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Whilst baking might be a gender stereotypical activity, it is a great opportunity to learn about following instructions, different measurements and food hygiene - the best bit being you get to eat all the goodies at the end. Lots of our groups like to include cooking and baking sessions to help build essential life skills. For example, to celebrate Pride, GFS Dunvant baked lots of goodies and decorated them with the colours of the rainbow.
Bowling trip for a GFS girl
When a GFS group is asked where they would like to go on an outing, the two most popular answers are bowling and trampolining. If the group has enough funds, trips are subsidised, but girls are asked to make a contribution. At GFS we don't want any girl to ever feel excluded because of her financial circumstances. If a family cannot afford to make a contribution towards a trip that the group is going on, GFS will find a way to cover the cost. £5 could cover the full ticket price for a bowling trip, so that no girl is left out of the fun and opportunities a GFS group has to offer.
At GFS we challenge gender stereotypes and give girls opportunities to get just as excited about science experiments as glitter crafts. Science gives girls the opportunity to create experiments, see what bubbles and what fizzes, grow crystals or make candy. £35 could give a GFS group an opportunity to learn about the effects of heat, measurements, crystallisation, chemical reactions and more. You can dedicate this gift to a friend or loved one and we will send them a personalised card - just add the details at the checkout.
Conversation cubes can boost listening skills and spark imagination. They are a great social tool to help get the girls in a GFS group talking about themselves, their identity, their lives and the world around them. Conversation cubes are a great resource to use at the beginning of a session to get girls chatting, opening up and connecting with one another.
Following on from England's historic win at the World Cup, cricket is beginning to take off at GFS and more groups are keen to get their hands on a cricket set so that they can bat and bowl their way to success. At GFS Eldon they took part in the Let's Be Women cricket project, learning new skills such as how to bowl and bat, as well as discussion and reflection.
Double dutch skipping rope
Skipping is amazing exercise, not only does it build cardiovascular fitness, but it can improve bone density, balance, coordination and muscular endurance. Additionally, it can help develop mental skills such as focus, alertness, spatial awareness and quick reactions. “Get active” is one of the six GFS programme themes – we encourage girls to try an array of fun, challenging and sometimes quirky physical activities. By trying many different things, they can enjoy all the amazing things their bodies are capable of and understand that when it comes to keeping fit and healthy, one box doesn’t fit all. The benefit of using a long rope is that the girls can join in together and make successful skips a group effort, developing their team work, cooperation and communication skills.
GFS group crafts top up kit
Whenever we start a new GFS group we always provide a bumper craft starter kit, but obviously these supplies deplete over time and need topping up. Glue sticks, felt pins and coloured card are often part of a GFS session. Whether its making compliments cards, magazine covers, posters of strong women, pride decorations or Mother's Day cards, it's important to always have craft supplies to hand at GFS.
Group craft starter kit
Paper, coloured pens, glue sticks, sequins, fabric pens, paint and more. Getting creative - colouring, drawing, moulding, cutting and sticking is a great way for girls to explore different themes and have fun. That's why each new GFS group gets a bumper craft starter kit to get them going. From making posters about what in means to be a girl in modern society, to designing girl power t-shirts and making friendship collages, providing a craft starter kit to a new group gives them lots of opportunities to explore.
Healthy cooking class
With ready made and instant food so cheap and easily accessible, children can easily overlook where their food comes from and the component parts of a healthy, nutritious and filling meal. Cooking together is an enjoyable activity and girls can learn about different grains, legumes and vegetables, cooking techniques and balancing the food groups. Donating a cooking class can help girls build useful life skills in a fun and friendly environment.
Inspirational women books
Help show girls and young women they can be anything they want. £17 can provide a local GFS group with empowering, inspirational and motivating books about real life female heroes from Marie Curie to Michelle Obama. With fun illustrations and age appropriate narratives, books are a great way for girls to learn about the amazing achievements of women and feel inspired to reach for their dreams. The stories of amazing women often inspire the activities in GFS groups. Kate Pankhurst's book Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World has sparked the ideas for activities such as learning about flight (Amelia Earhart), making suffragette roses (Emmeline Pankhurst) and first aid lessons (Mary Seacole).
Mindfulness colouring book
Everyone needs a calm moment now and again. Mindfulness colouring is a great way of focusing on a simple and relaxing task that provides a chance to be aware of the moment and reflect on feelings and thoughts. In an increasingly busy world full of screen time and social media pressures, mindfulness can be a valuable skill and coping tool to equip girls with. Mindfulness is the process of keeping your attention and thoughts on the present moment and can help to improve mood, concentration, focus and well-being. Simple mindful colouring activities are a great way to introduce the concept of mindfulness to our groups.
Non-toxic slime making kit
The slime making craze is sweeping the nation and is very popular with our groups and also a great way to start getting GFS girls engaged with fun science experiments.. At GFS our groups try different recipes to see which ingredients make the best slime and user their creative skills to try different colours, sparkles and shimmers. When making slime in our groups we always make sure to use safe (Borax free) ingredients.