Thinking Day Ideas 2022

Updated Mar 22, 2022

Our World, Our Future

Searching for this year's Thinking Day theme? Each year the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) announces the theme of this year's Thinking Day event, and they even release a booklet with information and activities.

The theme for 2022 is Our World, Our Future, and the activity booklet can be found on the WAGGGS website.

You can find our 2022 Thinking Day crest along with our collection of Thinking Day-themed products in our Thinking Day category.

How You Can Help Save The Environment And Our Future

Making little life changes can make a big difference, and it’s easier to do than you might think. Check out these 10 ways that you can help save the environment and ensure that our world has a future.

  1. Walk, ride a bike, take public transportation or carpool.
  2. Turn off your lights.
  3. Plant a tree, shrub, or flower.
  4. Grow your own produce.
  5. Make the change to reusable products.
  6. Wash your clothes in cold water instead of warm.
  7. Conserve water whenever you can.
  8. Unplug devices and appliances when they are not in use.
  9. Upgrade your home to energy-efficient products.
  10. Go paperless.

Pebble Art Craft

This simple craft is excellent for large groups, outdoor meetings, and even while at camp. Just go outside, collect some rocks of various sizes, and then arrange them into a pattern of your choice. Create swirls, zigzags, lines, towers and more! Push your creativity to the max.

Recycling Race

Some kids learn by listening, but others learn by doing, so why not teach recycling lessons by making it a game? Start it off simple by lining up bins for various materials and get the kids to race to see if they can put material into the correct containers before the time is up. Once they have mastered sorting, move on to cleaning up a park, school grounds, or home. Make sure to wear gloves for safety!

Guess What I Got

Materials:

  • A large bag
  • Various woodland objects such as a twig, pinecone, feather, rock, etc.

Instructions:

Show your group the items you have collected, and then put them in the large bag. Have one person grab an object without removing it from the bag and describe it to the others. How does it feel? Is it soft? Hard? Smooth? The rest of the group has to guess what the hidden item is, and the person who guesses correctly gets to grab the next item.

Eco-Friendly Pancakes

An excellent way to cut down on food waste and save money is to use over-ripened food in your recipes. Over-ripened fruit can be used in jams, breads, crumbles or cobblers, frozen for fruit smoothies, slow-cooked for sundaes, made into stews or soups, pickled, and more. For this recipe, we’re going to show you how to use over-ripe bananas to make eco-friendly pancakes that are both delicious and healthy.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup sunflower oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg yolk (separate from white)
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed

Instructions:

Mix the dry ingredients and set them aside for now. With an electric mixer, whisk the egg white until it becomes stiff. This will give our pancakes some height. In a separate bowl, mix the milk, vanilla, oil, and egg yolk. Once those ingredients are combined, add in the dry ingredients and stir until your batter is formed. Finally, add your mashed banana and gently fold in the egg white to your batter. Be careful not to overmix the batter; the less you mix, the fluffier the pancakes will be. Preheat your pan and add a ladle of mix. Flip your pancake over when you start seeing the bubbles pop. Serve warm and with the toppings of your choice.

Environmental Word Search

Brush up on your environmental awareness by finding and circling the 20 words hidden in the word search. The words appear straight across, backwards, up, down, and diagonal.

Seed Bombs

Get ready for your spring planting and help the world become a greener place with our environmentally friendly seed bombs. Just grab your recycling bin, a pack of seeds, and some basic supplies to start crafting.

Materials:

  • Scissors
  • Water
  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Construction paper, 3 sheets
  • Food processor
  • A package of flower seeds (or 2 if you want a lot)
  • Flowerpot
  • Dirt

Instructions:

  1. Take your 3 sheets of constructions paper and cut them into 1-inch squares. Place the cut-up squares into a bowl and add water until the paper is covered completely. Let soak for 20 minutes.
  2. Next, drain the water from the bowl and squeeze any excess from the paper squares. Put the paper into the food processor and pulse until it becomes pulp. Put the pulp back into the bowl.
  3. Mix the flower seeds gently into the pulp and then start forming the pulp into a ball to create your seed bomb. Make as many seed bombs as you want, and in any size you wish. Any extra you have will make great gifts.
  4. Line your baking sheet with parchment paper and add your seed bombs. Leave overnight to let seed bombs dry.
  5. The next day, grab your flower pot and fill it with dirt. Dig a hole big enough to fit your seed bomb, plant it, and cover it up with soil. Make sure to water it, and soon you will have beautiful flowers to brighten up your home.

Avocado Dirt Cups

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium avocado
  • 2 medium bananas
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ tbsp. maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp milk of choice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 10 chocolate sandwich cookies
  • 10 gummy worms

Instructions:

  1. Start making the “dirt” by crushing the sandwich cookies into crumbs. You can speed up the process by using a food processer or just have fun breaking up the cookies on your own. Place the crumbs in a separate bowl.
  2. Pit and peel the avocado and bananas, then place them into the food processor.
  3. Add the cocoa powder, maple syrup, vanilla, and milk to the processor and blend until smooth. If the mixture is too thick, feel free to add more milk and blend until it’s the pudding consistency you want.
  4. Distribute the pudding mixture into 4 portions. We recommend using containers that are biodegradable or even mini planting pots to fit the environmental theme.
  5. Chill until the pudding until ready to serve.
  6. Before the kids can enjoy the dirt cups, make sure that you sprinkle the cookie crumbs on top of the pudding and cut the gummy worms in half. Place the worms half into the dirt and half hanging out the container to showcase your creepy crawlies.

Pauline Woodhouse

As a third-generation Scouter, Pauline is a writer passionate about giving back to the Guiding and Scouting programs. She grew up making beaver buggies with the boys, selling popcorn as a Cub and practicing outdoor skills with the Scouts. Instead of moving on to Ventures, she became an assistant leader for Cubs, also known as a Kim. Pauline is proud to pass on her Scouting knowledge to an international audience.


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