Daisy Making Choices Leaf Badge Activity


Find Out the Difference Between Needs and Wants

Girls learn about the difference between wants and needs. 

Activity Details

Time needed: 30-45 minutes

Materials needed: 

  • Magazines, newspapers or flyers
  • Scissors
  • A bowl or basket

Setup: Adults work and earn money. Families use the money to buy the things they need.

All people need certain things, like food, clothes, and a place to live. What is the difference between needs and wants? Talk about this with your family before starting this activity.

Activity: Set up a pretend supermarket by cutting out pictures from magazines, newspapers, or supermarket flyers and posting them around the room. Feel free to use household objects if you don’t have enough print materials. Use a bucket, bowl, or basket as your “shopping cart,” then pretend you’re shopping with your family. Fill your cart with your needs first; then add one or two wants.  Now, if you had $20 to spend for all of your family’s needs and wants for the next seven days, would your shopping  choices change? 

Troop Leaders:  The instructions for all badge steps are available free of charge in your  Girl Scout Volunteer Toolkit.

Girl Scouts at Home activities have been adapted from existing Girl Scout programming and optimized for use at home during a period of social distancing.

Adapted from Step 1 of the Daisy Making Choices Leaf. Purchase the badge booklet to complete all requirements needed to earn the badge.