Blog | 42 days of summer: week five
Scouts don't get bored – we've been having fun and going on adventures for more than a century. So if your kids find themselves at a loose end, Scouts can help. Keep them amused with our list of 42 thrifty things to do. That’s one for every day of the school holidays!
29. Draw and animate your own characters by constructing a simple zoetrope. Come up with a cartoon strip and make it move before your very eyes!
30. Stage a scavenger hunt. Can your kids race to find a list of items in your house, garden or local park? Make sure you've got a prize for the winner…
31. Make a rubber-band helicopter from card, lolly sticks, paperclips, an elastic band and a plastic propeller (which can be bought online for about 25p). How high can you fly? Here’s a great step-by-step instructable.
32. Try free running. It’s one of the world's fastest-growing sports, and can be seen in almost every new Hollywood action movie. Yet all you need is a pair of trainers. Start small and gradually build up your repertoire of moves to stay safe. Check out freerunning expert Dan Edwardes' take on the benefits of this all-action pursuit.
33. Go beachcombing. It's amazing what washes up on our shores. Take advantage of a trip to the seaside to see what flotsam and jetsam you can find. Collect some and use it to create some cool beach art.
34. Skim stones. It's a classic pastime that never fails to amuse. How many 'skips' can you manage? Which stones are best for skimming?
35. Carve an atlatl. This is a traditional throwing spear, which can be made from a straight stick and a forked branch. Throw them at targets or balloons, but never at other people or animals.
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