Funstuf

By Ruth Schiefen


Soup Can Dragster

You will need: empty soup can, hammer, nail set, acrylic paint, paintbrush, scissors, 1/4″ holes, two rimmed tin lids, lightweight cardboard, three corks, and narrow-gauge wire.

Squash open end of empty soup can. Use hammer and nail set to punch four small holes in open end for front axle and two holes big enough to take 1/4″ dowel on other end (see illustration). Paint rimmed lids and wooden beads. Push piece of dowel 1/4″ longer than back of can through back axle holes. Attach another piece of dowel 1 1/2″ longer than front of can by threading wire through appropriate holes. Twist ends of wire to secure axle (see illustration). With scissors, cut a cardboard windshield. Paint it and the car. Draw or paint face on one cork for driver. Use glue to attach driver, windshield, both sets of wheels, and two corks for headlights.

For the Birds

Lisa had $3.50 to spend on supplies for her bird feeder. She bought a box of oatmeal for seventy cents, sunflower seeds at eighty cents a pound, and two dollars’ worth of suet from the butcher. When she got home she still had forty cents. How can that be?

Answer:

She bought only a half pound of sunflower seeds.

Hidden Animals

An animal (fish, bird, or insect) is hiding in each word below. Can you find them? For example re bat e.

  1. 1.

    Vacation

  2. 2.

    Boxcar

  3. 3.

    Smother

  4. 4.

    Peeling

  5. 5.

    Frantic

  6. 6.

    Scratch

  7. 7.

    Growled

  8. 8.

    Diaper

  9. 9.

    Scramble

  10. 10.

    Expandable

Answers:

(1) cat, (2) ox, (3) moth, (4) eel, (5) ant, (6) rat, (7) owl, (8) ape, (9) ram, (10) panda.