Tracie has been in scouting for over 10 years. Scouting values are important to her and her family, and she enjoys being with her children.
What Are Daisy Petals?
Daisy girl scouts are the youngest members of the Girl Scout family. They begin their adventure when they are in kindergarten and first grade.They are called "Daisy" after the nickname given to Juliet Gordon Low who is the founder of Girl Scouts.
During troop meetings and events, they learn the Girl Scout Promise and Law through age appropriate activities. As they learn each of the ten values of the law, they earn a petal to wear on their uniform.
Troop meetings should provide the girls with a variety of activities to help them understand and practice the value that is being learned. Previously earned values can and should be reinforced in later meetings. However, troop meetings should first and foremost be fun! Appeal to the interests of the girls and keep things moving.
This is a compilation of ideas for you to use with your troop as they work on their Honest and Fair petal. Enjoy!
10 Stories That Teach Honesty and Fairness to Girl Scouts
- "Lupe's Story:" Girl Scouts has a flower friends story for each petal, available in the Daisy Girl's Guide to Scouting. Lupe the Lupine helps them understand why being honest and fair is important to friendship.
- Jamaica's Find by Juanita Havill: A story about a young girl who sometimes finds it hard to do the right thing.
- A Big Fat Enormous Lie by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat: Who knew a little lie could get so out of hand?
- Fair and Squaresville: A Story About Playing Fair: A VeggieTale story that brings home the lesson about being fair and not cheating.
- Play Fair, Little Bear by Kathleen Allan-Meyer: Little Bear tries to use a shortcut, rather than follow the rules.
- "The Boy Who Cried Wolf:" A classic story that demonstrates the importance of honesty.
- It's My Turn by David Bedford: Two friends learn how to play fairly on the playground.
- It's Not Fair by Carl Sommer: Busy bees learn that when everyone works together it makes everyone happier.
- "The Emperor's New Clothes:" A great story about being honest to others and being honest with yourself.
- "Pinocchio:" The little wooden puppet must learn a lesson in honesty if he wants to be a real boy.
Excerpt From The Journal of Pediatric Health Care
Books provide a safe medium for children to explore different concepts, feelings, and attitudes while allowing them to better understand their environment, community and societal expectations.
— "Children's Books for Use in Bibliotherapy" by Anna Tielsch Goddard, MSN, RN, CPNP_PC (2011)
Songs About Being Honest and Fair
- "Tell the Truth" by Princess Katie and Racer Steve
- "Honest Kid" by Princess Katie and Racer Steve
- "Fair is Fair" by Sesame Street
Tell the Truth by Eric Clapton
Girl Scout Game Ideas That Teach Honesty and Fairness
- Board Games: Allow the girls to play a game, but tell them there are no rules. They can play any way they want to play. Stop the game before they get too frustrated and have them talk about their experience. Was it fun playing without rules? Was it fair that the rules kept changing?
- Truth/Lie Game: Put up a picture of a happy face on one wall and a sad face on another wall (these can be drawn on paper or paper plates). Say either a truth or a lie (e.g. bananas are purple). The girls run to the happy face if you tell the truth and run to the sad face if you tell a lie. Once the girls understand the game, they can take turns being the person who tells the truth or lie.
- Role-Play: On index cards, write down games that the girls might play on the playground (tag, jump rope, hopscotch, swings, etc.). Have the girls talk about what the rules should be for the game. Pretend a new friend wants to play with them. Act out how to be fair with the new friend.
- Fairness Snack: Give each girl a clear cup and have them write their name on it. Tell them that no one can start their snack until everyone is ready. Give the first girl 5 kisses (or other small treat). Count them out loud for each girl. Give the next girl 2 kisses. Give the next girl 4 kisses. Continue giving each girl a different amount. When the girls start complaining that "this isn't fair," let them figure out how to solve the problem. For example, they can divide the candy equally or use the remaining candy to give each girl five.
- Remember the Lie: Hold up a picture of an object and make up a lie about it. For example, you can hold up a picture of a boat and say, "This is a sock." Pass it to the next person. They have to repeat what you said and add a new lie. For example: "This is a sock and it flies." Continue until someone accidentally tells the truth or forgets a lie. Play the game again — this time telling the truth. Which is easier to remember?
- Honest and Fair Hunt: Hide plastic eggs, candies, or other small items. Hide enough so that each girl can find five items. Once they have found their five, they should help their friends find five items. The game continues until everyone has found five things.
