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Thinking Day Ideas

Searching for this year's Thinking Day theme? Each year the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scounts (WAGGGS) announces the theme of this years Thinking Day event and they even release a booklet with information and activities. Check them out on their website to learn more.

The theme for 2019 is Leadership.

Five World Centers

Do you know about WAGGGS’s five World Centers? There’s the Pax Lodge in London, Sangam in India, Our Chalet in Switzerland, Our Cabana in Mexico and Kusafiri in Africa.

Fundraising Tips

Are you struggling to find ideas on a good fundraiser? Go to http://www.worldthinkingday.org/en/fundraising/ideas for WAGGGS’ suggestions and helpful tips.

Or check out Simply Styled Home for tips and tricks on how to sell more Girl Guide Cookies.

Sugar Cube Igloo

Lean how to make this neat Sugar Cube Igloo at http://crafting.squidoo.com/canada-day-igloo-craft.

Egg Box Dragon

Searching for a Chinese New Year craft that combines a dragon with recycling? Well look no further than this adorable Egg Box Dragon. You can find instructions on how to make your own Egg Box Dragon at http://nurturestore.co.uk/egg-box-dragon.


Looking for ways to teach your kids about Indian culture? Try this Diwali craft! Diawali, also know as the Festival of Lights, is the largest of all Indian celebrations. Learn more the Festival of Lights at http://kidworldcitizen.org/2011/10/30/diwali-the-festival-of-lights/

New Zealand Sheep and Australian Kola

Extend your hand around the globe to New Zealand or Australia to meet a fuzzy new friend. Got a younger group? Try the cotton ball sheep craft; these fluffy critters roam all over New Zealand’s rolling hills. Have an older crowed? Learn how to make an Australian kola mask.

African Drum

Follow along and learn how to make a simple African drum with these two girls. Go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEK2JEV2NtI to view their step by step video.

Culture Costume

Do you want your girls to be more engaged in this years Thinking Day? Try hosting a Thinking Day meeting night where every one has to dress as a girl from another culture.

Lotus Boat

Have you ever tried making a Thailand Lotus Boat? They’re very pretty to look at and fun to race down the river. Here’s a website link with instructions on how to make a Lotus Boat as a party decoration, but if you put a plastic plate on the bottom it will float just fine. http://partycraftsecrets.blogspot.ca/2011/09/mermaid-party-table-setting.html

Chinese Crafts

Looking for some Chinese themed crafts? Well go no further until you’ve checked out
Chinese Drums: http://greenkidcraftsblog.com/chinese-drum/
Chinese Characters: http://www.makingfriends.com/winter/valentine_chinese_cards.htm
Coffee Filter Fan: http://www.busybeekidscrafts.com/Coffee-Filter-Fan.html
Image: chinese_collage

Canadian Guiding Flower Swap

Share the Canadian Guiding Flower for this years Swap. Just go to http://www.snappyswaps.com/showthread.php?t=524 to find instructions on how to build this pretty craft.

Thiland Dyed Noodle Necklace

Do you have oodles of noodles and some spare time? Try making a Thiland dyed noodle necklace. For instructions go to http://bobbleheadbaby.com/?cat=29

Canadian Picture Frame

If you are planning on meeting a new friend on Thinking Day and want to make sure that you’ll be remembered give this Canadian Picture Frame craft a try.

Icelandic Coco Soup

Have you ever wondered what Icelandic’s drink to stay warm? Icelandic coco soup of course! Learn to make this tasty drink at http://www.food.com/recipe/icelandic-cocoa-soup-137355

Canadian Cultural Exchange Kit

Searching for a way to start a new partnership? Try making your own Canadian cultural exchange kit and share it with a friend in another country.

Fairy Bread

Bring a bit of Australia to your group with this delicious Australian birthday tradition: Fairy Bread! Check out the recipe at http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/9535/fancy+fairy+bread

Song Book Swap

Share your group’s favourite songs with this interesting swap idea. All you need is some construction paper, markers, scissors, a stapler, a safety pin, and your favourite songs.

