November 2008 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue
December 2008 Theme
Craftsman and Scientist
PACK AND DEN ACTIVITIES
Paper Bag Luminaries
brown paper lunch bag (for each
tea lights or votive candles,
Take a brown paper lunch bag and
Trace a simple pattern in pencil on one side.
Punch out your design with a hole punch.
Fill each luminary with about 2 inches of sand and
Sink a votive candle or tea light in the center.
Place the luminaries along a walk, patio, or deck.
Have a grown-up light them and then bask in the glow.
Milk Jug Luminary
plastic gallon milk containers,
Clean milk gallons and remove all
On the side nearest the handle, cut
a slit one inch tall and three inches long about one inch up from the bottom.
Pour about one inch of sand into
the container. Shake to distribute sand evenly.
Push tea or votive light into the
middle of the sand. Use fireplace matches to light.
Cost for 8= $1.00 or less.
These are very unusual
luminary. They don't blow over or get snuffed out if it's wet and windy. They
give a lovely white light. At a cost of 10 cents each, they are a very
inexpensive way to decorate the outdoors at Christmas and other times of the
year. Care must be taken to place the tea light near the center of the
container but not directly under the spout.
IDEAS FOR PACK ACTIVITIES:
Baltimore Area Council
Go caroling at a local Nursing Home
Sponsor a mitten and hat tree for the needy
Collect non-perishable food items for the needy
Collect new toys for needy children
Have a Pack Holiday dinner
IDEAS FOR DEN ACTIVITIES:
Baltimore Area Council
Make Christmas decorations
Conduct a food drive or collect coats and gloves for the needy
Make Christmas cards and gifts
Make holiday cookies
Go on a trip at night to see Holiday Lights in your neighborhood
Do a good turn for a friend or neighbor
Pack Mitten Tree
While we haven’t done this as a Pack, I’ve seen it done at
local businesses and churches. Each child/family is asked to bring in a pair of
mittens, a scarf, and/or a hat to hang on the tree in the meeting area. After
the meeting, the donations are packaged and given to one of the local clothing
banks or other clothing distribution facilities.
base (a pizza box is perfect or a cake round), lots of popped corn, glue, yarn,
Directions: Cut the center of the cardboard out to
create the wreath base. Punch a hole near the edge and tie a loop of yarn
through it to be used for hanging later. Pour glue out on a recycled meat
tray. Put the popped corn into a bowl, and one at a time dip in the glue and
stick onto the wreath base. Cover the base completely with the popcorn.
Decorate with tiny yarn or ribbon bows, glued on here and there.
Holiday Smells From Far Away
construction paper, medium grade sandpaper, holiday cookie cutter, pencil,
scissors, ground cinnamon, glue, markers, envelope
Directions: Fold a. piece of construction paper in
half to form a card. Trace cookie cutter onto sandpaper and cut out shape.
Sprinkle cinnamon on the sandpaper, and rub in with your finger. Shake off the
excess spice. Glue the cookie shapes on the front of the card. Write your
holiday message inside the card. Mail to someone special.
Materials – construction paper, scissors, patterns,
Cut strips of construction paper or patters from
construction paper (see guide).
Chain #1 -
For the strips, glue one strip into a circle and
Continue to add additional strips,
Connect each one to the previous one by gluing additional
circles until a long chain is completed.
Length depends on the Scout’s attention span.
Chains #2 & 3 -
These ideas do not require gluing.
Challenge Scouts to invent their own shapes for a chain.
Use the chains to decorate for your pack meeting.
12 Days Of Cubbing
Have the boys work together on
their own carol based on the 12 Days of Christmas, but titled “The 12 Days of
Cubbing. You should start them with a sheet that lists out the basic lyrics,
On the first day of Cubbing,
my CUBMASTER gave to me, a BOBCAT BADGE FOR ALL TO SEE
On the second day of Cubbing,
my gave to me, a
On the third day of Cubbing,
my gave to me, a
cone, toothpicks, candy gumdrops
Directions: Place gumdrops on table. Stick a
toothpick into each gumdrop. Press toothpicks into Styrofoam cone. Cover the
cone completely. Tie ornaments are edible.
Stamped Christmas Wrapping Paper
shaped sponges, or sponges you cut into shapes, tempera paint paper towels,
construction paper or white butcher paper, paint tray
Directions: Pour tempera paint over several layers
of paper towels on tray to form an inkpad. Dip sponges into paint. Tamp onto
paper. When dry, use as gift-wrap.
Potted Christmas Tree
branch, potting dish, Styrofoam, fabric, scissors
Directions: Find a nicely shaped tree branch on the
ground. (Do not cut a live branch). Place it in a pot. Secure it in a piece of
Styrofoam or bed of small rocks. Cut a piece of fabric large enough to cover
the top of the pot. Cut a hole in the center and slash to the outer edge. Use
it as a tree skirt. As the Christmas season progresses, decorate with ornaments
you have made.
