Sunday, January 27, 2013

Girl Scout Cookie Time Game 2013

It's that time of the year again~ Girl Scout Cookie Time. We begin sales this week. Our council is doing direct sales now. That means we placed a huge order and then will have them in hand when we ask people if they want to buy. I've been very busy the last few days with helping sort & load cases of cookies (at the district level) and then counting & sorting for my troop. I am so happy to have a small troop. They say that we should sell more cookies this way, but I am not really sure how it's going to work out. We do have 2 cookie booth dates set up...one at the mall and one at a grocery store, so that should help with sales.

Since half our girls are new and we have a new cookie (Mango Creme) this year, I decided to create a board game for the girls to learn all the varieties. Our council also offers people a chance to purchase cookies for the troops, so I created a game with 9 colors. I printed out the game board on regular paper and the game cards on card stock. I also got glass gems & dice from Dollar Tree.
girl scout cookies board game pieces
I laminated the game board and cut up the game cards. Each girl got a baggie with the game cards, 4 gem game pieces, and a die.
girl scout cookies game board
I wanted this to be a thinking activity, so I split the girls up in groups of two and had them create the rules to the game. Most decided to turn the game cards over and try to make matches. Then when they got a match they would move forward to that next color or roll the die to see how many spaces they moved. One group decided that landing on the blue star (Cookies for the Troops) allowed you to move double spaces. Some girls removed the solid color card and just used the other 2 of each color for matching. You can swap those out for the named cards later as they learn the cookies better. My version has the girls start by rolling the die. The number they get represents the # of boxes a customer wants. When they give the correct cost for the customer then they get to pick a game card and if they can name that variety, then move forward to that color. Game directions are included in the download.
Girl Scout Cookie Learning Game
My parents report that their girls have been playing the game all weekend are are learning all the cookie varieties.

I'd like to offer this game to all scouts. There are 2 companies that make Girl Scout Cookies and I have created the game for both. Click on the images of the cookies you have to download that bakery's version.
Girl Scout Cookies Little Brownie Bakers
People have asked if I ship cookies. I do not. I encourage you to find local scouts to buy from. Go here and enter your zip code to find our locations & times of sales in your area.
Girl Scout Board Pinterest

Diana is a crafty creative Midwestern work from home mama of 3. She enjoys playing with PhotoShop Elements, sewing & crafting, creating fun for family & friends, camping, and reading. She is the owner & operator of Custom Blog Designs.

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  1. Ah...my little granddaughter is a Girl Scout too!! Such little cuties! I was a Girl Scout Leader when my girls were young and enjoyed it soooo much!! Great idea!

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    1. Thanks Jemma! My daughter *LOVES* me being the troop leader. I really enjoy it too. All that sorting & loading of cookies tweaked my back and I will be call the chiropractor tomorrow.

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    2. Diana-no more lifting! Good luck and get better soon!

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  2. What a wonderful and creative game idea, Diana! It's great to help kiddos learn by making it fun! Nice design!

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  3. This is so fun! We are picking up my daughter's order today - just in time! :)

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  4. What a cute idea for the girls. Having fun is the best way to learn anything!

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  5. I used to make games for students I had in speech therapy--all variations on the same theme (practice for a certain sound) but they ate them right up. We just sent our check to the girl scout grand daughters in California. The cookies will go to troops in service.

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    1. Thanks for support both Girl Scouts & the troops!

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  6. ordered my cookies so yummy and love this game would be so fun and encouraging for the girls

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  7. What a cute idea! Our council does the cookies completely differently (and I'm glad we don't have to have them on hand, that sounds challenging). We also have different cookies than you do, which is interesting.
    Thanks for the game idea.
    KC

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    1. This is the first time we've done direct sales. I still have 2 girls to distribute cookies to and we are already out of 1 flavor and just have a few boxes left of 3 others. I totally miscalculated on my preorder. I basically ordered the same amount as last year. We have a cookie cupboard, but it works differently now too. We have to reorder by the box and then pick them up a few days later. I am going to have to order a bunch more for our remote sales. Someone in our council created an extensive spreadsheet that is really going to help with keeping track. I am already off by a box and am waiting to hear back from 2 moms and hoping that one says that I shorted them!

