Foam Sword

This #HowToTuesday we are making a fun Foam Sword

Items Needed:

  • Foam Pool Noodle
  • 3/4" PVC Pipe
  • 3/4" PVC End Cap
  • Piece of Leather / Vinyl / or Heavy Fabric
  1. Cut the PVC pipe to the desired length of your sword (this example is 12 inches)
  2. Cut the Foam Pool Noodle 2 inches longer than the length of the PVC pipe you just cut.
  3. Cut the fabric into an oval shape and cut circles on both ends so you can feed it onto the pipe. (this example is 8 inches long)
  4. Place the PVC end cap onto one end of the PVC pipe (this is now the bottom of the sword)
  5. Feed the pvc pipe through the wholes in the fabric (this is your hand shield)
  6. Slide the foam pool noodle onto the PVC pipe
Make different colors for team competitions
The sword can be any length. Just be sure to cut the pool noodle a minimum of 2 inches longer than the PVC pipe.

Cub Scout Lava Lamp

Items Needed:
  • An inexpensive bottle of cooking oil
  • Empty Cup
  • Cup of Water
  • Food Coloring (you can choose any color)
  • Effervescent Antacid Tablets

How To:
  • Remove 1/4 of oil from the bottle into an empty cup
  • Place about 3-5 drops of food coloring into the cup of water and mix
  • Pour the water / food coloring mixture into the oil bottle leaving about 1/2 inch of air. (you may need to use a funnel)
  • Break up the Effervescent Antacid Tables and drop one piece in at a time.
  • Make sure to never place the lid on the oil bottle as the tablets are dissolving. It will explode and get oil/water everywhere. 
Whats Happening?
You will find that the oil and water will never mix together. The oil naturally will float on top of the water due to the oil having a lower density than the water. The Effervescent antacid tablets release carbon dioxide gas and take some of the water along for the ride as it rises up to the top. The gas escapes as it reaches the top and the water droplets detach and fall back to the bottom. The reason the tablet fizzes in such a way is because it contains citric acid and baking soda (sodium bicarbonate), the two react with water to form sodium citrate and carbon dioxide gas (those are the bubbles that carry the colored water to the top of the bottle). Place the lid on the bottle for storing.

Try This
With the lid attached tightly; Tip the bottle form side to side and see what happens.

Kool Aid Play Dough


Great project to complete with your cubs. Use safety precautions around the hot water.

Items needed:
1 cup flour
1/4 cup salt
1 packet kool aid
2/3 cup water
1 Tablespoon oil

Combine the water and oil together and bring to a boil.
While waiting for the water and oil to boil, mix all the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl.
Combine the wet and dry ingredients and mix until thick enough to start kneading. (it will be a little warm to handle for a few minutes) Place in a zip lock bag to preserve moisture.

Total cost: roughly 30¢