The Green Goblin

Age Range: 5 - 10 years
Time Required: 20 - 30 minutes including gathering the leaves
Fundamental: Outdoors & People
To come to an appreciation of all the things in nature that are green and how many shades of green there actually are.

To realise that we can adapt to our environments, be resilient & creative.

Materials Needed

  • A sheet of Card or thick Paper approx 30 x 20 cms
  • Glue
  • Sheet of newspaper to protect the table
  • Imagination


  1. The Leader reads the story of the Green Goblin (story below)
  2. Guides go into the garden to find as many different shades of green as they can.
  3. Guides then paste them on to the card in the design of a house


"Once there was a goblin who loved bright colours so much that he painted his home in as many colours as he possibly could.
The goblin king received so many complaints that he decreed that the goblin, in future, was to use one colour only. At first the goblin was sad but then he thought of the lovely colour green.
He went into the country and found all the different shades of green that he could and painted his house in them so that it was nearly as bright as before but no one could complain because he had only used ONE colour.
Now what the folks of Goblin Town didn't know was that the brownies, who thought the goblins's brightly coloured house was great fun, had helped him by collecting the different greens & trying them out on a house of paper"

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

  • Read the story out
  • Make a practice goblin house beforehand so you can help suggest ideas.
  • As a Unit Leader, How Can I Make This Activity Girl Led?

  • Girls could complete the activity during the week if they want to.
  • Discuss times when you have adapted to make the best of a situation.
  • As a Unit, how can we make sure everyone is included?

  • Take time to show & look at the houses, ask the Guide to describe the type of leaves & natural items she has used.
  • Follow Up Questions and Reflections

  • What can we do differently next time?
  • What other activities could you do with your new skill?
  • How did it make you feel?
  • What did you like or dislike?
  • What did you learn?
  • Activity source and acknowledgements

    This activity was taken from The Australian Leaders Handbook Part 2 More Program Ideas 1988

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