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    2. I updated the game to include your different cookies!

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  8. Thanks for sharing! Cute idea ... boy how different girl scout cookie sales are based where you live - mango cream? I was like Oh my did I miss a new cookie? Thanks for sharing your link.

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    1. They are brand new! We sampled them and they are quite tropical & fragrant! Taste just like they smell. Quite tasty! They are made with Nutrifusion...whatever that is!

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  9. Diana-
    I was a Girl Scout leader for years. Such wonderful memories and such fine young ladies who have grown up into wonderful women. My two daughters especially. Cookie time one year was kicked off with a snowy day. My oldest went door-to-door and sold 250 boxes of cookies. Everybody was at home and she braved the cold! Delivery was a nightmare!

    Cute idea. Have fun.

    Linda

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    1. We clicked off last year on a snowy FRIGID day but we trudged out there to take orders. It was my daughter's first year and she was so excited. We borrowed a wagon this year and will be braving the 18 degree weather to go door to door this week.

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  10. Ahh Mom your so cool what an awesome troop leader you are! I bet this was a huge hit.

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  11. Oh my, cookie time again? I was a girl scout leader for many years when my daughter was little right up until they were at cadet level. Anyway my husband can't understand that even thought I don't eat much sweets, I can't seem to pass up a booth sale without buying a few. So by the end of cookie time, we have tons of cookies and he weights several pounds more. :-)

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    1. Yes, I think that cookies are bad for my health. Obviously there are the unwanted pounds, but my back was strained too! Seeing the chiropractor this afternoon!

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  12. great fun! Thanks for sharing at Show Me Your Plaid Monday's!

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  13. Great game idea! I sure don't remember that many cookie selections when I was in Girls Scouts. We have been hungry for thin mints since last fall. We found an ice cream that tasted just like them! Time to look up our local troop!

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    1. I remember that the bakery was Burry when I was in grade school. There were Thin Mints, Shortbread/Trefoils, and PB Sandwiches/Do Si Dos. I worked very hard one year and sold 120 boxes. I got a special patch with a rhinestone on it. I probably thought it was a diamond! Now a days it's easy to sell that many!!

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  14. Cute idea, Diana!! ...& now my tummy is grumbling, just at the thought of those yummy cookies! ;o)

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    1. I am resisting the 135 boxes out in my garage!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  15. what a creative game idea, Diana!!

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    1. Thanks! I hope your troop enjoys playing it and cookie sales are going well!

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  16. This is adorable. I have to say - I love Girl Scout cookies!

    Shannon @ Sewing Barefoot

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    1. Thanks Shannon! I had some reluctant parents when we first started selling, but EVERYONE loves GS Cookies and they really sell themselves. Especially when the girls ask because they are too cute!!

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  17. Fun!! I can't wait to order some Samoas!! Thanks for linking up to my party!!

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    1. Samoas are called Caramel deLites here and they are quite popular!!

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  18. I love that you created this game! I better get to the gym before I start seeing those cookies!

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  19. This is just adorable Diana...I don't have any little girls of my own, but I remember selling those cookies myself and this would have made it so much more fun!

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    1. It's been a LONG time but I don't remember sales being this fun! It's a big deal with Girl Scouts now!

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  20. What fun girl scout games! And how did I miss mango creme???? Those sound delicious!

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    1. Those are brand new this year. Much tastier than Shout Outs!

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  21. What a fun idea. Our cookie time ends in November with deliveries of boxes. My sister-in-law bought so many boxes from my granddaughter that I think she'll still have them next year when sales start again!

    Thanks for stopping by my Blog Hop, my friend. Looking forward to your next one. :)

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  22. Such a cute idea Diana! I bet you are an awesome leader! Have a lovely week! Angie xo

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  23. What a great idea! I don't remember our leader being so crafty when I was a Girl Scout!

