Time needed: 35–45 minutes
Have you ever really thought about your toys? I know that they’re fun. But who makes them? Where do those brilliant ideas come from?
You are going to start to learn what a toy entrepreneur does and come up with an idea for a brand new toy!
An entrepreneur is someone who comes up with new ways to solve problems, and many entrepreneurs create businesses with their ideas. They might improve something that already exists or make something new. Being an entrepreneur also means trying, making mistakes, and trying again. All of your favorite businesses were originally started by entrepreneurs.
For your activity, go to a place that inspires creative thinking. It could be a comfy chair next to a window with a great view, inside a blanket fort, or under a tree in your yard. Take a piece of paper and your drawing supplies with you.
When you’re comfortable, ask yourself:
Do any of these questions inspire an idea for a new toy? Sketch out some ideas for a variety of toys. Once you have a few ideas, choose your favorite. Then, take a fresh sheet of paper and make a more detailed drawing that shows your toy from a few different angles. Try to show how it works and what makes it fun.
Think about what you just did:
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.