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Scrapheap Challenge

Scrapheap Challenge

What You’ll Need:

  • Natural Items (Twigs, sticks, leaves, mud etc.
  • Basic Supplies (string, tape, glue, elastic bands)

Getting into the Activity

Take a collection of natural items and use them to build a contraption which can be used to complete a task / challenge.

A scrapheap challenge is all about taking a collection of rubbish or random items and using them for a new purpose. Your ‘Go Wild’ challenge is to take this concept and use it in the natural world. Leaders could provide the group with these natural items, or they could head out and collect them as part of the challenge (this would work best where the challenge is taking place in a wooded area or similar). Below are a few examples of challenges which could be set. Pick one of these or choose your own.

Catapult / Slingshot: Challenge the groups to build a catapult / slingshot which is capable of firing a small object a short distance. Natural objects which might be of use here are sticks. Group would also need to be supplied with string and elastic bands to assist them.

Protect the Egg: Take on the classic ‘protect the egg’ challenge, where groups have to drop an egg from a height. They should build a contraption that helps to cushion the landing and/or tries to slow it down (parachute). Use leaves, moss, soil etc for this activity. Groups could be given a container to start with or challenged to create their own from objects they can find.

Marble Run: Create a marble run using sticks, logs ,leaves and more. The group who get the marble from their starting position to the floor in the slowest time is the winners, so groups will need to think of a design that is gradual and has plenty of obstacles which will slow the marble down. A marble run could be built around a tree. String would be useful for this challenge.

Keeping Everyone Safe 

  • Activity MUST be supervised by a leader or parent/carer at ALL times.
  • A leader or parent/carer MUST assess risk before taking part.
  • A leader or parent/carer MUST ensure that current Government guidelines are followed at all times (including social distancing, travel etc).
  • Shared equipment should be kept to a minimum and everyone should sanitise their hands before and after the activity.
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