    Thanks a bunch for linking up with Whip It Up Wednesday this week!

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    1. Haha! I don't either, but that was a *LONG* time ago. And there weren't blogs or Pinterest!!

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  24. This is such a fun idea!
    We just finished submitting our orders and cookies get delivered in two weeks. It was my first year with a daughter in Girl Scouts (she is a Daisy) so it has been a learning experience for sure.

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    1. Yes it is. But the girls really enjoy it. Especially doing remote sales in public!

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  25. That is so cool. Such a beautiful game too. It looks really professional. Have you contacted the Girl Scout org? I bet they would love it too. Thanks for sharing at Mom's Library!

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    1. I did turn it in to our local council and they plan on putting it into next year's promotional materials. I should look into it going further.

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  26. I love this...it's like Candyland with cookies! I'm definitely going to pin this!

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    1. I never thought of that. I could have added slides & ladders too. Haha! Thanks for pinning!

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  27. Hurrah! I love GS Cookies and the new flavor sounds delicious!

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    1. It's VERY fragrant and tastes like it smells!

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  28. This post makes a little sad that I will never have a little girl, only stinky boys! haha I'm still patiently waiting for our adorable little neighbor girls to come knocking on our door selling cookies... I might have to break down and seek them out!

    I'd love it if you would share this on my Friday link-up party!!
    http://www.parloandlogi.com/fi-tfriday9/

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    1. I hope those girls have come knocking on your door by now!

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  29. What a cute idea - I bet the girls loved it!
    ps - I LOVE thin mints! lol.

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  30. I loved being a Brownie! This is such a great game. Thanks for sharing with us over at Real Housemoms for Fabulous Fridays!

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  31. I loved being a Brownie as a little girl and can not resist Girl Scout Cookies! This is a fantastic game. Thanks for sharing it over at Real Housemoms for Fabulous Fridays!

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  32. What a great game! How fun...my girls will love it! I hope you stop by to link to my party- http://atozebracelebrations.com/2013/01/link-party-5.html
    Nancy

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  33. Thanks for this game. Alas, my granddaughter didn't want to be in Girl Scouts this year (5th grade). That is a good learning tool. Thanks for sharing it. Linda

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    1. I will be sad when my daughter outgrows scouts!

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  34. What a fun idea. I can't wait for my GS cookies to get here. Should be next weekend. Anyhoo, thank you for sharing at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see you again. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  35. Very cute idea to help the little Girl Scouts learn their product! Thanks for linking to Mom's Library!

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  36. What a FUN game Diana!!!!

    Thanks for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality! Can't wait to see what you link up tomorrow evening!

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  37. This is such a great idea! Thanks for linking up!!

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  38. Diana, this is so fun. I will have to remember this for my girl's troops. Thanks for linking up to Tasty Thursdays!! Nichi

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  39. How fun! Thanks so much for sharing it at SHOW-licious Craft Showcase!!

    Marti
    http://sew-licious.blogspot.com

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  40. I was a girl scout, long, long ago and we never had such a clever way to learn the different kinds of cookies. Thanks for sharing in on Fluster's Creative Muster Party. I can't wait to see what you link up next week.

    Hugs and Smiles,

    Robin
    Fluster Buster

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    1. I don't remember it being this fun years ago either!!

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  41. I love this! Girl Scout cookies and games - two of my favorie things! Thanks so much for sharing this at my link party :)

    -Angie
    www.easylivingmom.com

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  42. Thanks for sharing this clever craft on Tutorial Thursdays.
    x
    Natalie
    www.marigoldsloft.blogspot.com

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  43. Ah, biscuits! Girl Guide biscuits are a bit hit here too (Australia) but we do all our orders like that. Each district orders a certain number of cartons and then they sell them on from there.

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  44. What a great printable! Is there a chance that you will be making a new one for the troops that use ABC? This year we'll be having a new cookie. I believe they're Citrus Cranberry Crisps.

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    1. I am award of the change and will update the game.

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    2. The new version of the game has been posted!

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