Italian Creme Soda

Get a taste of Italy with this delicious homemade Italian cream soda. Just go to http://www.butterwithasideofbread.com/2012/11/homemade-italian-cream-sodas.html for the recipe.

Ireland Guiding

Want to learn what it’s like to be a Ladybird, Brownie, or a Guide in Ireland? Check out http://www.irishgirlguides.ie/index.php/world-thinking-day and scroll down to the bottom of the page for some neat ideas.

Russian Friendship Tea

ow do Russian’s make friends? Why, with Russian Friendship Tea of course! Learn how to make it at http://www.food.com/recipe/russian-friendship-tea-mix-16632

Around The World

Have you ever played Around the World in 80 Minutes? If you haven’t then you’re missing out. Where else can you be in Egypt, Germany, England, Africa, and so many other places all within 80 minutes? Check out this great Thinking Day game at http://goforwardwithfaith.blogspot.ca/2011/04/around-world-in-80-minutes.html

Hieroglypic Swap

Hop on over to The Frugal Crafter to discover how to make these neat hieroglyphic pendant swaps.

German Raspberry Dream Cookies

Try some delicious German Raspberry Dream Cookies as a Thinking Day snack idea for your Guiding group or as sweet cookie snack. Get the recipe at http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/raspberry-dreams

Sombrero Cookies

You don’t have to go to Mexico to enjoy these neat sombrero cookies. All you need is a box of sugar cookies, icing, sprinkles, and gumdrops.

Inukshk Carving

Looking for crafts to express your Canadian heritage? Try making an inukshuk carving out of a bar of soap.


Try a taste of Finland with this yummy looking summer vegetable soup also known as Kesäkeitto. You can find the recipe at http://www.food.com/recipe/finnish-summer-vegetable-soup-kes-keitto-136955

Bottle Craft

Has your group ever wanted to visit Australia’s Great Barrier Reef? Well if you can’t go there yourself, how about trying this ocean in a bottle craft? Just go to http://canada.michaels.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-MichaelsCanada-Site/default/Product-Show?pid=C_29427 and search “ocean in a bottle”

Canada Postage Stamp Swap

Share your Canadian heritage with this simple Canada Postage Stamp swap. Just cut out your backing in any shape you want, punch a hole in the top for the tassels, write “Canada”, paste on a postage stamp, and you’re ready to share your swap.

Lord Baden-Powell Swap

Here’s an easy swap your group can do to honour Lord Baden-Powell on his birthday.


Today we head to the Netherlands where kids play a game called Koekhappen. The goal is to eat the ontbijtkoek (dutch spice cake) off the string while blindfolded and without using your hands.
To learn more about Koekhappen, go to http://expatsincebirth.com/2013/04/29/traditional-dutch-games-for-children-sjoelbak-koekhappen-en-spijkerpoep/

Pear Mice

To make these cute little pear mice just halve a canned pear, cut almonds for ears, place a piece of black licorice for the nose and eyes, and red shoe string licorice for the whiskers and tail.

Chilly Songs

Searching for ideas that relate to Canada, Greenland, Russia or any other polar location? Try some chilly songs such as “I’m a Little Penguin” or “On Top of an Iceberg” by Kids Soup. Just go to http://www.kidssoup.com/Penguin/penguincrafts.html to learn the lyrics.

Native American Culture

On your travels around the world during Thinking Day, don’t forget about the Native American culture. Here’s a simple craft you can do with Popsicle sticks and your imagination. To learn how to make the craft just right to play the Stick Dice game go to https://www.nature-watch.com/images/Stick%20Dice%20Instructions.pdf.

Robin Hood Swap

Looking for a swap that’s right out of a book? Check out this cute Robin Hood bow, arrow, and quiver swap made by Swaps 4 Less.

