Up, up and away

Includes: Indoors, Girls in the lead

Activity time:
1 meeting


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Putting ideas into action

Get girls thinking about how to make plans a reality.


  1. Before the session, draw a hot air balloon on the flipchart or construction paper. Include clouds in the sky, ropes tethering it to the ground and the basket hanging beneath the balloon.
  2. Show the picture to the group and explain that they are going to plan an activity using this image to help. The balloon represents the Go For It! or project they wish to do.
  3. On the sticky notes, girls should write or draw the ideas or comments that they come up with for steps 4 to 8 below. Help them clarify their ideas and group similar ones together before moving on to the next step.
  4. On the balloon, add comments/ideas about things that will need to be in place for the project to ‘take off’.
  5. On the basket, add notes about who can help them achieve the project – Leaders, parents and so on.
  6. On the ropes, add comments about who or what could hold you back before you have even started the project.
  7. On the clouds, add comments about what could blow your project off course once it has started.
  8. Around the balloon, add comments about the different things that will help make the idea happen – such as commitment, remembering to bring equipment, and so on.

Planning checklist

Safety notes

Section Number of girls per adult
Rainbows 5
Brownies 8
Guides 12

How many adults are needed?

Use this calculator to find out the ratio of girls to adults that is required for this activity

2 adults needed