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How To Make Clay Marbles

Arts and Crafts, Cub Scouts, Fun and Games, Marbles, Oven Bake Clay 7 Comments »

Take some clay and make a snake shape, or two or three, wrap them up together. Now you should have one multicolored snake shape. Take a chunk (depending on the size of the marble) and roll it up in a ball. Then bake the clay. I took pictures to show how, step by step:

1. Get some oven bake clay.

Oven Bake Clay

2. Roll out two or three pieces into snake shapes.

Roll out Clay

3. Twist the pieces together.

Twisted Ropes of Clay

4. Roll the twisted rope of clay into one snake.

Multi Colored Snake of Clay

5. Break into chunks and roll into marbel sized balls.

A Ball of Clay

6. Bake clay according to the directions on the package, and then let it cool.

Finished Marbles

7. You are now ready for a game of Ringer!


Bear Trail, Cub Scouts, Fun and Games, Pinewood Derby No Comments »

I’m a cub scout and I’m writing a blog. I want to write about what I have been doing in scouts with my den and some activities that I have done on my own to complete the scouting requirements. The latest activity was the pinewood derby. My car was called the firebird. I got fourth place, but if I had gotten just a tiny little bit faster I would have gotten second place. Here is a picture of my car:

The Frightful Firebird

I have been working on assignments from the Bear trail. I am just about done with that and I’ll be moving on to Webelos after my birthday in December. Some activities I really enjoyed were when we went to day camp. There was a store and other places. When I was at day camp, I earned the science belt loop. We made gloop out of flour and water as a science experiment. I also earned the BB gun Shooting belt loop by shooting a bb gun, and I earned the archery belt loop. While I was shooting the arrows, I almost got a bulls eye, but the arrow bounced right off! Other belt loops I have earned during den meetings are the badminton belt loop and the volleyball belt loop. I have also earned the chess belt loop by participating in a local chess club.

If you are learning about trains, like how I did in my den, we made a train out of marshmallows, with pretzels and frosting. The wheels were made out of round crackers. It was a good snack!

I helped my mom make a compost bin and we made compost. We also had rabbits that I took care of, and we used their poop in the compost for the garden.

I have also done a bunch of things on my own that I will show you how to do in my blog. I made clay marbles, beads, boondoggles (also known as gimp), a birdhouse, and knitted hats on a knitting loom. I have been working on collecting marbles, state quarters and other coins, rocks, sports cards, and books.

Some of the projects I am planning for the future are making a garden, where we will grow cantaloupe, watermelon, flowers, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, peppers, peas, beans, squash, and strawberries. I am also planning on trying to build a miniature greenhouse, doing astronomy and whether experiments, and I would like to try building a radio and doing some experiments with electricity.

You can read about it more in my blog!