Star Test Games
(Games marked with "x" are suitable for kids confined to beds)
1. x Flag guesses
Akela hands each Cub an emblem card, face downwards, also paper and pencil. At a given signal the Cubs look at the cards and write down what they represent. Akela counts up the correct answers in Sixes.
2. x Flag matches
The Cubs are lined up in Sixes. Each one is given two plain match stalks, four match stalks coloured red, and two small pieces of white paper, and one blue paper. At the word “Go” the Cubs form in front of them the flags of St. George, St. Andrew and St. Patrick (in order). If this is played on the floor no white paper is necessary.
3. x Flag and emblem drawings
Akela draws six flags or emblems and rubs out each one before drawing the next. The Cubs then draw (with crayons) all that they can remember.
4. x Carry on
Each Sixer is given a piece of drawing-paper, pencil, and box of crayons. Akela mentions that one cross (e.g. St. George’s Cross) is to be drawn. At the word “Go” the first Cub starts drawing the cross. When Akela claps his hands, the Sixer hands all the drawing materials to the next Cub and says “Carry on,” when the drawing is continued. At each clap the drawing is passed on until it is finished. The Six to finish first gains a point.
5. Caps off
The Sixes stand in rows – each row facing the Sixer – who has a ball. He throws the ball to the first Cub, who, when he catches it, throws it back to the Sixer, takes off his cap and lets it fall to the ground. When the cap touches the ground the Sixer throws the ball to the next Cub, who acts in a similar fashion. If a Cub does not catch the ball he has a second chance, but he delays his team. The Six to finish first, with caps on the ground, wins.
The Cubs line up in a row and become cocoanuts facing Akela, who is the “boss” of the show. The boss throws a ball to any of the cocoanuts. If he catches it, it counts as one point to the cocoanuts. If he misses it, it is a point to the boss. The cocoanuts may only catch and cannot break line to field the ball, but the boss may have an assistant to help him with this.
The boss and the cocoanuts see who can reach a given number first, say ten.
7. The Test Match
Divide the Pack into two, e.g. England v. Australia. Toss for innings. The batsman stands behind a chalked line. The bowler throws a ball from a certain distance. Every time that the batsman catches it he scores a point. He must retire at 10.
One or two innings can be played.
8. x Beware lightning
The Cubs are scattered about and represent trees. One Cub holds a ball in his hand. He calls out “Beware lightning,” and the Cubs must at once stand still while the ball is thrown. If a tree is struck it falls to the ground (or puts a cap on). While the lightning picks up the ball, the trees may move again, all except the ones which have been struck.
The lightning is given a certain time in which he must try to strike as many trees as possible.
For bed cases:
This can be played with a paper ball, and when the “lightning” is not throwing it, the Cubs can move their heads and arms about.
9. x Ninepins
The Cubs, representing ninepins, stand at one end of the playground or room. One Cub, blindfolded, is placed some distance away. He throws a ball a certain number of times and each time that he hits a ninepin it must lie down. Each Cub has a turn, and at the end of the game it is seen who has knocked down the most ninepins.
For bed cases:
Akela, or Cubs who are up, throw a paper ball. Those who are hit take off their caps.
10. Ball Pelmanism
The Cubs are in a circle and throw a ball from one to the other. When Akela claps his hands once they throw the ball clockwise; at two claps they pass it anti-clockwise, and at three claps the Cub who has the ball throws it up, catches it, and continues clockwise.
11. x Headrace
Each Six has a piece of string. The Sixer ties a reef knot round his head at the word “Go.” The next Cub unties the string (or if in bed an Old Wolf unties it and passes it on) and ties it round his own head, and so on until the first Six to finish wins.
12. x Knot throwing
A piece of rope is thrown from one Cub to another. When Akela claps his hands, the Cub with the rope ties the knot that he says.
13. Pacel post
Each Cub is given wrapping paper, string, pencil, and a label, and told to wrap up his scarf and cap. When the parcels are tied up (with reef knots) the Cubs address the labels with their own names, and tie them on. On the word “Go” the Cubs throw their parcels from one to the other for several minutes, at the end of which time the parcels are inspected and points are given for those which have remained intact.
