Janet-Claire Deschanel (jdeschanel@HOTMAIL.COM)
Thu, 23 Oct 1997 18:18:07 PDT
Hi! Janet-Claire here!
Our boys love what we call "Land-Skis," which are 8-foot lengths of 2x3
wood, holes drilled sideways through the boards in the middle and toward
each end, with loops of rope through each hole. Three boys use each
pair of Land-Skis in a coordinated left-foot, right-foot race with other
teans. Sturdy enough for adults, too! 2x4's would be more solid, I
guess, but heavier. I've probably made this description far too
technical! I found them easy to make, and the boys go crazy over them!
Another event that we like is the "raingutter regatta," but I would
generally have a wading pool off to the side, so that the boys who
weren't "competing" would have a place to play boats. (Honestly, I
think they like the unstructured play more than the regatta!)
I was also at a large Scout event that had a HUGE collection of
cardboard boxes taped together as a tunnel-maze. (Lots of quick-exit
panels, also, so no one felt trapped.) Again, the boys went crazy!
I hope that these suggestions are useful to you! Let me know how things
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