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Earn a Fiji patch! Boise, Idaho Girl Scout Troop 388's country for Thinking Day was Fiji. They won best presentation,which the girls did totally and best snack.

South Pacific Islands | Ideas for Thinking Day*

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Girl Scout display board for Fiji for World Thinking Day.

Boise, Idaho Troop 388’s country for Thinking Day* was Fiji. They won best presentation, which the girls did totally and best snack.

The South Pacific includes thousands of islands spread between Australia and the Hawaiian Islands. Troops that choose South Pacific countries for their booth will learn about fascinating people and cultures. MakingFriends®.com has ideas and products to help make your celebration a success.

Craft ideas for this region include all kinds of tropical swapping pins. Girls may also be surprised to find penguin Swapping pins and crafts are appropriate because penguins can be found in sourthern climates such as the Galapagos Islands and New Zealand.
Girls who are excited about their New Cuisine, Locavore and Dinner Party badges may take a special interest in learning about South Pacific countries through tasting their unique foods. Troops that serve South Pacific food will have many options. Fish (served raw, poached or grilled) has long been the primary source of protein for Pacific Islanders. Root vegetables such as taro, sweet potatoes and yams, are central to the diet of the region. A wide variety of tropical fruits are also eaten in large quantities. These include coconut, bananas, plantains, mangoes, papayas, pineapples and breadfruit- any of which could be served as a snack.
Costumes for the South Pacific may include typical tourist garb like sunglasses and flip-flops as well as native grass skirts and shell jewelry. For South Pacific decorations drape your booth in tapa cloth and cut large cardboard boxes to represent the giant statues of Easter Island. Create palm trees for a beach scene that incorporates a path of stones for your guests to simulate the native costume of fire walking. Swapping pin ideas for South Pacific countries include woven baskets and a beach in a bag.

Fun Fact: There are about 7,500 islands in the South Pacific, only about 500 of which are inhabited.

Passport Patch

Celebrate learning about other countries at your international event with this Passport Patch from MakingFriends®.com!

You’ll find inspiration for your international event on our page International Ideas for Thinking Day*.

 

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International 2020 Patch

Having an event this year to learn about other countries? The International 2020 patch from MakingFriends®.com is just what you are looking for!

You’ll find inspiration for your international event on our page International Ideas for Thinking Day*.

 

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International Patch

Having an event to learn about other countries? The International patch from MakingFriends®.com is just what you are looking for!…

Passport Lanyard

Bring this lanyard to your Thinking Day event this year! SWAPs* not included.

 

[caption id="attachment_192371" align="alignnone" width="642"]Girl Scout with passport at Thinking Day. Troop 688 from Monroe, LA. We have a multi-level troop of juniors and Brownies! The girls tried different foods from around the world and had their passports stamped at each booth. Some of the girls wore different outfits from around the world that family members had brought back from their travels![/caption]…

International Passports

Our passports are great for your service unit Thinking Day or International event. Make sure to order our passports early. These sell out every year! Choose your country and print fact cards. Give one to each girl who comes to your table. By the end of the event, everyone will have a full passport with fact cards from each country represented for World Thinking Day. Our International recipe cards also fit well in the passport.…

Passport Sticker Book

Your Thinking Day* event will be complete with our Passport Sticker book! Girl Scouts can “visit” the  countries and add stickers or stamp the pages.…

International Night Patch

Having an event to learn about other countries? The International Night patch from MakingFriends®.com is just what you are looking for!…

Swapping Pins for Every Country

International Trading Card Kits for Swapping

This is the perfect kit for your GS World Thinking Day or International service unit event. Many countries are available!…

International Tags for Swapping

Every country available! Perfect if you are making SWAPs for your Thinking Day or International celebration…

International Bottle Cap Map Pins for Swapping

Choose a country and make the Girl Scout Thinking Day or International Night Map SWAP.…

More Thinking Day* Swapping Pins

Chill Out Kit for Swapping

Chill out with our fun penguin swaps!

Fun for summer, aquarium trips and international events.

Penguins are found in the following WAGGGS countries: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador. Namibia, New Zealand, Peru and South Africa

Kit makes 24

 

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Just Chillin’ Penguin Kit for Swapping

OMG! Aren’t these the cutest? We used nail polish to paint the mini pool. You can also leave then clear or use paint pens or plastic paint. You’ll also need your own low temp hot glue gun.

