February Cub Scout Roundtable Issue
Volume 7, Issue 7
Man's Best Friend
Webelos Athlete & Engineer
Tiger Big Ideas 12 & 13
Rules for approaching a dog.
dog sniff you
permission to pet a dog
Not move or shout
not go near a dog while he is eating
from the Icelandic word doggr.
A demonstration about dogs
can be a fun activity for Cub Scouts. Be sure to
do the presentation in an
area with plenty of room. Coach
the audience about asking before petting a dog.
Be aware some children and adults are afraid of dogs. Call in advance to make arrangements. Here are a few
sources to check out:
1. Police - Many police
stations have dogs especially trained to do police work. They might also
have a dog trained to work in the drug enforcement division.
2. Military-Military bases
often use guard dogs to protect the base.
3. Animal Shelter - A visit
to the animal shelter can help teach the youth about pet care. Call first.
4. 4H - Seeing eye dogs are
raised from pups in a loving home before completing their training are
raised as 4H projects.
5. Other animals can also
be seen at a pet aviary, horse stables, and the zoo. Ask around, there are
people who raise farm animals, petting zoos, and animals for TV
family dog will look pretty as a picture when her snapshot is displayed in
this dog-bone frame.
Flat wooden frame, dog-bone treats, water based high-gloss polyurethane,
small paintbrush, hot glue
the glass and the cardboard backing from a flat wooden frame and set them
aside. Lay the wood, face side
up, on a flat working surface and arrange crunchy dog-bone treats on top of
it. Place them horizontally,
end to end to fashion a border all the way around, or diagonally to accent
2: Once the
pattern is determined, remove the dog bones, lay them face down, and apply a
coat of water-based high-gloss polyurethane to the backs.
Once dry, hot-glue the bones to the frame so the polyurethane sides
are against the frame (adults only.)
polyurethane to the tops and sides of the glued-on bones, let dry and apply
another coat of polyurethane.
4: When the
final coat is completely dry, insert your photo and reassemble the frame.
out where your local Humane Society is located. Call to find out about educational services, some have tours
and classes for children that your group might be able to join in, some have
reproducible educational materials on caring for pets and animal safety.
on Simon Says, preface the commands with “the trainer says”.
Use appropriate dog tricks or behaviors such as lie down, beg for a
treat, roll over, speak (woof), scratch your ear, wag your tail, show your
tongue and pant.
do dogs help other people?
someone from the blind association to bring a guide dog in and to talk to
the class about the dog and what he does, how he is trained, etc.
a policeman come and talk about how dogs help them in their job.
is a great game -- indoors or out -- for toddlers or mixed age groups.
Everyone sits in a semi-circle and, one at a time; each child is
given the name of an animal to act out (without sound).
You can simplify the game by saying -- this is a barnyard animal, an
animal from Australia, or the zoo.
Dog Bone Magnet
Heart of America
Dog bone snack, acrylic
Sealer (clear) felt, moveable eyes, scissors, 2 small pom poms, 1 medium
size (2 1/4") pom pom, (buy in fringe department), Magnetic tape, craft
1. Dip bone into clear
acrylic and allow to dry.
2. Glue pom pom in center.
Add felt ears and small nose pom pom or felt circle.
3. Glue on moveable eyes.
Add magnetic tape to back of bone.
Heart of America Council
1/2 cup Cornmeal, 6 tablespoons Oil, 2/3 cup water or meat broth, 2 cup
whole wheat flour Rolling pin, Cookie cutters (bone shaped would be fun)
Use of an oven
1. Mix dry ingredients
together, add wet ingredients.
2. Use your hands to mush
it up well. If it feels too dry, add a few drops of water. If it feels too
wet, add a teaspoon of flour at a time until it feels soft but not sticky.
Careful not to over-mush or the dough will get tough.
3. Roll out about 1/2"
thick on a flour dusted surface, cut out with any shape of cookie cutters.
Place on cookie sheet.
4. Bake at 350 degrees for
about 30-35 minutes, or until lightly golden.
5. Be sure to let cool
before giving to your pet!
A Pooch’s Place Mat
Heart of America Council
Poster board, Dog bone shaped cookie cutter, Potato, Knife, Acrylic paint
Paper plate or pie tin, Paper towels, Clear Contact paper
1. Cut a place mat shape
from poster board. Then press a
dog bone cookie cutter into the cut surface of a potato half and leave it in
place. Pare away a 1/4" layer of potato from around the cutter. Remove
the cutter and blot the potato with a paper towel.
2. Pour some acrylic paint
on a paper plate or pie tin. Press the stamp into the paint, dab off excess
color on newspaper, and print dog bones on the placemat. For the best results, rinse and dry the potato before
switching to another color. Once
the design is dry, laminate the place mat between sheets of clear contact
Heart of America Council
Long thin balloons
(available in craft & hobby stores like Hobby
Lobby, Michael's, US Toy or party stores such as Paper Warehouse)
Optional: Hand or Foot Pump
The first trick to making a
balloon animal is to blow up the balloon.
This is hard. You can
buy a hand pump or use a football pump to help blow up the balloons.
Do not blow the balloon up all the way, you only need a small
Carefully tie the balloon.
When twisting a balloon, always start at the end with the knot.
Do not worry, it will not break if you twist it, but you must hold on
to both ends of the balloon. Otherwise,
the balloon will untwist. The
balloon will not stay twisted by itself.
You have to twist the balloon together.
1. Blow up the balloon half
2. Start at the beginning with the knot and twist a 3 to 4"
bubble or 3 or 4 fingers wide. Make
sure you hang on to both ends of balloon, otherwise it will untwist. Twist
it around 2 or 3 times. Do not worry it will not break. Why didn’t it break? There
is space at the end of the balloon for the trapped air.
That is why we only blow the balloon up half way.
3: While holding on to the
twisted balloon, make another bubble the same size. This will be the one ear.
Do not let go.
4. Make another balloon bubble the same size.
This is the other ear.
5. Twist balloon joints A & B together twist 2 or 4 time all
the way around. The balloon
will not break, and they will stay together.
If yours looks like this, very good; if not, try it again -practice
6: Now for the neck.
Twist a 2 to 3" bubble or 3 or 4 fingers wide.
This is the neck. Make
sure you hang on to the balloon, both parts.
7: To make the legs, start by twisting a 2 to 3" bubble.
Hang on to the neck as you twist the balloon, and do not let go of
8: Second leg, same as the first.
Twist a 2 to 3" bubble. Twist
those two parts together just like you did with the ears.
Remember twist around each other 4 or 5 times.
9. Have a lot of balloon left over?
Hotdog! We make the body
1 hand long. Then twisting;
make sure you hang on to the balloon. Make
the legs like you did in step 7.
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