Materials: Paper cups,
tin foil, ribbon, jingle bells
Directions: Cover cups with foil. Punch a hole in
the bottom of each and string a ribbon through the hole, securing with a knot.
Tie a jingle bell (or two) at the other end of the ribbon. Hang from Christmas
Caps On! Caps Off! Clipper!
Wood measuring stick, 5 wooden spring clothes pins,
wood glue (greater strength), Glue gun (impatient boys), paints and brushes
Glue one clothespin at each of the
6", 12", 18", 24", and 30" marks. Use either wood glue or hot glue depending on
your needs. Body of pins should line up on the centerline of the stick. Jaws
should line up with numbers.
Paint a funny face on each pin.
Clip a baseball cap at each pin and
hang on wall.
Less than $1.00 apiece. Frequently local merchants will donate the measuring
sticks, so cost drops to 15 cents each.
Very popular with boys because
it is both practical (holds five baseball caps) and fanciful (chomping monster
faces). These can be very quick to make if no decorating is done. Some boys
will really get into painting and decorating the faces so allow time for it. Be
sure the pins are glued down so that jaws are at opposite end of stick from the
hanging hole or the chomping monsters will be hidden by the caps when the stick
is hung on a wall. These make great craft sale items.
red, green, or white spray paint gold or silver paint, string or thread, paint
Directions: Put the pinecones on a sheet of
newspaper. Spray the cones on one side. Allow them to dry, then spray the
other side. When dry, paint the tips in gold or silver and let dry. If cones
are "soft', sew a foot-long heavy thread through the bottom of each cone. If
they are wooden-like, tie a ribbon through the bottom spurs of each cone. Now,
you have ornaments for packages, a wreath, a Christmas tree, or to hang on a
door with a big bow.
Christmas Tree Ornaments
Ingredients: 4 cups
flour, 1 cup salt, 1 1/2 cups water, paper clips, tempera paints, thread, clear
Directions: Mix the flour, salt and water to make
flour clay. Rub your hands with flour and knead the mixture for at least five
minutes, until thickened. Mold and shape the clay into Christmas wreaths,
trees, stars, or whatever you like. For adding details, try using a toothpick
to "etch" the clay. Finished pieces should be no thicker than 1/2 inch and no
bigger than 3 inches. For a hanging hook, stick one end of a paper clip into
the shape. Cover a cookie sheet with foil, and place your clay shapes on it.
Bake in an oven at 350 degrees for about 12 to 20 minutes. When done, your clay
will be light brown in color. When tapped with a fork, it will make a solid
ringing sound. Decorate your clay ornaments with paints. When paint is dry,
spray the ornaments with clear plastic coating. Tie a thread through each paper
clip and hang them on your tree.
greeting cards, scissors, thread or thin string, and a hole punch
Directions: Select pictures, designs or greetings
that would make attractive gift tags (make sure there is no writing on the
back). Cut the tags into different shapes and sizes or make small folders.
Punch a hole in the corner of each tag. Cut a 5" piece of string, loop it
through the hole and knot.
Read a story or poem about snow
There is something magical about snow, the way it blankets fields, and rests on
tree branches; the way it softens a landscape, and quiets a city.
The Big Snow,
Berta and Elmer Hader (story)
Marie Louise Allen (poem)
It Fell in the City,
Eve Merriam (poem)
The Snowy Day,
Ezra Jack Keats (story)
Stopping by Woods on m Snowy Evening
Robert Frost (poem}
When All the World Is Full of Snow,
N.M. Bodecker (poem)
Rudolph Tie Slide
Baltimore Area Council
Use a regular size flat clothespin.
Cut legs" of clothespin off with coping saw. The legs will
not be used.
Sand & stain or paint the clothespin head light brown.
Turn clothespin upside down (cut off part becomes top of his
Glue on 7mm wiggle eyes.
Trace antler pattern onto brown felt.
Cut out & glue on a 6mm red faceted plastic bead for-nose.
Draw mouth with fine line black felt tip marker or paint pen.
Glue plastic drapery ring on back for tie slide.
Kinara for Kwanzaa
Flat piece of wood 12" long
Seven bottle caps
One black candle
Three red candles
Three green candles
Cut seven six inch squares of aluminum foil.
Put bottle caps on each square of foil, and mold each to look like
a cup to hold a candle.
Decorate the piece of wood,
Then place each foiled cup on the piece of wood, evenly spaced,
then glue each.
Allow time to dry,
Then place one black candle in the center holder, with three red
candles to the left of the black candle, and three green candles to the right of
the black candle.
