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Build It Up, Knock It Down – Lion

Elective Adventure

Lions will have fun building a structure on their own and as a team.

Requirements

With your Lion adult partner, build a structure.
Building Block House
LocationIndoor
Energy 2
Supply List4
Prep Time2

Use LEGO building blocks to build a house.

  • LEGO building blocks, enough pieces so each Cub Scout can build a house

Before the meeting:

  1. Make sure you have enough LEGO building blocks so that each member of the den can build a house.
  2. Set up the meeting space so Cub Scouts and adult partners can complete the activity together.

During the meeting:

  1. Gather the Cub Scouts and adult partners. Share with them that during this activity each Cub Scout will work with their adult partner to make a house.
  2. Share with the den that buildings are not built by one person, it requires a lot of people who can each do something different.  Some people know how to make walls, some know how to paint, and others know how to put in windows and doors.  They all work together to make the building.
  3. Have Cub Scouts work with adult partners to make their house.
  4. When everyone is done have each Cub Scout give a tour of their house.
  5. Once everyone has given their tour ask Cub Scouts and adult partners what they like about the project.  Ask them to share how they worked together and if there was a time when it was good to have two people working on the building instead of just one.
Cardboard Skyscraper
LocationIndoor
Energy 3
Supply List4
Prep Time3

Lions work with their adult partners to build a shoe box skyscraper.

The box sizes listed below are typical sizes used by home delivery services you can substitute for similar sizes.

  • Building materials listed below for each Cub Scout
    • 1 – Large cardboard box – for example, 25” x 20” x 13.75”
    • 2 – Medium cardboard boxes – for example, 14” x 12.5” x 9.5”
    • 3 – Small cardboard boxes – for example, 10” x 7” x  3”
    • 1 – Smaller cardboard box – for example, 9” x 6” x 3.5”
    • 1 – sheet of flat cardboard – 25” x 20”
    • 1 – sheet of flat cardboard – 13.75” x 15”
    • 1 – sheet of flat cardboard – 28” x 9”
    • 1 – sheet of flat cardboard – 30” x 5”
    • 1 – sheet of flat cardboard – 6” x 6”
    • 1 – 8 oz plastic cup
  • Magic markers – enough to share
  • 8 oz of quick-dry craft glue

Before the meeting:

  1. Learn how to make a cardboard Skyscraper by watch this YouTube video, ”Cardboard Skyscraper.”
  2. Glue all the boxes closed and allow them to dry.
  3. Set up the meeting location to allow Cub Scouts and adult partners enough space to make their skyscrapers.

During the meeting:

  1. Gather the Cub Scouts and adult partners. Share with them that during this activity each Cub Scout will work with their adult partner to make a cardboard skyscraper.
  2. Share with the den that buildings are not built by one person, it requires a lot of people who can each do something different. Some people know how to make walls, some know how to paint, and others know how to put in windows and doors.  They all work together to make the building.  As you work together explore the different things that need to be done, gluing, cutting, and drawing to see what you enjoy the most.
  3. Have each Cub Scout and adult partner make a skyscraper.
    • Glue the 20” x 24” flat cardboard on top of the large box, this will give it extra strength.
    • Glue the two medium boxes horizontally on top each other than onto the large box.
    • Glue the three small boxes vertically on top of each other.
    • Glue the plastic cup on top of the smallest box.
    • Take the 6” x 6” flat cardboard and cut out a circle (this will be the clock.)
    • Glue the 13.75” x 15” flat cardboard vertically on the front of the large box.
    • Glue the 28” x 9” flat cardboard vertically on the front of the two medium boxes.
    • Attach the 6” cardboard circle you cut out to the top of the flat cardboard you glued to the medium boxes to make the clock.
    • Glue the 30” x 5” flat cardboard vertically on the front of the three small boxes.
    • Decorate the lower and top of the skyscraper before putting them together, it is easier this way so you can decorate the building with it lying flat on the workspace.
    • Once decorated glue the upper part of the building to the lower part of the building.
  4. Once everyone has completed their skyscraper ask Cub Scouts and adult partners what they like about the project.  Ask them to share how they worked together and if there was a time when it was good to have two people working on the building instead of just one.
Gingerbread House
LocationIndoor
Energy 2
Supply List4
Prep Time2

Cub Scouts work with their adult partner to make a gingerbread house.

