Japanese Shoe Swaps


Cut three pieces of wood (balsa wood is easy to work with and light in weight for a swap). The wood should be ½ cm thick. One piece should be approx. 5 cm x 2½ cm, and the other two pieces should both be approx. 1 cm x 2½ cm. Glue the two smaller pieces across one side of the larger piece, each of them one third along the lager piece, almost as if you are making a miniature table. This is an approximate diagram - the x's are the smaller pieces of wood.

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On the other side, take 9 cm of a pipe cleaner - color of your choice - and bend it in half. Glue it in the places marked with an x in the following diagram.

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To finish, glue a pin back on the bottom of your Japanese shoe.

In addition to making a swap, the girls can also practice using tools such as a small saw to cut the wood.

Contributed by:
Junior Troop 602, MiCasa Service Unit, Girl Scouts of Tres Condados, California

Instructions written out by:
Liz Watts
Cadette Leader, Girl Scouts of Tres Condados, California
Former Guider and County Hillwalking Adviser, UK
Member of The GuideZone team


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