Indian Garland

Age Range: 5 - 17 years
Time Required: 15 minutes or for as long as you like
Fundamental: World Guiding

India is a country in the Asia Pacific Region and is also home to one of the World Centers, Sangam.
This activity can be used to find out more about life in India or as part of a World Guiding, Asia Pacific Region or Sangam themed meeting.

Materials Needed

  • Large sewing needle
  • Thread - crochet cotton is ideal
  • Coloured tissue paper (The garland can be made using lots of different colours or just one)
  • Scissors
  • A circle template about 5cm
  • Pencil

    Younger Guides might need help to thread the needle and a safety lesson.


  1. Trace circles onto the tissue paper using the pencil & template. Try to keep them close together.
  2. Cut out your paper circles. Double over your tissue if you like to cut more at once.
  3. Hold each circle of paper in the center, pinch it out a little & twist once.
  4. Thread your needle with a piece of cotton long enough to hang around your neck.
  5. Tie a big knot in the end of your thread. 
  6. Thread the paper twists on to the needle and on to the thread and carefully push them down the thread.
  7. When full, tie the two ends together & try your garland on.

As a Girl Guide, How Can I Lead This Activity?

This can be done on a Partrol Leaders Night or for a Patrol Activity. 
Garlands could be used to decorate for a party or festival.

As a Unit Leader, How Can I Make This Activity Girl Led?

Suggest this activity when girls would like to have a World Guiding or International Night.

As a Unit, how can we make sure everyone is included?

This is a simple activity so should be able to be complete by all levels of ability.

Follow Up Questions and Reflections

What can we do differently next time?
What other activities could you do with your new skills?
How did it make you feel?
What did you like or dislike?
What did you learn?

Activity source and acknowledgements

Taken from a program insert about the Asia Pacific Region in the Waratah magazine - circa 2008


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