Time needed: 20–30 minutes
What do you and your friends like to do for fun? In this children’s budget activity, plan out some things you can do and act it out for each other. Pick one and create a budget worksheet for how much it would cost for your fun day.
Have Brownies (2nd and 3rd graders) brainstorm ideas for a fun day of adventure. It might be a trip to the zoo, an amusement park, or going bowling.
Brownies can work in smaller groups to come up with a budget using the “Fun Budget” worksheet and then regroup to compare notes.
Help Brownies with costs for their line items.
Make sure their budget includes everything they’ll need to pay for, including travel, tickets, and food. Does the place they’re going offer a group rate? If so, let Brownies know they can pay less if they go as a group.
[for each group of Brownies]:
Fun Budget Worksheet
Find out what you’ll need for your adventure and what it costs. Then add it up!
Total cost for a fun adventure: (Add it all up!)
Troop Leaders: The instructions for all badge steps
are available free of charge in the Girl Scout Volunteer Toolkit.
Girl Scout Activity Zone activities have been adapted from existing Girl Scout programming.
Adapted from Step 3 of the Brownie Budget Builder badge. Contact your troop leader or your local Girl Scout council to become a Girl Scout member and learn all the requirements needed to earn the badge.
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