1.7 Fall Fiesta

Program Connections:
  • Key to I Can 
    • 4. Turn it on Safely
      • A - Name all the appliacnes in your house.
      • B - Check each appliance for safety features.
      • C - Use three appliances.
    • 6. Sewing Magic
      • A - Make a gift that includes sewing..

Gathering Activity (in their circles)

  • Attendance and dues; bracelets and beads in circle box
  • Draw colour pictures for enrolment – paper and correct coloured crayons in the boxes!


  • Circle Songs {Key to Brownies 4D}
  • Brownie Song {Key to Brownies 4B}

Introduce “Turn it on Safely” and “Sewing Magic” {Key to I Can 4, 6}

  • What is an appliance?
    • a machine or device, especially an electrical one for household use
    • any piece of equipment having a specific function
    • A device that operates by electricity. Includes lights and heaters, not just machines with moving parts.
  • Have the girls list all of the appliances they can think of.
  • Are there safety rules to follow with appliances?
  • Have the girls list some safety rules related to appliances.
  • What sort of tools do you use with sewing? – scissors, pins, needles, thread, tape measure, seam ripper, chalk, etc.

Divide into Groups

  • Have girls line up silently from shortest to tallest.  Then groups of 6 (shortest 6 in one group, tallest 6 in another group, etc) will be split between the four stations.

Fall Fiesta Craft Stations {Key to I Can 4, 6}

  • groups start at one station and rotate around the room as they finish each craft.  This may mean that the groups end up as different sizes at different times (i.e. it may take longer to do the scarecrows and Perler beads than it does for the shrink art and sewing).
  • Station 1: Glue Gun Appliance – Craft: Bucket Scarecrow
    • Glue guns are handy appliances that help homeowners complete minor household repairs.
    • Inspect the glue gun carefully and look for any damage on the appliance’s casing. Also check that the gun’s operating switch is in working order.
    • While using the glue gun keep it out of reach of any flammable substances or materials. A glue gun’s heat can ignite a fire if within reach of a flammable substance. Purchase a wire or metal safety stand to rest the glue gun on when not using the gun, as a glue gun should never be rested on its side.
    • Do not point the nozzle of the glue gun at any person at any time. When pointing the gun at someone you could accidentally engage the trigger sending a spray of hot glue towards the other person. Never leave a glue gun plugged into an electrical outlet unattended as the gun could overheat and cause an electrical fire.
    • Always store your glue gun out of the reach of young children. Before storing your glue gun ensure that it has cooled off as storing a hot glue gun can pose as a fire hazard. Do not change any nozzles on your glue gun until the appliance has cooled.
  • Station 2: Iron Appliance – Craft: Perler Bead Pictures (note: this station took a REALLY long time.  I would recommend forgoing this station and doing perler beads at a separate meeting)
    • An iron is a small appliance used in ironing to remove wrinkles from fabric.
    • Electric irons are high-wattage devices, meaning that they draw a lot of power from the circuit. Do not operate any other high-wattage devices on the same circuit as the iron, to avoid overloading it.
    • If you use an extension cord, make sure that it is rated for the same, or higher, amperage as the iron. Amperage information can be found in the operating manual of the iron. Always turn the iron off, or to its lowest setting, before plugging it in or out of an outlet. Never yank on the cord to unplug an iron, always grasp the plug and pull it out.
    • Always use an electric iron with an ironing board. Never attempt to iron or stream fabrics while they are being worn. Never iron clothing on the floor or bed, as there is rarely a safe place to rest the iron.
    • Never leave the iron's electrical cord hanging over a trafficked area. The cord will represent a trip hazard and the hot iron could land on someone if the cord is pulled. If there is any damage to the cord, do not use the iron as this could lead to an electric shock. Keep the cord away from hot surfaces at all time.
    • Do not immerse an iron in water, due to risk of electric shock. When you are filling a steam iron with water, remember to disconnect the iron from the outlet. Be careful when turning a filled iron upside-down, as there may be hot water in the reservoir.
  • Station 3: Toaster Oven Appliance– shrink art
    • A toaster oven is a kitchen appliance consisting of a small electric oven for toasting or warming food.
    • Don't touch metal parts without a mitt or potholder. Before you clean the toaster oven let it cool so you won't burn yourself. When cleaning the toaster oven, the crumbs and pieces of food that broke off are in the bottom, so make sure you get those out.
    • Do not touch hot surfaces. Use handles or knobs.
    • To protect against electrical shock do not immerse cord, plug, or toaster oven in water or other liquid.
    • Oversize foods or metal utensils must not be inserted in a toaster oven as they may create a fire or risk of electric shock.
    • Do not place any of the following materials in the oven: paper, cardboard, plastic, and the like.
  • Station 4: Hand Sewing for Sewing Magic – Owl purses
    • Whether you are cutting the fabric for your pattern, pinning material, ripping seams, or threading the needle, sewing is rife with sharp objects. Pay strict attention to the task at hand to avoid ending up with a bandage on your fingers because of a sewing accident.
    • When you are not using scissors, they should remain closed and you should insert the blade down into a container, which can be a tall cup or a sheath or some kind, or your sewing box. Always hand scissors or sharp-edged objects to someone else with the handle toward them. Sewing needles come in their own sheaths, but you can also place them into your sewing box. Placing pins into a pin cushion can prevent a prick of your fingers. Placing pins in your mouth is never a good idea, nor is leaving them loose on the table, since they can easily be knocked to the floor. When using the seam ripper, always rip the seams away from you.

Brownie Closing