Programme Hints - Brownies make things - Puppet Making and Rope Painting

Activity: Puppet Making and Rope Painting


Brownie Section

Time needed

90 minutes

Learning Goal

Members learn to turn old and unused things into useful daily necessities or decoration in a creative way.



Puppet Making


  1. Find an old, clean sock. 


  1. Sew the eyes into the bottom of the sock/ at the toe end. Fill in the sock with cotton and seal up the opening.  


  1. Cut some cloth from an old T-shirt and make arms and hair for the puppet.


  1. Members can add any decoration if they want, like bow ties, hair ribbons


Rope Painting

  1. Draw a picture.


  1. Bend the rope into the shape and size needed.  


  1. Glue the rope on the cardboard.


  1. Members can dye the rope into different colors, making the picture more colorful.


*If members do not know sewing skills, they can use glue (e.g. using hot melt glue) instead. Leaders can provide assistance as well.

Which elements of the method are used, and how?

☑ Learning in small groups – Members collect materials at home for recycling, such as worn clothes, rope etc. They can enrich the resources and share them together.


☑ My path, my pace – Members can make use of different materials and methods in a creative way.


☑ Learning by doing – Members learn to reuse and recycle the resources to make things in an inexpensive way. It is also environmentally friendly.


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

Members learn to find out the value of the unused items and convert them into useful resources. A leader should also be observant and has lots of ideas.


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

Members discuss the ways of reuse and recycle the waste. They learn to reduce waste and fight against pollutions. The activity develops members’ creativity. They increase their self-confidence and self-value.


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Last Update Date: 2017-09-04