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The Greatest Show on EarthIndian Nations Council

Heavy thread

Spool

Scissors, ruler

Button with loop on back or a washer

Cut 4 pieces of thread each 12" long

Tie one piece of thread to each corner of the paper towel.

Knot together the ends of the  four peices of thread. Slip the thread through the spool.

Tie the knotted thread to the button or washer.

Toss the parachute high into the air and watch it float to the ground.

Paper Plate Frisbee

You'll never be without a Frisbee as long as you have paper plates!

Materials: 2 paper plates and glue

Squeeze a heavy line of glue along the bottom (back) of one plate. Firmly press the bottom of t he second plate onto the glue. Let dry for an hour.

Working With Tin And Metal

Cub Scout metal projects can be divided into three categories:

1. Those with cans and aluminum plates.

2. Those with lids and sheet metal.

3. Those with wire.

Projects with cans generally require such tools as can openers, "church keys", pliers, punch and maybe a hammer. These projects include bird feeders, planters and hobo stoves. Advanced projects would include cutting the can with snips to make candle holders, drinking cups and biscuit or donut cutters.

Projects with frozen orange juice lids or "kerr" lids usually require only a hammer and punch or nail. Here a design is made by denting the metal.  These projects include Christmas tree ornaments, tie slides, necklace or mobile pendants.

Projects with wire or coat hangers usually require pliers, a bending board and a pair of hands. These projects include wiener forks, hanging planters, mobiles and sculpture.

It would be a good idea to have any cutting with snips done and any sharp places removed with a file before the boys arrive. Most boys are not strong enough to cut metals thicker than a postcard. They will probably cut themselves on the sharp edges while they struggle. Even metal from TV dinner plates and pop cans is very sharp and would be better cut by an adult.

You need to plan and prepare for a good project. Your objective is for each boy to be successful, that is, to have all the projects look alike. Otherwise you are sure to have one tugging at your shirt crying, "mine isn't any good. It doesn't look like Bobby's!"

You will probably have to do part of the work before the meetings. This is done to insure the boys can finish during the meeting and to avoid tasks too difficult for the boys.

You will need enough tools for each boy or risk one becoming a trouble maker. If you are short on the number of tools, have something else for the others to do, or have some use the pliers while others use the hammers.  They may still fuss over who does what first, but you tried. It is best to have one tool for each boys, just alike.

No matter what craft you are doing, always have an example of the finished project. Most of the boys you will work with are not able to visualize what you want without holding one in their hands.

Page XCrayons, Crepepaper, Cardboard, Crafts

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