  • A gingerbread house kit for each Cub Scout
  • Handwashing station
  • Hand soap
  • Paper towels

Before the meeting:

  1. Check with every parent, legal guardian, and adult partner to identify any food allergies and make any necessary adjustments.
  2. Purchase a gingerbread house kit for each Cub Scout.
  3. Set up the meeting space so Cub Scouts and adult partners can complete the activity together.

During the meeting:

  1. Gather the Cub Scouts and adult partners. Share with them that each Cub Scout will work with their adult partner to make a gingerbread house during this activity.
  2. Have everyone wash their hands.
  3. Share with the den that buildings are not built by one person, it requires a lot of people who can each do something different.  Some people know how to make walls, some know how to paint, and others know how to put in windows and doors.  They all work together to make the building.
  4. Have Cub Scouts work with adult partners to make their gingerbread house.
  5. When everyone is done have each Cub Scout give a tour of their gingerbread house.
  6. Once everyone has given their tour ask Cub Scouts and adult partners what they like about the project.  Ask them to share how they worked together and if there was a time when it was good to have two people working on the building instead of just one.
With your den or family, build a structure.
Cup Pyramid
LocationIndoor
Energy 2
Supply List2
Prep Time2

Take turns to build a cup pyramid.

  • 105 16 oz. plastic cups

Before the meeting:

  1. Identify a flat surface in the meeting location to build a cup pyramid.  A non-carpeted floor works well.
  2. Divide the 105 plastic cups by the number of Cub Scouts and adult partners in the den.
  3. By using 105 cups, a pyramid of an equilateral triangle with 14 cups on the bottom row and 14 cups high can be built. Don’t tell the Cub Scouts this, allow them to discover this on their own.  It also means that the cups will be stacked over 5 feet tall.

During the meeting:

  1. Gather the Cub Scouts and adult partners. Share with them that in this activity the den will make a pyramid.
  2. Pass out the cups to each Cub Scout and adult partner.
  3. Have everyone form a single file line.
  4. The first person in line will take their cup and put it on the floor.  The next person in line is to place their cup to start building a pyramid.  Each person places their cup where they think it should go.  The objective is to build the tallest pyramid possible with the cups.
  5. If time permits allow them to try again to see if they can make it taller.
Pillow and Blanket Fort
LocationIndoor
Energy 3
Supply List3
Prep Time2

Build a pillow and blanket fort.

  • Various pillows
  • Various couch and seat cushions
  • Various blankets
  • Kitchen table chairs
  • Various heavy books
  • Various lengths of string

Before the meeting:

  1. Identify a meeting location that has couches and chairs such as a large living room.
  2. Become familiar with ways to build a pillow fort by watching this YouTube Video “How to Make a Pillow Fort.”

During the meeting:

  1. Gather the Cub Scouts and adult partners. Share with them that they are to work together using the supplies provided to build a pillow fort that everyone in the den can fit into.
  2. When done building ask the Cub Scouts what are some things they learned about making a pillow fort?  Ask them if they were to do it again, what would they do differently?
We Built This City Out of Card and Board
LocationIndoor
Energy 2
Supply List3
Prep Time3

The den will work together to make a cardboard city.

  • Various shoe boxes and shipping boxes to make buildings with
  • 4 oz. bottles of fast-drying craft glue, enough to share
  • Magic markers, enough to share
  • Scissors, enough to share
  • Tape (any kind will do,) enough to share
  • Construction paper, a dozen sheets of different colors
  • Small strips of paper, one for each Cub Scout
  • Pencil

Before the meeting:

  1. Identify a place in the meeting location where a cardboard city can be made.  A flat surface of about 6’ x 6’ should do well, adjust the size based on the size of the den.
  2. Set up the meeting location so Cub Scouts and adult partners can work on the activity together and craft items can be easily shared.
  3. Get ideas on how to build a cardboard city by watching this YouTube video, ”How to Make a Shoe box City.”
  4. On the small strips of paper write down a type of building that will be part of the city.  For example, apartment building, school, fire station, police station, large house, and small houses.  The idea is to make sure that there are a variety of buildings in the city not just all houses or all apartments.

During the meeting:

  1. Gather the Cub Scouts and adult partners. Share with them that together the den will make a cardboard city.  Everyone will make a building to contribute to the city and when everyone is done the den will make a city together.
  2. Pass out a strip of paper to each Cub Scout to identify the building they will make with their adult partner.
  3. Have Cub Scouts work with their adult partners to build the building, make sure to decorate them.
  4. When everyone is done build your cardboard city by putting the individual buildings together.
Build something that is designed to be knocked down.
Blow My House Down
LocationIndoor
Energy 2
Supply List2
Prep Time2

Using paper blocks build a house to see if it can hold up to the wind.