Catch the Dragon's Tail

Become an ancient Chinese mythical creature when you play “Catch the Dragon’s Tail.” This outdoor chain game is great when you have a lot of kids since you can have many dragons running around at once. Just catch the tail to win! To learn more about this game go to http://chcp.org/virtual-museum-library/chinese-wedding-traditions/traditional-games/

Mi’kmaq Quill Box

Canada is a place of many cultures and traditions and the Mi’kmaqs of Nova Scotia are one of the oldest. Learn how to make a Mi’kmaq quill box craft at http://multiculturalkidblogs.com/2014/11/06/exploring-the-mikmaq-culture-with-a-quillwork-inspired-craft-native-american-heritage-month-blog-hop/

Indian Dosas

Packed full of your kids favourite vegetables, these creative and colourful Indian Dosas are sure to get your child excited for breakfast. You can find the recipe at http://www.padhuskitchen.com/2011/09/breakfast-ideas-for-kidsindian-kids.html

Firecracker Poop

America is known for many neat snacks, but have you ever heard of Firecracker Poop? These easy to make treats are all that’s left of firecrackers after they go off. Instructions on how to make them can be found at http://www.kandykreations.net/2011/06/firecracker-poop-printable.html

Dipped Rice Krispies

Searching for that last minute funding? How about hosting a bake sale? These Valentines treats are simple to make and the kids can have fun decorating them.


Go round and round with this old Dutch game called Spijkerpoep. Just tie a nail to a string and let it dangle off your waist and behind you. The goal is to get the nail into the bottle with only hip movements.

Yule Log Cake

France is a country known for it’s culture and history, but it’s also known for its delicious yule log cake. Click on over to Easy French Food to discover the recipe.

Elephant Toothpaste

In Africa adult male elephants can weigh from 4,700 to 6,048 kg and stand 3.2 to 4.0 meters tall. Can you imagine the size of the toothbrush zookeepers would need to use? You can make your own elephant toothpaste at home with just a soda pop bottle, warm water, yeast, hydrogen peroxide, dish soap, and some food colouring. Go to http://preschoolpowolpackets.blogspot.ca/2012/01/science-experiment-elephant-toothpaste.html to learn how.

Ice Inukshuk

Want a Thinking Day craft that encourages your kids to play outside? How about making a traditional Inukshuk out of ice? Just add food colouring to some water, freeze into different size blocks, and go out to play!

Maple Leaf Swap

Want a simple swap that really says, “I am Canadian”? Try gluing a penny to a felt maple leaf.

Australian Salad

This Australian salad is not only healthy, but it’s quite fun to make too. Check out the recipe at http://www.food.com/recipe/toadstool-salad-for-kids-188315

Bento Lunch

Head over to Japan where healthy lunches are prepared in bento boxes. To learn how to make this tasty treat or find more designs go to http://www.parenting.com/gallery/bento-lunch-boxes?page=3

Canada 150 Craft

Did you know that in 2017 Canada turned 150? Join the celebration by sharing a part of Canada’s history. Create your own Canada logo from 1967, when Canada turned 100 years old! Just cut triangles out of coloured construction paper and glue them to match the logo.

Switzerland Swap

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of Switzerland? For most children the answer will be Swiss cheese. Here’s a simple Switzerland swap that is easy to make.

Paper Potted Plant

Teach your group what plants need to grow with this neat construction paper potted plant by Smitten With First.

Inuksuk Party Treats

Still searching for ways to show off your Canadian side? Corrinna over at Glitter ‘N’ Spice has a great list of unique Canadian crafts and recipes for you to enjoy. Just go to http://glitternspice.com/canadian-crafts-and-recipes/# to read more.

Chinese Song

Teach your kids a song in another language by singing Head, Shoulders, Knees, Toes in Chinese. A video on how to pronounce the lyrics can be found on Mama Lisa’s Word of International Music & Culture. Just follow this link and scroll down to find the video: http://www.mamalisa.com/?t=es&p=2569 or browse through the website to explore songs from all around the world (http://www.mamalisa.com/).

What Are SWAPs?