Press the aluminum tight to hold the candles in place.
Put 3 cups of uncooked white rice in a metal bowl.
Drop food coloring on the rice.
Stir the rice with a metal spoon to distribute the color evenly
throughout the rice.
Clean and dry eight baby food jars (or jars of about the same
size) and one taller jar and their lids.
Fill each jar to with in 3/4" of the top of the jars.
Push a menorah candle into the rice in each jar.
Arrange the candles on the table with the taller jar in the
Menorah odd piece of wood (oblong); bottle
caps, wooden spools, etc., paint, glue. Must have 9 holders, one either larger
elevated as the "Shammas.
Stained Glass Windows waxed paper, shapes
of tissue paper (can also be done with Christmas colors and symbols). Iron
Hanukkah shapes between two pieces of wax paper.
Holiday cards (may also be done with
Christmas symbols) dip holiday cookie cutters in paint and print on colored
paper (can also use potato or vegetable print)
Coffee Can Stilts
need two large coffee cans. Clean and dry them. Get your Den Leader to help
you make two holes in the can, one on one side and then one on the other. Then
you do the same with the second can.
the end of a rope into one hole and then the other end through the other hole on
one of the cans. Get help to measure how long the rope should be according to
how tall you are while your standing on the can. After you have the length you
need tie the two loose ends together inside the can. Cut off any excess rope.
Repeat for other can. Now you have stilts to walk around on. Lots of fun.
Magic Reindeer Food
Santa's reindeer will be hungry when they get to your house. While Santa's
inside eating the cookie and milk you left him, the reindeer will be waiting
outside. How about leaving them some reindeer food?
If you live in an area
where you have lots of animals like pets or wild animals they might get to the
reindeer food, before the reindeer and they might eat it. Glitter might hurt
real animal stomachs and Santa's reindeer will still enjoy the feast without
In a Ziploc bag, put a little bit of
uncooked oats and glitter.
Shake to mix.
Place this poem inside the bag and hand
On Christmas Eve Night
Before the little ones yawn
Sprinkle "Magic Reindeer Rood"
On your front lawn
The smell of the oats
And the sparkles so bright
Will surely help Rudolph
With his Christmas Eve flight.
Materials: Styrofoam pieces for base, 9
peppermint sticks, 9 candy kisses
Directions: Cut a 1" square of
foam and glue to center of foam base. Push four peppermint sticks into the foam
to one side of the center. Push four peppermint sticks into the other side.
Push the central peppermint stick into the center.
the first day of Hanukkah, "light" the Shamash and the first "candle" on the
right. To light the candles, dab some frosting onto the top of the candy stick
and attach a candy kiss. Candles are lit from right to left. On the eighth
day, the edible parts of the menorah may be eaten in celebration of the holiday.
Crafts On Theme Table
Many Families have traditions
surrounding ornaments and decorations for the holidays. Have the boys in your
den or pack share their traditions with each other. Here are some ideas that
you can share with them.
Decorate the tree with a chain
made by pushing a needle and thread through pieces of popcorn. Easier still
thread string or yarn through items with a hole already in it such as Cheerios,
Fruit Loops. or Apple Jacks. Noodles of various types can be dyed with food
coloring, painted or used as is to make an interesting chain.
Boys love counting down the days
left to Christmas. A simple count down chain can be made by gluing or taping
strips of paper though each other to make a chain. Use a strip of paper for
each day needed for the count down. The chain can be attached to a paper that
is decorated to represent the holiday.
Egg Cup Santa
Here is a fat, jolly Santa made
from egg cartons, cotton, and paint. Cut out four of the eggcup sections below
the portion of carton which joins one cup to another so that you have only the
round bottom half. Color three of the cups red on the outside with poster paint
or crayon and one white. Glue two of the red sections together where they have
been cut. Glue the third red section on top of the white one, again joining at
the cut part. Twist some cotton into a thick cord and glue this around the
seams you have made on the cups for the trim on Santa’s hat bottom jacket trim.
Make a tassel for his hat, hair and whiskers out of cotton. With paint or
crayon color his eyes, nose, mouth and buttons for his coat. Glue the two halves
MORE GAMES AND ACTIVITIES
Sam Houston Area Council
From the Cub Scout Leader How-To Book –
Planning a big Pack Christmas
(or other Holiday) event?
Go to Planning Special Events on page 6-1
Don’t know what to do with all
See Holiday Jigsaw Puzzle on page 5-25
Audience Participation?? - the
best one ever written -
The House Where Santa Lives, page 5-6
Need a skit or puppet play??
The Animals' Christmas Story, page 5-24
Materials found in Baloo's Bugle may be used by Scouters for Scouting activities provided that Baloo's Bugle and the original contributors are cited as the source of the material.