  • Cub Scouts will need their Lion Handbook, page 25
  • Scissors, a pair for each Cub Scout
  • Scotch tape, enough to share
  • An electric fan

Before the meeting:

  1. Set up the meeting location so Cub Scouts and adult partners can complete the activity together.

During the meeting:

  1. Gather the Cub Scouts and adult partners. Inform them that in this activity they are going to build something that is not designed to last, it’s going to get knocked down, actually it may get blown down.
  2. Have Cub Scouts work with their adult partners to cut out and tape the building pieces on page 25 of the Lion Handbook.
  3. For their first building they may not tape pieces to each other.
  4. When they are done making their building pieces, they are to build something that will hold up to the wind.
  5. When someone is done making their building, take the electric fan and turn it on low. Place the fan far away from the building the Cub Scout made.  Slowly move the fan closer and closer to see how close the fan can get before it blows all the pieces away.
  6. After everyone has had their building blown away have them build a second building. This time they can use tape to tape pieces together but not to the table.
Build It Up and Knock It Down Relay
LocationIndoor
Energy 5
Supply List2
Prep Time2

Play a relay race to build it up and knock it down.

  • 2 – 4’ x 4’ folding table, or larger
  • 12 – 16 oz. plastic cups

Before the meeting:

  1. Identify a safe area free of obstacles to run the relay race.  The distance should be no more than 20 feet.
  2. Set up the two tables and place six plastic cups on each table.  Stack the cups in a pyramid with 3 cups on the bottom, two, and then one.

During the meeting:

  1. Gather the Cub Scouts and adult partners. Inform them that this activity is a relay race.
  2. The den will be divided into two teams.  The first player on each team will start on the game leader’s signal.  They must run up to the table, knock down the cups, and run back.  The next player must stack the cups up again as they were when the relay started, and then run back.  The next person runs up and knocks them down.  The team that has every player either knockdown or set up wins.
  3. Divide the den into two even teams including adult partners.
  4. Have the teams line up and, on your signal, run the relay race.
  5. When the race is over, have each team spend several minutes to discuss what they did well and what they would do differently.
  6. Keeping the same teams, have them run the relay race again.
  7. After the second race ask the den what they learn from the first race and put it into practice in the second race.
Down Goes the Dominoes
LocationIndoor
Energy 2
Supply List2
Prep Time2

Build a domino maze designed to be knocked down.

If you have a small den increase the number of dominos per person to make a maze.  The more dominos the more fun but the longer it takes to build.

  • 20 dominos per Cub Scout
  • 20 dominos per adult partner

Before the meeting:

  1. Identify a location that is flat and smooth to build the domino maze.
  2. Watch this YouTube video and become familiar with building domino mazes designed to be knocked down, “How to Build & Topple Dominoes!

During the meeting:

  1. Gather the Cub Scouts and adult partners. Inform them that this activity they will work together to make a domino maze that is designed to be knocked down.
  2. Demonstrate how to line up a row of dominoes to knock down by lining up 5 dominoes and then knocking them down.
  3. Demonstrate how to make a cure in a line of dominoes.
  4. Allow the den to work together to make a domino maze and then knock it down.
  5. When done ask the Cub Scouts what are some things you must do when setting up dominos to be knocked down.
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Safety Moment

Prior to any activity, use the BSA SAFE Checklist to ensure the safety of all those involved.

All participants in official BSA Scouting activities should become familiar with the Guide to Safe Scoutingand applicable program literature or manuals.

Be aware of state or local government regulations that supersede BSA practices, policies, and guidelines.

To assist in the safe delivery of the program you may find specific safety items that are related to requirements for the Adventure.

Before conducting a craft activity, review the Craft Tips video (2 minutes 34 seconds.)

Before starting this Adventure:

  • Review the Food Allergies safety moment.
  • Review each Cub Scouts BSA Annual Health and Medical Record for any food allergies or restrictions.
  • Ask if any member of the den, youth, or adult, has any religious, or cultural dietary concerns.
  • there is someone in the den, youth, or adults, who carries an EpiPen due to severe allergies make sure that at least one other adult knows how to administer the EpiPen. To learn more, review this Safety Moment on anaphylaxis.
  • ​​Review​ the Keep Your Food Safe guide to properly keep, store, and prepare food.

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