14. x What time is it?
Each Cub is given twelve stones, beans, or acorns, etc., which he keeps in his cap. In turn round the circle a Cub, holding several stones in his hand, asks his left-hand neighbour: “What time is it?” If a correct answer is given, the winner takes the stones. If he makes a mistake he hands over the difference (e.g. if a Cub holds eight stones, and his neighbour says that the time is five o’clock, the neighbour hands over three stones).
15. x The Cub’s day
The Cubs line up in Sixes and in front of each Six is a clock face. Akela tells the Cubs certain times, such as “Getting-up time” (7.30), “Breakfast time” (8 o’clock), “School time” (9 o’clock), “Dinner time” (12.30), etc. The Cubs are numbered off down each rank. Then Akela calls out a number and a time (e.g. number three – “School time”). The “number threes” run up and put the clocks right, the first to do this gaining a point for his Six.
For bed cases:
Akela gives the clock faces to the Cubs in turn and then calls out the required time.
Divide the Pack into two. Chalk a large circle on the ground with twelve lines drawn to the centre. In between the lines write the hours – 1 to 12. A Cub is then blind-folded and placed in the centre, and he must walk round, repeating:
“What is the time? I soon shall see
I’ll stop when I have counted three.”
When he has counted three he stands still, and the “time” where he stops is scored by his side. If he stops on a line he counts nothing. The Cubs take turns from the alternate sides.
Akela draws a clock face on the floor. Twelve Cubs represent the hours. Two others are the hands. Akela calls out a time, e.g. 4 o’clock. The two “hands” move to the correct place. Any “hour” correcting a hand takes his place.
18. x Manual alphabet game
Akela gives the Cubs a message, such as “Bring a book.” “Stand up.” The Cubs see who can be the first to perform the action.
For bed cases:
Such commands as “Shut eyes,” “Laugh,” “Cap off,” etc.
19. x Word making
Akela gives the Cubs several letters (manual alphabet). These they write down and try to make words, e.g. G.B.A. = BAG; L.O.W.F. =WOLF.
20. Shutting the windows
The Cubs are told that the centre of the floor represents a house with all the windows open. The north (N) is marked, but no other compass points. The Cubs are considered to be outside the house, in the garden. When Akela says: “Snow is drifting in through the north window,” or “It is raining in through the west window,” etc., they run into the house and squat down opposite the window, or stand in a line behind their Sixer, when they are said to have shut the window. Akela notes which Six shut it first
21. x Foreign lands
The Cubs are in a circle. Akela tells them that they will visit an entirely new country, and asks them how they would like to travel. If they say, for instance, by aeroplane, they run round pretending to be aeroplanes until they are told to stop. Akela then imitates various strange people who inhabit this land, i.e. some have no teeth through having neglected them, and can only mumble, others have wild hair through not having combed it, etc. The Cubs then pretend to clean their teeth, comb their hair, etc., so that they will not become like these strange people. They then return home again, flying or going by boat, etc.
For bed cases:
The Cubs can make the noises of an aeroplane, steamer, etc.
22. x Shock-headed Peter
Akela draws a picture of a Cub who is untidy – hair unbrushed, cap not straight, stockings wrinkled, etc. The Cubs each have a chance of suggesting how he can be tidied. Akela rubs out the wrong part and draws it tidily.
23. x The King’s buttons
Akela tells the Cubs that the King has been hunting and has lost a button off his coat in the bushes. Each one is given material, a button, and needle and thread, and afterwards Akela judges which sewing is fit for the King.
24. x Mending the King’s coat
Akela draws a large picture of a King, and the Cubs, in turn, blindfolded, pin on their buttons and/or darns. Akela has previously prepared a small drawing omitting a button and showing where the coat is torn. This picture is then compared with the large one, and the Cubs see whose button or darn is nearest to the right place.
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Last modified: October 15, 2016.