Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Slide of the Month- Elephant (Cub Scouts)

September 2021

Time to make: 1/2 hour

Finishing: none

Original design:  Unknown

Hopefully we are all back in person now and as quite a few packs start at the beginning of the school year, lets get the Cubs off to a good start with a simple slide with simple materials.

The original Boy's Life slide called for using an old inner tube and while they are still around, finding a old inner tube isn't as common as it was back in 1961. I found something better and easier to work with in the scrapbooking section of a craft store. The best part is that it comes in a variety of colors and won't break the bank. Buttons are easy to find and you might just have a couple in a sewing kit at home. If you are going to do this with the Cubs, I would suggest making a template out of cardboard or heavy card stock so the Cubs can trace the shape on to the foam sheet before cutting. On to the building...

With the design outline on the foam sheet, I cut out the  shapes with a pair of scissors. (Note: I did make the tabs a little longer than the article call so I could adjust the size of loop and trim it accordingly.)
 Next came cutting the slits for tabs in the ear section which with the foam sheet is really easy. Fold the foam in half along the marked line for the tabs and cut along the line (easy peasy). Now pass the tabs through the slits and form a loop in the back by gluing the tabs together. I used contact cement but I guess you could use just about any kind of glue, staple or sew it together. The button eyes of the elephant, I also glued on instead of sewing them on, as suggest by the article, but once again it's up to you.

It's a quick and easy project for Lions to Webelo's!  

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