Craft Ideas for Daisy Girl Scouts
These are a great activity when the girls are first coming to the meeting. It helps them transition into the meeting and become more focused on Girl Scouts. Below are some coloring sheets.
- Honest and Fair by makingfriends.com
- Light Blue Petal by makingfriends.com
- Honest and Fair Law by makingfriends.com
- Lupe the Lupine by girlscout.org
When completing crafts, encourage the girls to practice being fair by not having a box of crayons for each girl. They can then use their words to ask for the color they want and practice sharing. You can also use other craft supplies like scissors, glue, etc.
Read More From Wehavekids
Lupe the Lupine Print:
- You will need paper, crayons, potatoes cut in half, and ink pads (preferably in blue).
- The girls will use the potato to make a print on the top of the paper. This will be Lupe's head.
- Below the potato print, they draw a line to the bottom of the page. This will be Lupe's stem.
- They will put their fingers in the ink pad and then make fingerprints along both sides of the stem. These are the small flowers/petals.
- With crayons, add facial features to the head. Write the words HONEST and FAIR on the side of the paper, along with the girl's name.
Paper Bag Puppets:
- Create a puppet that goes with the story you have read (wolf, Pinocchio, emperor, etc.)
- Color a picture of the character, cut it out, and glue it to a brown paper bag.
Here are some sites for the puppet characters:
Listen to a Guest Speaker or Take a Trip
Invite Someone to Talk About Honesty and Fairness
- Lawyer or a judge
- Police officer
- Coach or an athlete
- Newspaper reporter
- Priest or minister
Field Trips Can Provide Great Experiences for Learning Values
- Police station
- Sporting event
- Pizza parlor (Remember to be fair when sharing the pie.)
Honest and Fair: The Light Blue Petal
If you google the phrase "teaching honesty," you will get over 18 million hits. The importance of being honest is valued in our society even though we are witnesses to so much dishonesty. Our children hear the story of George Washington chopping down the cherry tree and Honest Abe returning the penny but then overhear accusations of our political leaders lying about...well...everything. Our children need to learn to be honest with others and with themselves. That's not an easy task.
Teaching children fairness is not any easier. People will often cry out, "That's not fair," when things don't go the way they want them to. It is important to teach our children why they should know the rules and follow them. It is also important to teach them ways to change those rules if they need to and how to do so in a way that is "fair" to everyone involved. For example, if the normal rule of a game is to go in alphabetical order, but Susan has to leave early, the girls can decide to let Susan go first. If everyone agrees, then they will see the change as being fair.
The Skills and Values They Should Develop
At the Daisy level, the girls should have experiences that help them do the following:
- Identify a truth from a lie (e.g. Bananas are purple.)
- Discuss why honesty is a good value
- Problem solve what they should do if they ever do tell a lie
- Discuss what it means to be fair
- Problem solve what they can do if they see someone being treated unfairly
- Discuss ways to be honest and fair to themselves
- The girls should not be used as examples of honesty or dishonesty, fairness or unfairness.
- Instead, use examples from stories, movies, and television to illustrate these traits. "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" can be used to illustrate honesty, while the story of Cinderella can be used to illustrate fairness.
- Letting the girls brainstorm other examples will help them refine their understanding of these values.
- Playing games and role-playing situations will further help them in developing ways to communicate their understanding.
How Honest Are You?
Share Your Ideas
While this list is a good starting point, it is by no means exhaustive. There are a lot of resources and ideas out there that can help girls learn the values of honesty and fairness. Please share your ideas so we can all learn together.
Another Great Resource
Teaching Tolerance: A website that has lesson ideas for teaching fairness across multiple grade levels. Check the link for "Early Grades" for an idea on how to get the girls talking about fairness.
melissamosteller on January 21, 2020:
First time leader of a Daisy troop and I loved this and found it very helpful.
Leanna Wally on October 17, 2017:
This was super helpful to me! I am the oldest senior in our troop and am leading the Daisy's. Recently I have been having trouble trying to get them to be more into what we are doing. Your tips were very informative and helpful. Thank you
Tracie Bruno (author) from Delaware on April 01, 2014:
Thank you. I appreciate your feedback.
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 01, 2014:
Nice job on this one. Informative and pleasing to the eye. This is the type of article that does well on HubPages.