than their parents, it also helps them to think about it more than just hearing it from mom and dad all the time.
This Try-It can be done as a troop activity or individually or some of both. I have always done Brownie Try-Its as a troop because it makes it easier for everyone to get a chance to do the activities. I will give you an idea of how to plan a program to earn the Healthy Habits Try-it. To earn Brownie Try-Its, each girl must complete 4 activities. I will outline 4 of the easiest and most effective activities to complete to earn this Try-It. There are several healthy habits girls should be learning such as exercise, cleanliness, and general hygiene. This plan focuses mostly on oral health care and there are other Try-Its to earn that focus on exercise, nutrition, and other good habits.
1. Before the snack time at a meeting, have the girls wash their hands. Hopefully, they do this before every snack time, but during this meeting, make it a special time to demonstrate proper hand washing. First explain what germs are and how often they should wash their hands to get rid of these germs.
– before eating
– before touching food
– before setting the table
– after going to the bathroom
– after coughing or sneezing
You can also explain that if it is not possible to wash hands at some of these times, if you are in class and cannot leave for example, they can use portable sanitizer until a sink is available.
There is a cute little song in the Brownie Try-It book they can learn or sing the ABC’s, or however you want to teach them the proper amount of time needed to wash the hands.
Show them properly how to apply the soap and lather all over the hands and in between the fingers. Make sure they know about drying their hands and to try not to touch the faucet afterward with clean hands. Explain that they used dirty hands to turn on the water so they should use a towel, if available, to turn off the water in order to not contaminate their hands again.
Help them keep up this habit before every snack time and each meeting.
2. Invite a dentist to the meeting to talk to the girls. Make sure everyone has questions for them about healthy brushing habits and check ups. This is a great way to get the girls to interact with someone responsible for health care. A lot of times, dentists have goody bags they can pass out as well that may contain toothbrushes, samples of toothpaste, and even coloring books about dental care.
3. To keep with the theme of oral care, you or even the dentist can discuss proper brushing techniques with the girls. How often to do it, how to do it, and even flossing are things they should know about. Create a teeth cleaning chart for each girl to fill out for one or two weeks to get the hang of proper oral care. The dentist may have something like this to fill out as well. After a couple of weeks, the girls should get in the hang of brushing regularly and even learning about flossing.
4. As a take home project at the end, or if there is extra time at the meeting, pass out a copy of the word search that is in the Brownie Try-It book or make your own. This word search is all about foods that contain calcium. Explain to them before they start what calcium is and what it does to our bones and teeth to make it so beneficial. By finding these words, enforce the need to eat more of these foods to keep their bones and teeth healthy and strong.
GSUSA, Try-Its for Brownie Girl Scouts, 2000.