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.
Culture, History, and Art
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.
This article from Metals Wired includes simple explanations for obverse (heads), reverse (tails), field, relief, rim, edge, legend, motto, date, and mint marks.
Boy’s Life magazine has some tips includings finding a dealer, learning about coin grading, storing your collection, getting the supplies you need, and starting your collection.
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.
This a story about the cold winter when Paul Bunyan found Babe the Blue Ox. A few words and names are repeated throughout the story. Your audience will be divided into groups and assigned a word or name. Whenever they hear it, they must say something – loudly and with enthusiasm – and do an action. Cub Scouts usually enjoy these “action stories”.
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.
The Making a Film skit is one of the most versatile skits in a Scout’s arsenal. It can be adjusted to any theme or holiday.
How do you do Cub Scout genealogy requirements when you have children from non-traditional families who may not know who their grandparents or even parents are?
The story of the Paul Bunyan at a Cub Scout reading level . It includes a variety of tall tales from Paul Bunyan lore.
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.
There are several Scouting achievements related to collecting. So how do you start a collection? Here are some tips to get started.
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.
My Webelos den has been working on their Showman activity badge. For requirement 2, they wrote their own puppet play.
The story of the Pony Express at a Cub Scout level. Can be used to introduce the concept of storytelling.
This shortened version of the tall tale of Rip Van Winkle is appropriate for Cub Scouts
International Strange Music Day is a day to listen to new types of music. We all have our favorite music, but this day encourages us to listen to a new genre and appreciate different types of music. Here are some ways to celebrate this day with your Scouting program.
January 4 is National Trivia Day. It celebrates all of those little bits of knowledge. This can be a fun one to celebrate with Scouts of all ages. Here are some ideas.
Scouts BSA learn about books, libraries, and card catalogs while working on the Reading merit badge. They read some books. They also perform service related to reading, such as reading to children or people with disabilities.
Tigers learn about some creative ways to communicate for the Tiger Theater Adventure. The Cub Scouts learn about puppet shows, reader’s theater, and pantomime. They also put on a little show of their own and watch a play or attend a story time at a library.
On New Year’s Day we remember the past year and look to the future. You probably aren’t meeting on New Year’s Day, but if you are meeting near this date you can add some time related activities for fun with these ideas.
January 2 is Science Fiction Day. This day encourages everyone to pick up a science fiction book and immerse themselves in a new reality. Science fiction encourages us to consider that the world can be different than it is now – better or worse – and our actions will make an impact on the future. So read a book, sing a song or play a game saluting Star Wars or Star Trek. Some books, songs, and games are suggested in this article.
Let’s Laugh Day is held every year on March 19. Don’t forget that your Scouting program should be fun! Laughing helps everyone relax and it can be contagious.
Dr. Seuss Day is a day to celebrate the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, the wonderful books he wrote, and reading in general.
Uncovering the Past is the Cub Scout Nova Award for archaeology. To earn this award, Cub Scouts explore topics such as artifacts, ecofacts, dig sites, and petroglyphs . They must also complete one of their adventures related to culture and history.
St. Patrick’s Day is March 17 every year. On this one day of the year, everyone is at least a wee bit Irish! Channel your inner leprechaun with these ideas.
Bear Cub Scouts learn about musical instruments from around the world while working on the A World of Sound adventure. They make a mbira, a sistrum, and a rain stick .
Project Family is one of the Webelos/Arrow of Light elective adventures. For the Project Family adventure, Webelos learn about family history and discover different ways they can participate as a family member.