Age Range: 5 - 17 years
Time Required: 20 minutes
Fundamental: Outdoors

Make swaps to share with your Patrol or Unit. Camping with another Unit? Make these as a gift for the Unit you are visiting.

Materials Needed Swap 1 - Little Hats

  • Bottle Caps – Milk bottle or similar
  • Fabric squares- cotton or felt about 10-15cm 
  • Rubber band 
  • Thin Ribbon about 20cm
  • Craft Glue or Hot Glue Gun with adult supervision
  • Safety pins
  • Scissors

Materials Needed Swap 2 -Mini Bed Rolls/swags

  • Rectangles of felt about 6 x 15cm
  • Cotton String about 30cm long
  • Little strip of paper & a pen (optional)
  • Safety pins
  • Scissors

Instructions - Swap 1

1. Measure enough fabric to cover your bottle cap so you have a hat with a brim.  Mark fabric and cut into a circle.
2. Add glue to the top of you cap and place it upside down in the centre of your fabric circle.
3. Squeeze more glue around the cap and gather the fabric up the sides of the cap with little pleats. *If using craft glue add a rubber band around the cap to hold the fabric on till the glue dries- set aside. If using a Hot Glue Gun move straight on to the next step.
4. Turn you cap over and flatten out the brim on a table or flat surface.
5. Add a few dots or ribbon around the cap and place of your ribbon, finish with a bow or little decorations. 


Instructions - Swap 2

1. The felt is the blanket so roll it up.
2. Use the string to tie it together. Try to do a packers knot. Leave a little handle.
Girls identify the part of the Guide law that they already demonstrate and choose a law that they find challenging. They write down the law and the positive qualities that they think the law requires on a small slip of paper. Then the girls take the piece of paper and roll it into their swag. They can carry the bed roll around all week, Pin it to their hat (close to their brain) or on their shirt (close to their heart) to remind them of their challenge.
Add a little laminated label to the swag with an email address or a message like ‘I met Possum at the Jamboree’





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

Make these to take to a large event.

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

Suggest girls make these as an Australian gift for an international visitor as part of the Junior BP.

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

Girls can make these and add their Unit Name as their "Unit Swap" 

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

A tried & tested Girl Guide favourite!


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