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Activity Alley was an attraction at the 2002 Mid-America Council's
University of Scouting Midway, held at Girls and Boys Town, November 9, 2002.
You are welcome to use these ideas for your den and/or pack meetings.

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Craft Stick Puzzles
1. Select 5-7 large (straight) craft sticks and lay them side by side with the edges even.
2. Place 2 strips of masking tape across them toward the edges.
3. Turn over the sticks and use paint pens or magic markers to make a picture.
4. When dry, remove the tapes, mix the sticks and put the puzzle together!

The puzzle becomes more fun if you paint large items that cover more thank one or two sticks. It's also more interesting if part of an item "goes off" the sticks (i.e. image is not fully contained on the sticks).

Cut cardstock into bookmark sized rectangles. Or check with a printer for any castoff cardstock. Punch one hole 1/2" from one short end. Use markers and stickers to decorate the bookmark. Cut an 8" piece of 1/4" satin ribbon and tie this into the hole. Be sure to put your name somewhere on the bookmark so the recipient remembers you!

Straw-powered Rockets
1. Cut a regular sheet of typing (copier) paper into 4 rectangles.
2. Starting on a long edge, roll one rectangle paper tightly around a pencil.
3. Tape this cylinder and remove the pencil.
4. Fold over one end 1/2" and tape it down so no air can escape through the cylinder.
5. Cut three triangular shaped fins and fold over 1/4" on one edge of each.
6. Tape these, spaced evenly, around the other end of the cylinder.
7. Slip a straight (non-bendable) straw inside the cylinder, point the rocket in a safe direction and launch it by blowing through the straw.

Stressed Out Neckerchief Slides
These are probably more appropriate for leaders, but fun for the boys to make too.

1. Get some telephone or computer cable wire (24-gauge is best).
2. Cut a 2-foot length, remove the conduit and any "wrapping" string so you have just the many colored wires.
3. Select 3 or 4 of these wires and align them into one bunch so the ends are even.
4. Bend this mass of wires in half around your index finger (so the ends are even) and make a couple tight twists (i.e. like twisting a twist-tie around the bread wrapper).
5. The "hole" formed is the part your neckerchief ends will slide through.
6. Then, using an unsharpened pencil (or something else about that diameter), start wrapping each wire around the pencil (keep the loops tight - close together) into little corkscrews.
7. Repeat this process for each end of wire.

You will create a "springy" neckerchief slide whose corkscrews can be adjusted to match your level of stress!

Pudding in a Baggie
Individual Serving:
1 Tblsp. instant pudding
1/4 cup milk
1 ziplock sandwich bag

1. Place ingredients in the ziplock bag and squeeze out most of the air.
2. Squish and moosh the bag until all the ingredients are well mixed and there is a creamy consistency. Let it "set."
3. To eat, cut off a small corner and squeeze pudding into mouth.

Marshmallow Blowguns
Cut 1/2" diameter PVC pipe into 8" lengths. You can use a saw or purchase a cutter tool made especially to cut PVC pipe. Make sure both ends are smooth. You may want to sand them to be sure. Wash them in warm soapy water and dry them. Have each person write his/her name on the pipe with a marker, and optionally, decorate it. Set up a target (hang a large bulls-eye paper target, place boxes/cans on the ground to catch the used marshmallows) and let the boys blow mini marshmallows at the target.

Beanbag Toss
1. Place buckets in a row, preferably at "stepped" levels.
2. Toss beanbags into buckets, starting with the closest one.
3. Keep advancing as long as you make a basket.

Electronic Matching Game
Materials: dry cell and battery holder, 22 gauge insulated hook-up wire, nail, miniature 1.5 volt bulb, miniature socket to fit bulb, cardboard

1. Use the nail to punch six holes down the left side of a piece of cardboard and six holes down the right side.
2. Cut the wire into 6 pieces that will comfortably extend between any hole on the left side to any hole on the right side of the cardboard.
3. Strip 1/2" of the insulation from both ends of the wires. Place the end of each wire in any vacant hole on the left and the other end in any vacant hole on the right. Secure wires in place with hot glue.
4. Cut another length of wire, strip the ends, and connect one end to one of the dry cell holder terminals and the other end to one of the socket terminals.
5. Connect a second wire (with the insulation stripped off the ends) to the remaining terminal of the dry cell holder.
6. Attach a third wire (with stripped ends) to the remaining terminal of the socket.
7. Test: by touching the two free ends of the wires together briefly. The light should go on.
8. Write a question next to one of the holes on tile left side of the cardboard.
9. Follow the wire from the left side to its end on the right.
10. Write the answer to this question next to the hole on the right side of the cardboard that holds the opposite end of the wire.
11. Continue this procedure for all 6 wires.
12. Ask a friend to take the two free ends of the wires from the cell holder and socket and touch the matching questions and answers. The light bulb will light up when the answer is correct.

NOTE: Instead of steps 4-6, you can substitute a simple voltmeter. One that beeps when a successful connection is made is best.