artphoto by splunge
artphoto by TheophileEscargot
artphoto by Kronos_to_Earth
artphoto by ethylene





Mecha Wiki

Metachat Eye


IRC Channels



Comment Feed:


01 July 2008

Brainstorm Challenge Quick: You're crafting a program based on Tom Sawyer. What are some fun activities for middle-schoolers and families that go with? Budget is not a problem. Only hitch: no rafting, this will take place in winter.
1. Build a fence.

2. Hilarity ensues.
posted by danf 01 July | 09:29
To not have some sort of fence painting (real or not) would be a crime.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero 01 July | 09:30
Painting the fence is definitely the first thing that comes to mind. Maybe let them get more artistic than a white wash though.
posted by danostuporstar 01 July | 09:31
Are there any caves nearby to explore?
posted by BoringPostcards 01 July | 09:32
Whitewashing! Trick them into it!
posted by rainbaby 01 July | 09:33
How about attending one's own funeral?
posted by Eideteker 01 July | 09:36
Heh, answer Tom Sawyer's Relationship AskMe.
posted by danostuporstar 01 July | 09:36
Kissing Girls Named Becky!
posted by rainbaby 01 July | 09:42
Trading stuff for yellow tickets.
posted by Daniel Charms 01 July | 09:43
rainbaby for the win
posted by danf 01 July | 09:52
How about a cooking demonstration? Menu items could include:

corn pone
fat back
hard tack
fat pone
corn tack
tack back
posted by Atom Eyes 01 July | 10:51
tack back

Oops. That should read "back tack", of course.
posted by Atom Eyes 01 July | 10:52
This is so weird, but what stuck with me from reading those books when I was like 12 or 13 was this one short little scene where Tom (or Huck, whatever) was dressed up in women's clothes. I don't remember why. Anyway, he's sitting in some parlor and this woman tosses him a button and he clapped his legs together to catch it in his lap. This gave him away as a guy, because, you see, women would spread their legs to catch it in their voluminous skirts. My 1970s 12 year old self was totally baffled by this and I tried it with a couple of equally baffled friends and found out that we jeans wearing middle school girls always clapped our legs together to catch something. So you could reenact the button scene along with dress up and talk about gender roles and how costume influences your daily life - how different your life would be if you had hoopskirts on every single day.
posted by mygothlaundry 01 July | 11:07
If budget truly isn't a concern, you could make a plaster "cave" for the kids to explore. Esp. if the kids are small; the cave need not be huge in that case. Big enough for it to be dark inside (bonus points for using electric "candles" for illumination).
posted by Eideteker 01 July | 11:08
mygothlaundry: That scene is from Huckleberry Finn, and it's always stuck in my mind, as well. (Huck's on the run with Jim, and he decides to don a disguise and drop in on one of the locals of a neighboring town to get the latest news about his own faked death and the search for the escaped slave.) I always wondered about the validity of those little gender tests that the woman administers. If I remember correctly, another one involves threading a needle. I can't remember if boys are supposed to bring the thread to the needle or the needle to the thread, but it always makes me self-conscious whenever I have to do a bit of sewing: Lordy, I sure hope I'm not doing this the girly way!
posted by Atom Eyes 01 July | 11:54
Stash a box of gold coin chocolates.
posted by eamondaly 01 July | 12:03
Oddly, that skirt scene from Huck Finn captured my imagination, as well - I can remember practicing it too.

Thanks for the fun ideas. I do think we'll do some sort of fence thing - it's winter, so we can't do it outside, but we may buy pickets and have everyone paint/design their own.
posted by Miko 01 July | 12:11
corn pone
fat back
hard tack
fat pone
corn tack
tack back

That's wack.
posted by jonmc 01 July | 18:43
I HATE YOU SO MUCH, T-MOBILE!!! || three point status update