WTD Activities

Although World Thinking Day (WTD) is decentralised this year, there are still fun and creative ways to connect and celebrate this WTD. The unit activities can be conducted during the WTD period (21 February onwards till 28 February). Below are some of the ideas but as the situations are dynamic, we would like to remind Guiders to take the latest necessary measures based on the announcements from MOE.

POP-UP / BOOTH / STATION When: After school or during unit meetings
  1. Play the game “A thread that ties you and I” as follows:
    Resources: A big ball of yarn or string
    Please note: Limit contact through passing the yarn from one to another
    The aim of the game is to have everyone in the circle connected to each other by a web of string.
    • The group stands in a circle with one participant holding the end of the ball of string.
    • The person holding the ball of string makes a statement that is true about themselves eg I like… / I have ………….
    • The participants in the circle who that statement applies to raise their hands and call out.
    • The person with the ball then throws the string to one of the participants the statement applies to while keeping hold of the end of the string.
    • The new person them repeats this process with a new statement about themselves and throws the ball while still keeping a hold of a part of it.
    • By the end of the game everyone should be included.
CONVERSATIONS Guider / or Girl leader leads a brief discussion with the questions below:
  1. What have you learnt about someone that surprised you?
  2. Did you have anything in common with someone else?
  3. Was it easy to find or difficult to find things in common?
  4. What do you think the string could be in real life?
  1. Using threads to represent the concepts of diversity, equity and inclusion.
  2. WTD 2020 Living Threads pack is designed to inspire our girls to reflect on how we can put equity and inclusion into practice and celebrate the diversity in our communities and beyond.
  3. The WAGGGS activity pack can be downloaded from here.
  4. More ideas and resources for Brownies and Guides can be downloaded from our WTD webpage.
SOCIAL MEDIA To further engage our members using technology, we would like to invite Guiders, Brownies and Girl Guides to share their WTD 2020 photographs or video clips and thoughts by tagging our GGS Instagram @girlguidessingapore and using the hashtag #ggswtd2020. Every unit is recommended to tag at least 1 photo or video clip.
Activity 1
Mixed Signals
  • To understand that not everyone will be able to recognise the verbal or non-verbal cues that are typical in the everyday setting.
  • To recognise how non-verbal cues can go wrong.
  • To develop simple strategies on how to cope with such moments.
Time 10 mins
Group size 2 groups of 4 Guides/Brownies (8 pax)
Equipment Rubber chicken (or any type of rubber/stuffed animal)
  • Split the group evenly into 2 and sit them down in a straight line along the sides (shoulder to shoulder).
  • Students hold hands with the person on either side of them.
  • Place the rubber chicken at the start of the line between the first two players on each team.
  • Instruct the first two players that they are not to use any verbal cues.
  • Next, ask everyone except for the two people at the beginning of each line to close their eyes.
  • The facilitator flips a coin.
  • If the coin lands on heads - both teams send down the pulse to the end of the line and tries to be the first to grab the chicken. If the coin lands on tails, neither team sends an impulse down the line.
  • Teams gets a point when they are able to send the pulse down their line by using the hand pulse technique.
  • Teams lose a point if a pulse is passed down, or chicken grabbed when the coin landed on tail.
  • For the 2nd round, a screen can be placed after the first two players.
  • This time round only the first two players can speak.
  • The teams on the other side, must draw out the object that is describe by their first team players.
Reflections After each round, ask the group what they can do to have a better outcome if communication is a challenge.
Discuss how they can modify their instructions so that the others can understand them better.
Activity 2
I Saw the Sign
  • To understand and learn simple communication via sign language.
Time 10 mins
Group size 4 Guides/ Brownies with a facilitator
Equipment Laptop
Reflections At the end, ask the group if it was simple to follow or were there any challenges that they faced.
Activity 3
Traffic Light
  • To understand and establish eye-contact in a non-threatening way.
Time 10 mins
Group size 3 to 4 Guides/Brownies
Equipment Ping pong ball; ‘Danger’ sign
  • Facilitators will encourage participants not to say “look me in the eye” during these activities.
  • Facilitators will stress that this activity is looking to foster natural connection and get partners comfortable with eye contact.
  • Participants will work in pairs for this activity.
  • Partner will stand a few feet in front of each other (or closer if they’ll allow).
  • They will first complete some signals with only their eyes instructions like:
  • move to the side (by looking to that side), the other side,
  • stepping back (eyes up),
  • taking a step forward (one blink).
  • The next round, will include instructions like: “pick up an item” etc.
Reflections Facilitators will share that this activity helps one to use eye contact and build up their tolerance for it. It is important not to increase their anxiety or make them feel like they are in trouble for not complying.
Activity 4
She Solves Challenge – World Thinking Day Activity Pack
Description Produced in conjunction with BAE Systems, this pack contains a selection of activities from GGS’ She Solves Engineering Badge! There are more activities to choose from in the complete pack, which you can find on the GGS website. To complete the badge, you’ll need to complete four activities. You must then pick the activity that you have enjoyed the most and produce a poster explaining what this type of engineering is all about. Show your poster to an adult leader or young leader and describe what it means. Download the pack here.
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