Swaps are one of those fun Girl Scout activities that can be pulled together quickly and serve as a filler activity in a troop meeting. I used this Water Bottle Swap as part of our Brownie’s WOW Journey. It would be a great classroom activity for 2nd grade and up or for a homeschool coop for Earth Day.
What is a Swap?
Swap = Special Watchamacallits Pinned Somewhere
According to Girl Scouts of USA, Girl Scouts have been exchanging Swaps since the 19050’s as a keepsake for a special event or reminder of a new friend in Girl Scouting. Swaps are usually a 10 to 15 minute activity. Many Girl Scout troops use recycled materials to make their Swaps. Some troops attach their troop number and location to the Swap. Swaps need to be portable and are usually about 1 to 3 inches in size.
Water Bottle Recycling Facts
- Only 23% of Americans recycle water bottles
- Water bottle lids are NOT recyclable (good for making Swaps however!)
- Burning a water bottle releases toxic fumes into the atmosphere damaging the ozone layer
- Water bottles can be recycled into: carpet, clothing, new bottles, electronic parts and car parts
- It takes a water bottle 1,000 years before it starts decomposing
Supplies for Water Bottle Swap
When buying supplies for the water bottle Swap take advantage of the 40% off and 50% off coupons offered by Joann Fabrics and Crafts and Michael’s Craft Stores. These will keep the cost to a minimum. Don’t forget to check with your girls’ parents to see if they have old craft supplies they want to donate to the troop.
How to Make the Water Bottle Swap
1. Cut the dark blue pipe cleaner into 4 pieces. I did this by folding the pipe cleaner in half and cutting it. Then, I folded the 2 smaller pieces in half and cut them. This gave me 4 3″ pieces.
2. Slide on 5 clear pony beads followed by the white pony bead. You should have pipe cleaner left over at each end.
3. Fold the tips of the pipe cleaner back tightly on the beads to secure the beads.
4. Slide the safety pin into the top folded piece of pipe cleaner next to the white pony bead.
What’s your favorite Girl Scout Swap?