Culture, History, and Art

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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My Story, Your Story, History

My Story Mystery Game

The My Story Mystery Game is a great way to get to know some “history” about a group of individuals. It makes a great icebreaker. It can also serve as an introduction to a discussion about oral history and storytelling.

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The Legend of Pecos Bill

Here is some information about Pecos Bill written at a Cub Scout reading level. After they read the story, talk about how tall tales incorporated real ideas.

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The Legend of Bigfoot

Tall Tales was one of the activities my den enjoyed doing this past year. The only problem I had was finding versions of the tales which were appropriate for their age and reading levels.

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