John Muir Schools' Award
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Canal & River Challenge Badge
A badge syllabus full of waterway themed activities, suitable for Girlguiding and Scouting groups.
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Water safety activity booklets
We've got 24 fun activities to keep you busy this December. From crafts to homemade Christmas gift ideas and LEGO to wordsearches there's lots for you to enjoy at home with your family.
1. Knitted hood
In the days when canals were used for delivering goods all over the country, boaters were out in all weathers. Children wore homemade hats to keep them warm and dry in winter. This knitted hood would make a great Christmas gift!
2. Colour a narrowboat
Colour in this narrowboat and remember to give it a name. Maybe it could be decorated for Christmas!
3. The Day Aliens Came to the Tame Valley Canal
Read what happened when a group of aliens circling the Earth in their spaceship land near the Tame Valley Canal. They are confused! Fortunately, Class 5 of the nearby Priory Primary School are on hand to help them.
4. A boatman's breakfast
Working on a sea-going barge was tough so boatmen needed a healthy filling breakfast. Start your day like a boatman with this yummy recipe for porridge!
5. LEGO newt
In winter, newts hide in the warmest places they can find to shelter from the cold weather and frost. You can make your own Explorers newt out of LEGO.
6. Duck hat
Ducks come in a huge variety of sizes, shapes and colours. Go wild and make your very own duck hat to wear. Why not try to copy a duck's funny little waddle!
7. Photo frame
Boaters took great pride in their narrowboats and decorated the tiny cabins with
pretty arts and crafts. Make this photo frame to hang in your room, or give as a gift at Christmas.
8. Just write!
Canals and rivers inspire writers to create stories and poems. Write
a poem about your local canal or river, or a short story about something
that happened nearby.
9. Knot bracelet
This knot bracelet is inspired by the decorative knot work found on the fenders of narrrowboats. It would make a beautiful gift.
10. Swan puppet
Make a moving swan puppet using this template. Make a pair and put on a puppet show for your family.
Look carefully and see how many canal words you can find in our wordsearches.
12. LEGO narrowboat
Use our step-by-step instructions to build a mini LEGO narrowboat.
13. Family tree
Explore your family history and create a beautiful family tree diagram to represent the members of your family.
14. LEGO otter
You can still find otter prints in winter. Look carefully on the muddy banks of rivers or
the edges of canal towpath. Make this LEGO otter using our step-by-step instructions.
15. Spicy blackberry chutney
Make jars of this delicious chutney. Design labels and cover the lid with circles of
patterned fabric. They’ll make great gifts!
16. Boater's mop
Make this traditional boat mop from scrap fabric, a stick and coloured tape.
17. Design a work boat
Have a go at designing a working canal boat and a boat cabin layout. Make sure you leave room to open the boat cabin door!
18. LEGO duck
Ducks’ feet never get cold, even in winter, because they don’t have nerves in them! Use these step-by-step instructions and build a LEGO duck.
When boats were used to transport goods, boaters would store fresh drinking water in beautifully decorated watercans. Use this template to make a mini watercan.
20. Colouring out
Colour outside of the lines to complete the pictures. There are six to choose from.
21. Chocolate spiders
Try this delicious recipe for chocolate spiders!
22. Roses and castles
Traditional canal art is called roses and castles. Make your own roses and castles designs with this activity.
23. LEGO bridge
Build a LEGO bridge by following our video demonstration or be an engineer and come up with your own LEGO bridge design
24. Boat cabin den
Design and build a special boat cabin den at home.