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    Product Review: Colter Bandanas

    I recently received some bandana product samples from Colter Co. with a request for a review. Love these! In addition to being practical and useful, these bandanas are also fun.

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Table Top Crab Robot Kit

This kit can be used to create a working robot. The robot is a crab which will walk around under it’s own power and avoid obstacles.  More information about the robot kit

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How to Build a Simple Rube Goldberg Machine

Rube Goldberg was a cartoonist and engineer who drew elaborate contraptions to accomplish simple tasks. This article from TinkerLab gives step-by-step details for creating a Rube Goldberg machine. How to build a simple Rube Goldberg machine

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Make a Mbira from Bobby Pins

Almost Unschoolers shows how to make a mbira from bobby pins,  craft sticks, and thumbtacks. A mbira is a “thumb piano” of African origin.  Music is made by plucking metal tines. How to make a simple mbira

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How to Make a Simple Rainstick

Kix cereal has an article which gives step-by-step instructions to make a rainstick from common household materials. A rainstick is an instrument which sounds like rain when you turn it. How to make a rainstick from recycled materials

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The Parts of a Map Lesson

This short video from Leap Frog shows the different parts of a map including the compass rose, legend, and scale. It describes how these parts are used to read the map. See the video at its source

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How to Make a Simple Rekenrek

This article shows how to make a rekenrek using foam board, pony beads, and pipe cleaners. A rekenrek is a visual tool to help children learn how to add and subtract via fives and tens. Make your own rekenrek

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The Parts of a Coin and Mint Marks

This article from Metals Wired includes simple explanations for obverse (heads), reverse (tails), field, relief, rim, edge, legend, motto, date, and mint marks. Learn more about coins at Metals Wired

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Circle Art for Tigers

This project uses circles to create window hangings. All you need is card stock, cardboard, scissors, and contact paper. And maybe some circular items for tracing.  Circle art to explore shapes and scissor skills

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Camping Checklist for Scouts

When preparing for a campout, one of the most common questions from less experienced campers is “What should I bring?” This article from Boy’s Life magazine is a good list of must haves for that campout. See the full article at Boys Life

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Bobcat Ceremony for Space Derby

I recently helped put together a bobcat ceremony for our space derby. I couldn’t find one I liked, so I incorporated a lot of different ideas I had found plus my own. I think it’s worth sharing.

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Poisonous Plants Quiz

Boy Scouts working on their Tenderfoot rank need to learn about poisonous plants. Being able to identify hazardous plants will help all Scouts who are in the outdoors, so this knowledge is not just for rank advancement. Take the quiz at Boy’s Life

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The Germ Song for Germs Alive!

Sandie sent in this question: Where do I find the “Germ Song”, the Mucus demonstration and the Sneeze demonstration? Thanks for the question. These are all requirements for the Wolf Germs Alive! adventure. The song and instructions for the demonstrations can be found in the Wolf Handbook. The sneeze demonstration involves putting confetti in a […]

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