Cub Scout Roundtable

Information and Ideas for Silver Star Cub Scout Leaders

What is a "fiddle" and what is a "filler"?

These are games and activities that your Scouts can do by themselves, in pairs, or in small groups. They are designed to give the Scouts something to "fiddle" with (hence the name) so that leaders, parents, and others can have a conversation, answer questions, set up, or prepare for an activity. 

A filler is an activity or game that fills time (usually 5-10 minutes). This can help you keep Scouts busy while they are waiting, standing in line, transitioning from one activity to another, etc. Some of these filler activities are "self policing" in that once they are taught, the Scouts can lead the activities themselves, allowing leaders, parents, and others to set up, tear down, etc.

FILLER: Edible Fire

Supplies Needed:
Paper Plate or Napkin (Safety Circle)
Small Cup with water/juice (Water Bucket)
Fork (Rake or Shovel)
Toothpick (Match)
Mini Marshmallows or Jelly Beans or M&M's
& Cheerios or Raisins (Fire Ring)
Potato Sticks or Shredded Coconut (Tinder)
Pretzel Sticks or Chinese Noodles (Kindling)
Pretzel Logs or Bread Sticks (Fuel Logs)
Red Hots or Red Licorice (Sparks, Small Fire)
Candy Corn (Large Fire)

With a real fire, when done the fire bucket would be used to put out the fire
and the rake or shovel would be used to stir it up until cold to the touch.
However, in this case just eat the fire and drink from the fire bucket
and leave a clean fire area!

Alternate Ingredients

Camp Site/Safety Circle: wax paper, paper towel, napkin, graham cracker,
large cookie, lettuce leaf
Fire Ring:  mini marshmallows, large marshmallows, jelly beans, peanuts, corn pops cereal, peanut M&Ms, cheerios, raisins
Tinder : coconut, crumbled shredded wheat, shredded cheese, shredded lettuce or carrots, chow mein noodles
Kindling: pretzel sticks, potato sticks, thin pieces of green pepper
Fuel, Logs: pretzel logs, bite size tootsie rolls, carrot sticks, bread sticks, celery sticks, cheese puffs
Charcoal:  raisins
Match stick:  licorice stick, candy corn stuck on a toothpick, thin pretzel stick
Fire starter:  Hershey's Kiss, gum drops
Fire:  candy corn, red string licorice, red hots, red sugar sprinkles, chopped tomatoes, chopped red pepper, bacon bits
Water Bucket: small paper cup
Water:  juice, salad dressing, water
Shovel:  teaspoon, gumdrop on pretzel stick
Rake:   fork, your fingers
Green stick:   toothpick
Marshmallows:  mini marshmallows on tiny pretzel stick

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FIDDLE: Tic-Tac-Toe in a Bag

Materials: Craft foam, plastic canvas, craft foam glue or adhesive, alphabet or colored pony beads, small "snack sized" plastic bag, Sharpie or other permanent marker.


  1. Cut the craft foam into 2" squares.
  2. Cut a piece of plastic canvas to 9 x 9 squares. Cut off the outer border of the plastic. Cut out every other cross piece to  the tic-tac-toe board. Using craft foam glue or other crafter's adhesive, attach the tic-tac-toe board to the craft foam square. OR Draw a 3x3 tic-tac-toe board using a Sharpie or other permanent marker.
  3. Put the board and 5 "x" and 5 "o" alphabet pony beads OR colored beads (5 each of 2 different colors) into the plastic snack sized sandwich bag.

FIDDLE: Frog Puppet

Potholder Frog Puppet
(Courtesy of


  • Green Pot Holder
  • Two Large White Pompoms
  • Tacky Glue
  • Scraps of Fun Foam
  • Scissors
  • Elastic (optional)


Fold pot holder in half. Glue on pompoms for eyes. Add scraps of foam for pupils and nostrils. You can stitch a piece of elastic at the fold to hold the child's hand more securely. Open and close fingers to make the mouth move.

FIDDLE: Rainstick

According to South American legend, rainsticks are played to serenade the gods as a reminder that rain is welcomed. Rainsticks are traditionally made from hollow cactus wood, thorns and pebbles. This version is made from a cardboard tube, tinfoil and popcorn kernels.


  • Cardboard Tube
  • Tinfoil
  • Cardboard for end caps
  • Popcorn Kernels
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Markers
  • Scissors


Trace around end of tube onto a piece of cardboard. Cut out. Glue one of these onto one end for a cap. Tightly roll pieces of tinfoil into a long snake about twice as long as your tube and about 1/2" in diameter. Push tinfoil snake into tube zig zagging it back and forth to fit. Pour 1/2 cup of pop corn kernels into tube. Cap off remaining end.

FILLER: Bed Sheet / Beach Towel Ping Pong

Materials: Bed sheet, beach towel, or small blanket; ping pong ball or other small object.

Directions: Form two teams. Each team holds an opposite end of a bed sheet. A ping pong ball is placed in the middle of the sheet. The object is to get the ball to fall off of the other team’s side, for a point. The sheet can be raised and lowered as needed but remind the players to be careful not to "launch" the ball as they will be very inclined to do so.

Variation: Use an object such as a pine cone that is not round and rolls unevenly. You can also play this in pairs using a bandana and a small ball, marble, etc.

FILLER: Dissolving Necklaces / Bracelets

Supplies: For each Scout: alka-seltzer/sodium bicarbonate tablet (drill a hole in the center), 18-inch string, plastic baggie

This game is for hot summer days and can be played in shallow water, on a beach, or anyplace where there is a water supply. Participants CAN wear swimsuits.

Directions: Each Scout puts on his necklace and fills his baggie with water.

When the judge says, "GO!" everyone tries to spray the necklace of other Scouts while keeping his own necklace dry. The tablets will dissolve when they get wet. When a Scout's tablet dissolves, he is out of the game and goes to a designated area. This game can be played in teams or each man for himself.

If not at a beach, the water supply should have a boundary around it inside of which is a free-zone for filling baggies. Also have a rule against staying in the free-zone for too long.

By partially closing the baggie, it can shoot a good stream of water.

Variation: Tie on as a bracelet on the wrist or an ankle bracelet so that people don’t get sprayed in the face.

FILLER: Gorilla-Man-Gun (variation of Rock-Paper-Scissors or FARKLE)

DIRECTIONS: This game is played the same way as with "Paper, rock, scissors." The difference is the symbolic gestures used. To start, everyone is to find a partner. (If your group has an odd number, don't worry, because those who get out in the first round, will open up for those who didn't get in.) Once everyone is ready to play with their partner, students are to stand back to back. At the word "Go" students turn around immediately giving their gesture of play. Here is how it is done. Scouts decide at "go" what they are going to be. GORILLA roars out loud with hands beating chest. MAN just stands there with his/her head faced up (as a stance of pride) with hands and arms folded. GUN is using the hand shaped like a gun and the person says bang.

RULES: Gorilla beats man (because he his bigger and stronger); Man beats gun (because he invented it); and gun beats gorilla. Whoever beats their partner, goes and finds another partner who won, and losers are out.

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