If you are doing a cycling theme theme with Cub Scouts, they might enjoy making their own “license plates” for their bikes. They can put their names on them or decorate them however they like.
I saw this at a bike rodeo once and they were really simple. Even if they weren’t perfect, they kids seemed to really enjoy doing them. Our pack might do a bike rodeo this fall, so I will offer to do this as a station at the event.
- Aluminum pie plates
- Old magazines
- Pen or pencil
- Permanent markers (multiple colors are the most fun)
- Ice pick or awl
- Cut a 3 inch by 5 inch piece of aluminum from the pie plate. (This doesn’t have to be exact. Just make it big enough to work on and approximately license plate shaped.)
- Place it on an old magazine, so there is some “give” underneath it when pressed upon.
- Using a pen or pencil, press the name or design onto the aluminum.
- Use the markers to color the plate.
- Punch a hole in both of the top ends with the ice pick or awl.
- Cut a piece of twine to about twelve inches.
- Attach the license plate to the bicycle by threading the twine through the holes and knotting the ends.
- Cut off any excess twine.
- Ride with pride!