Funstuf

By La Ree Graves


Articles of Faith Word Maze

Find a letter path through the maze by connecting the letters that spell out the ninth article of faith by reading forward, backward, down, up, and diagonally. Your path must never cross itself. Be careful—some of these are tricky! We have started you off with the first two words, We believe. (See A of F 1:9)

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Tube Mystery

For this experiment, you will need a 1 1/2″ (4 cm) length of tube (cut off the end of a toilet-paper or paper-toweling tube) and a straw. *

Place the tube on a table, point the straw at the middle of its side, and blow through the straw. The tube rolls away from you, right? Right.

Now aim the straw at an angle downward, just over the tube (see illustration), and blow sharply through the straw. What happened?

No, the tube did not roll back toward you. If you blew sharply enough, it rolled rapidly away from you.

Why? You created a low-pressure area in front of the tube, and the normal air pressure behind it forced it forward. Use of this principle is one thing that helps an airplane fly. Air flowing over its curved top helps give it the “lift” it needs to stay in the air.

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    If you don’t have a tube or a straw, you can make one by rolling up scratch paper.

Travel Fun

Travel Guide Take turns being the travel guide for towns you visit. If possible, get information ahead of time from the library or the area tourist bureau. Or just make up fun facts as you go. To make it a game, combine made-up information with real information and see if your fellow travelers can guess which is fact and which is fiction.

Picture Travel Logs Draw pictures of interesting things you see and do while you travel or visit family and/or friends. Date your pictures, write short paragraphs about each one, and put them in your journal when you get home. Or make up a story about what you would do with an object or person or place that is new to you. Share your story with your fellow travelers.

City Letter Scramble Give each person a pad of paper and a pencil. Each time you enter a new city or town, write its name at the top of the paper and put down as many words as you can using just the letters in that city’s name. (Words needing capital letters are not allowed.) Who thought of the most words? How many did you think of all together? Who thought of a three-letter word? Did anyone write any words that rhyme? Think of ways to make everyone a winner!

Scavenger Hunt Ahead of time, prepare a list of things to look for. If there are very young children, draw pictures of each thing. Cross off each item when you see it. The first person who sees an item should point it out to the others so they, too, may cross it off his/her list. See how fast you can find things working together. Possible items on the list might be a windmill; a red van; a license plate from another country or faraway state; a radio-transmitter tower; a billboard advertising something starting with the letter J; a black-and-white dog, cat, or cow; people walking together wearing identical jackets, shirts, or hats; a goat, deer, or skunk.

Word-to-Word Puzzles

Change the first word in each group to the last word in the group by changing one letter at a time, making a real word with each change. (Example: pink rink risk rise rose.)

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(1) sick silk sill sell well; (2) cold cord word ward warm; (3) cats mats mate mite mice; (4) mule male bale bare barn (other answers are possible).

From Head to Toe

Find these body parts by reading forward, backward, down, up, and diagonally. You can find two more body parts by reading the remaining letters from left to right, starting at the top. Every word has at least one letter that is not in another word, so look for the longest words first.

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wrist and hip.