Are you new to Thinking Day and are wondering what are these SWAPs that everyone is talking about? SWAPs can mean either “Share With A Pal” or, my favourite, “Special Whatchamacallist Affectionately Pinned Somewhere.” The purpose of SWAPs is to introduce one Scout or Guide to another by trading their crafted whatchamacallits with each other. This trade usually strikes up a conversation which can lead to friendship. Learn more about the origin of SWAPs at http://www.angelfire.com/ny5/gsgvtroop40/swaps_origin.html

Learn About Greek Mythology

Interested in learning about Greek mythology? Look no further than E-Patches & Crests own Discovering Mythology challenge kit. Read the tale of Zeus, Odysseus, or the Trojan Horse in this 35 page PDF filled with teachings, crafts, games, puzzles, and more.

Canadian Shortbread

Searching for that last minute funding? How about hosting a bake sale? These almond shortbread sandwiches with strawberry preserves are very tasty and great for showing off your Canadian pride.

King Arthur Quest

Take a trip back to the medieval ages and learn how people lived, what games they played, and, of course, how to become a knight in this 45 page King Arthur Quest weekend camp.

Around The World Song

Do you know the song “Around the World” by Patricia Morrison? This song, sung to Skidamarink, is perfect to sing on Thinking Day. Remind everyone that even with oceans or borders dividing the nations we are all part of the same world.

Tick Tick Tick Rhyme

Searching for a rhyme that helps little children understand the different sounds around the world? Try teaching them the 'Tick Tick Tick' nursery rhyme from India. You could even recite the rhyme in Hindi if you wanted to teach an older audience. Visit http://www.mamalisa.com/?t=es&p=641 to learn more.

Explore The World

Want to explore the world while staying in the gym? Have your group sit in individual “airplanes” (cardboard boxes) and give them a prop from a location around the world. Invite a child to board their plane and say “Good morning, I will be your pilot today. We are going to discover…(example: France! Or wherever their prop came from). The child then goes on to give a short description on what the rest of the passengers see on their trip. Move onto the next player and repeat.

Got a lot of kids wanting to play? Split into groups and together they must create a story about what the other passengers see on their trip. The more props the better.

Paper Bag Beaver

Want a simple craft that really says, “I am Canadian”? Try making this adorable paper bag beaver from http://www.todaysparent.com/family/activities/9-awesome-canada-day-crafts-for-kids/

Fire On The Mountain

Fire on the mountain, run, run, run! This Nigerian circle game is perfect for helping children learn how to cooperate with each other. Get your group together and watch them scamper and run as they try not to let the “Fire on the Mountain” get them. For instructions on how to play, go to http://www.informationng.com/2016/03/9-childhood-games-anyone-who-grew-up-in-nigeria-can-never-forget.html

Canadian Beaver Swap

Start Thinking Day off right with a Canadian swap idea. These cute beavers are simple to make and great for sharing with friends. Three days down and 18 more to come.

Thinking Day Activity Booklet

Head over to our friends at Scouting Web to find a great activity booklet filled with World Thinking Day Activities. Games such as A Day in the Life, Dreams for the World, Global Beats, and more!
Web Link: http://www.scoutingweb.com/scoutingweb/Documents/WTDActivities.pdf

Itallian Pizzas

Wander over to Italy and create your very own pizzas! This brilliant activity idea doubles as a craft; all you have to do is gather some left over pizza boxes, hunt down some markers and left over craft supplies and create your masterpieces.

Thinking Day Owl

An owl has arrived, and just in time too! Our Thinking Day owl represents three of the past themes of World Thinking Day: Connect, Grow, and Impact. Get yours today in our owl category.

Tastes From Around The World

Ready to sample what the world has to offer? With this neat idea you can sample tastes from all around the world. https://sprinklesomefun.com/2014/08/tastes-around-the-world-party.html


Pauline Woodhouse

Pauline's history with Guiding is unique because she has never been a part of any Sparks, Brownie, Guides, Pathfinder, or Ranger group. Instead she was one of the first girls in her home town to join Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, and become a Kim (an assistant leader for Cubs). Since her time as Kim, Pauline has earned her Applied Bachelors of Communications in Professional Writing and now works as a writer for E-Patches & Crests. As a third generation Scouter, Pauline is proud to pass on her Scouting information to an international audience.

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Updated Feb 18, 2019