Re: It's JLT time again
Greg L. Gough (ggough@MAIL.ORION.ORG)
Tue, 3 Sep 1996 08:09:26 -0500
How about the Native American numbering system?
Ever heard of it?
Here it goes, all you need is about 4 - 6 sticks, pencils or the sort.
Explain to the scouts that this is an ancient numbering system that uses
symbols to represent numbers. Have them on one side of the table and you
on the other. Arrange the sticks in any random pattern. Then ask "what
number is this?" You should place both hands on the table resting on
your knuckles. I say knuckles but you must extend the appropriate
number of fingers to represent the number you are looking for. i.e. the
number 5 would be one hand open palm down fingers spread, the other hand
closed. This works best if you lean over the pattern and make it look
like your hands are being leaned on while you study the pattern.
Typically the scouts will guess, when they guess right say "that is a
five" then mix them up and go again. It will take them a while and once
you have a few that get it you can have them answer when the group is
stumped. Enjoy :)
SM Troop 201, Ozark, MO. I used to be an Owl but I will always be an Eagle!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City