Fun for summer, aquarium trips and international events.

Penguins are found in the following WAGGGS countries: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador. Namibia, New Zealand, Peru and South Africa

 

Kit makes 30

International Ribbon Kits for Swapping

Make crafts for swapping with printed facts about your country, an outline of its shape and ribbons with the colors of the flag. There are 6 different facts (24 tags each). Choose from Australia, Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jamaica, Kenya, Madagascar, Mexico, Netherlands, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey.
Kit makes 96

Mini Flip Flop Pin for Swapping

These SWAPs can be used for any warm, beachy country like Fiji, Costa Rica or Jamaica for your Girl Scout Thinking Day or International celebration or for a fun summer SWAP…

Recycled Coffeemate Penguin

This Recycled Coffeemate Penguin will make a cheerful addition to your penguin collection. This project teaches your Girl Scouts to recycle and reuse objects that would otherwise end up in the landfill.…

New Zealand Bead Head Pins for Swapping

Use our picture as a guide to create a Bead Head SWAPs if you’ve chosen New Zealand for your Girl Scout Thinking Day or International celebration…

Multicultural Bead Head Pins for Swapping

Use our picture as a guide to create a Bead Head SWAPs for England, France, India, Jamaica, Jordan, New Zealand, Pakistan, Poland, Spain or if you’ve chosen a South American country. You can also use our photo as an inspiration to design your own for other countries for your Thinking Day* or International celebration.…

Beach Umbrella Pins for Swapping

Make these Girl Scout SWAPs for summer camp or if you have chosen a country known for it’s beaches for your Thinking Day or International celebration.…

International Mini Post Cards

Print miniature international postcard tags for scenic Girl Scout Thinking Day or International Night SWAPs…

International Mini Post Cards

Print miniature international postcard tags for scenic Thinking Day SWAPS. Letter beads make it easy for friends to remember your country.…

Sandal Pins for Swapping

This tiny shoe Girl Scout SWAP is easy to make from craft foam and is great for Thinking Day, International or summer events.…

Crafts

Cottonball Sheep

These fuzzy creatures are fun to make and great for your Girl Scout Thinking Day or International celebration if you chose Australia, New Zealand or Scotland.…

Recycled Coffeemate Penguin

This Recycled Coffeemate Penguin will make a cheerful addition to your penguin collection. This project teaches your Girl Scouts to recycle and reuse objects that would otherwise end up in the landfill.…

Tiki Tapa Bookmarks

Girls can learn new techniques such as using coffee as a dye and how to use graphite paper while creating these Tiki Tapa Bookmarks. Great for your Thinking Day or International celebration if you chose a South Pacific Island.…

Marshmallow Sheep

Instructions and supply list to create a foam sheep craft. Great for your Girl Scout Thinking Day or International celebration if you chose Australia, New Zealand or Scotland. …

Recipes

Australian or New Zealand Fairy Bread Recipe

Print a recipe and prepare food to taste at your Girl Scout Thinking Day or International event if you chose Australia or New Zealand.…

Free Printables

Fijian Girl Guide Coloring Page

Print multiple copies to use as a gathering activity to help get girls acquainted with each other and the style of Girl Guides in Fiji. Girls color then use as a decoration for their World Thinking Day or International Celebration.…

Pacific Island Paper Doll Friends

Dress your friends in beautiful clothes from the islands… grass skirts, sarongs, aloha shirts, leis and more.…

Printable Fact Cards

Facts about New Zealand

Printable Thinking Day fact card for our passports. Perfect if you chose New Zealand for your Girl Scout Thinking Day or International Night celebration.…

Mini Post Card Tags for Swapping

Mini Postcards | New Zealand

Make tags for your Thinking Day swaps…

Mini Postcards | Fiji

Make tags for your Thinking Day swaps…

Ideas from our Readers

Girl Scout International Night Service Unit Event

Leaders share how their troop hosted a World Thinking Day event for their service unit sparking a new tradition.…

Denmark | Ideas for Thinking Day*

A troop leader shares how their girls prepared to represent Denmark at their Thinking Day* event. Leaders may find inspiration to prepare for their International event.…

International Event Fun – 2016

You may find inspiration for your own GS World Thinking Day or International event from the ideas and photos shared from leaders across the country.…

Service Unit International Event Fun

You may find inspiration for your own Thinking Day or International event as you read about the Girl Scout Thinking Day event put together by a Service Unit in Delaware.…

International Event Fun – 2014

Read about what other troops have done to represent Hungary, Spain, Germany, Ireland and Egypt for their Girl Scout Thinking Day or International celebrations…

Thinking Day Celebrations

Seeing what other troops have done will inspire you to think of more great ideas for your Girl Scout Thinking Day or International celebration.…

Ideas for Thinking Day* – Carnival

Photos and instructions show how to turn a Thinking Day* or International event into a carnival with games.…

Celebrating Thinking Day* – ideas are endless!

