Programme Hints - Brownies help at home - Ironing Clothes

Activity: Ironing Clothes


Brownie Section

Time needed

60 minutes

Learning Goal

To teach members the basic skills of ironing clothes and make them develop a habit of cleaning up the clothes by themselves. A tidy uniform can also increase their sense of belonging to Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.


Leaders can prepare some clothes for members to practice the method of ironing clothes.  Be careful when using the iron. Avoid touching the hot metal surface because it may cause burns. To reduce the dangers, leaders can use wet towels and hair dryers to replace irons.



Members search at home for some rumpled clothes and iron the clothes according to following methods. Leaders decide who do the best.



1. Start with sleeves

2. Iron the shirt

3. Lay the shirt flat

4. Do the collar of the shirt



1. Spray some water on the pants

2. Iron the pocket. Line up the seams of the leg to match

3. Put a towel under the pants. Iron the pants



1. Iron the clothes in one direction to avoid damaging the fabric

2. Do not iron clothes that are not dried completely to avoid shrinking of clothes

3. It is easier to iron cotton clothes if spraying water on them

4. Use a steam generator iron to iron clothes made of wool

5. Use clothespins to fix the crease positions to make its easier to iron

6. Use lower temperature to iron clothes made of man-made fibers


Fold a shirt

1. Lay the shirt face-down and smooth it out.

2. Fold the right side towards the center.

3. Fold the sleeve down and align it with the edge.

4. Repeat on the left side.

5. Fold the bottom up by a few inches.

6. Fold the bottom again, up to the collar.

7. Turn the shirt over.


Which elements of the method are used, and how?

☑ Learning in small groups - Members learn the skills of ironing and folding clothes. They remind each other when they make mistakes.


☑ My path, my pace – Members learn to complete some different tasks of housework. They develop interest in doing housework.


☑ Learning by doing – Members try to reduce the burden on their families by doing some housework themselves.

How does the method give youth members a chance to take the lead?

Members can take care of their own without the help of others. They are trained to be an independent person.

How can you connect this activity to the values of Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting?

Members discuss their responsibilities as a member of family. They take care of themselves and learn to take care of their families. This can achieve by doing housework at home.

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Last Update Date: 2017-09-04