Readers submitted photos and stories from how they have celebrated Thinking Day* or International event.…

International Event Celebrations with a theme

A reader shared various themes and photos from past Girl Scout Thinking Day or International celebrations.…

patch+fiji

Fiji Patch
2″ Embroidered, Iron-on

$0.99

New Zealand Girl Scout Thinking Day Fun Patch

New Zealand Patch
2″ Embroidered, Iron-on

$0.99

New Zealand is an island nation with two main islands and many smaller ones. Girls who are researching the rich culture of New Zealand can explore weaving, carving or Ta Moko (tattooing) techniques. They can learn a few phrases in Maori which is the language of the native people. The girls will probably have the most fun demonstrating the haka which is a type of ancient Maori war dance that is performed today at celebrations and even before some rugby games.
Fiji is one of the most developed Pacific Islands. It is a vacation destination known for its luxurious private-island resorts and world-famous scuba diving. More than 200 of its 333 islands remain uninhabited, but people on the other 100 islands love to shout their enthusiastic greeting, “Bula!” Junior Girl Scouts who earn the Inside Government badge, may be interested to learn that Fiji has a Senate and a House of Representatives where a set number of seats are reserved for members of three distinct ethnic groups. Print free mini postcards and use letter beads for Swapping pins or make mini woven hats. Other Swapping pins for Fiji might incorporate silver and gold beads because this country maintains a strong economy based on gold and silver mining as well as agriculture and tourism. The youngest troops could make our Silver and Gold Daisy swapping pins or any level could choose our Silver and Gold Pins for Swapping kit with intricate friend charms.
Tahiti includes 118 islands, the most celebrated of which is Bora Bora known for overwater bungalows, French-influenced cuisine and exotic culture.
Samoa is not just a delicious cookie. The famous treat got its name from a group of nine islands where life is still governed by Fa’a Samoa (The Samoan Way), where family and elders are respected and villages are presided over by matai (chiefs). Consider our cookie pins for swapping for Samoa.
The Solomon Islands were an area of fierce fighting between the United States and Japan during World War II. The island’s major exports are timber, fish, copra and palm oil. Other natural resources include minerals and agriculture- cocoa beans, coconuts, rice, potatoes, vegetables, beef and pork.
Tonga which straddles the western side of the International Dateline (so Tongans are first to greet the new day) consists of 176 islands, 52 inhabited and ruled by one king.
Easter Island (Rapa Nui) offers rugged beauty and a blend of cultures. It was settled by Poynisians and is owned by Chili but earned its modern name when it was discovered by the Dutch on Easter Sunday in 1722. This remote 63-square-mile island is home to about 5,000 people and 800 moai, giant stone statues.
Vanuatu is spread among 83 islands which are mostly mountainous and are home to several active volcanoes. Vanuatans speak 113 languages, but all celebrate life with a series of rituals and events, making it a fascinating spot to visit.
Papua New Guinea, which includes 600 islands, is a destination for adventure-seekers and bird watchers. So try our binocular pins for swapping kit. Costumes could include elaborate body tattoos and a fun craft idea for your booth is to copy local wood-carving techniques.
Palau was featured a few years ago on the television show “Survivor” but was already well-known to divers, who claim its waters are some of the planet’s best. Only nine of this country’s 340 islands are inhabited but others also offer stunning forests, waterfalls and amazing beaches.
Other islands in the South Pacific include Guam Nauru, New Caledonia, Tokelau, French Polynesia, Niue, the Northern Mariana Islands, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and Tuvalu, Kiribati, Vanuatu, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Pitcairn Island and the island of Wallis and Futuna.

We have Swapping pin kits, coloring pages, fun patches and more for:

  • Fiji
  • New Zealand

The following are also WAGGGS members:

  • Cook Islands
  • Kiribati
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Solomon Islands
  • Tonga

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