What would you put in a Famous Five adventure kit?

(44 Posts)
SavoyCabbage Fri 26-Oct-12 11:54:12

My dd has asked for a kit like the Famous Five would have on their adventures for her ninth birthday.

She has specified
'field glasses'
Spare batteries 'in case I am down a mine shaft'

Any ideas what else I could put in? And what should I put it all in?

sassytheFIRST Fri 26-Oct-12 11:55:31

Ginger beer of course!!

A notebook with pencil attached by a piece of string

Groucho Marx glasses etc for disguise

Toy Sheepdog
Camping saucepan - I seem to remember that Ann (?) was always playing house when they went camping
Rug - always used in place of sleeping bags from what I recall

CaptainNancy Fri 26-Oct-12 12:01:11

What sassy said!
All in a little haversack- canvas if you can find it.
Waterproof trousers?
Morse code and semaphore alphabets printed out and laminated would be handy.

Brilliant idea!

Magnifying glass
Ginger beer
Old fashioned sweets such as humbugs to sustain her on her adventures
Old maps with Xs marked on them

HazeltheMcWitch Fri 26-Oct-12 12:02:15

Am sure you'd need a magnifying glass. In case you needed to start a fire.

dinkystinky Fri 26-Oct-12 12:02:17

Jar of strawberry jam for jam sandwiches



SavoyCabbage Fri 26-Oct-12 12:05:14

Yes! To all of these ideas! I am excited about it now.

And a screw of paper with salt and pepper, for the tomatoes.

She says she doesn't need rope as 'Julian has it round his waist'

fuzzpig Fri 26-Oct-12 12:07:54

Oh this is awesome. My nostalgia muscles are twitching grin

You need to put chalk in. This is essential for marking your way in a cave so you don't get lost, dontcha know smile

Also a notebook and pencil for scribble emergency notes.

Yes to chalk. How about a magnet to pull keys under doors and help George escape?

And don't forget a few doggy snacks for Timmy.

And some of cook's currant buns.

DameFannyGallopsAtaGhost Fri 26-Oct-12 12:19:14

A reel of invisible thread with a fish hook for working out how deep the well is or picking up the clue that's on the ledge below her?

SavoyCabbage Fri 26-Oct-12 12:21:33

I wonder if I can find a stone that is chalk-like stone.

I have found a canvas back pack on eBay.

nothruroad Sat 27-Oct-12 18:00:36

I think I love your daughter! What a great idea.

weblette Sat 27-Oct-12 18:53:32

A handkerchief to use to signal danger etc,

tinierclanger Sat 27-Oct-12 18:59:42

If you know anyone who lives in Sussex they should be able to send you a chalk stone smile

WearingGreen Sat 27-Oct-12 19:23:25

I was going to say compass but I've a feeling George can tell where north is using the sun and a watch so that might not be necessary. You may need a sheet of paper to slide under doors for extracting keys. Can she make the sound of an owl? If not you could include an owl call for signalling at night. Also a piece of card to go over the torch for signalling. Slabs of cake. Money for ices and milk from the farm, although Julian might be in charge of that.

DinosaursOnASpaceship Sat 27-Oct-12 19:59:00

Hard boiled eggs!

CaptainNancy Sat 27-Oct-12 20:44:55

Today I thought of cocoa.

SavoyCabbage Sat 27-Oct-12 21:11:34

I am going to use all of these. I think I will get her a compass. I am going to go to the camping shop on Monday. She could make her own packed lunch for a week with all the boiled eggs, current buns, ginger beer etc.

She can't do an owl call but she knows a boy who can and he has been trying to teach her. Dh would probably suggest an app that could make one. grinHe doesn't get all this at all! Can you get owl call whistles.

I think I need disguises. Headscarf maybe. Definitely glasses.

CPtart Sat 27-Oct-12 21:15:38

A flask of Aunt Fanny's hot soup or bottles of homemade lemonade which they were always making!

CPtart Sat 27-Oct-12 21:16:59

....or was that that the Secret Seven??

SavoyCabbage Sat 27-Oct-12 21:20:17

No that's the FF. I know as sometimes dd will come up to me and say

'Aunt Fanny, Uncle Quentin has to go on a scientist conference so you will have to go with him. Don't worry about us. We will go off to the moors and camp for the week. Byeee'

MissPricklePants Sat 27-Oct-12 21:21:02

Oh what a brilliant idea! A toy spaniel? (Timmy was a spaniel iirc?)

CPtart Sat 27-Oct-12 21:23:30

No I think Timmy was a collie?

MissPricklePants Sat 27-Oct-12 21:37:22

I am certain he was a spaniel...I will google!

MissPricklePants Sat 27-Oct-12 21:40:34

hmmm google says Timmy was a mongrel dog, seems we are both wrong! what series of books by Enid Blyton have a spaniel in?!

BertieBotts Sat 27-Oct-12 21:44:19

A book about secret codes?

amistillsexy Sat 27-Oct-12 21:46:13

Some lovely wooden bird call whistles here. She'll definately need one of these!

lurcherlover Sat 27-Oct-12 21:47:11

Invisible ink?

Runningblue Sat 27-Oct-12 21:49:05

I used to have a fab famous five mystery book where by the roll of the dice, the story was created according to what the dice said. 'twas fab.
Anyway tried to find that with no joy (it was probably 28 odd years ago!)

But found this http://www.gingerpop.co.uk/adventuretrail2012/ - a famous five adventure trail - maybe an idea to do with your daughter next year with her fab canvas haversack?

Runningblue Sat 27-Oct-12 21:49:36

www.gingerpop.co.uk/adventuretrail2012/ ... Sorry link should work this time!

HazeltheMcWitch Sat 27-Oct-12 21:51:15

No, don't give her invisible ink - give her an onion and a (spent) matchstick, and see if she can figure it out...

MrsShrek3 Sat 27-Oct-12 21:52:20

Has anyone said magnet and newspaper? (I'm on phone and read first page but it wouldn't turn over hmm )

MrsShrek3 Sat 27-Oct-12 21:53:28

Ooh Hazel, good idea! or a lemon if onions are too smelly!

Runningblue Sat 27-Oct-12 21:56:00
arfur Sat 27-Oct-12 22:01:21

Small mirror for signalling at night wink

arfur Sat 27-Oct-12 22:09:51

And an os map of your local area - such a lovely idea smile

Startailoforangeandgold Sat 27-Oct-12 22:16:30

In the same vein DD is very found of Glorious book for girls
Lots of retro fun and cooking and yummy baked potatoes enriched with egg that she makes for tea. (ok auto cook in a fancy combine microwave isn't authenticwink)

Sadly I don't think this is still in print, and my copies is much loved by me and DD1 and falling apart something to do 300 games hobbies and pastimes for all the year round

First published 1966, I was -1
My copy is dated 1973

Runningblue Sat 27-Oct-12 22:26:16

Ooh yes arfur OS map is great idea- and you can get one made for you with your postcode at the centre- www.shop.ordnancesurveyleisure.co.uk/osselect/?gclid=CN-1sqWRorMCFYdd3godihQArw

SavoyCabbage Sun 28-Oct-12 02:14:14

I was looking for those books and I found this.....Famous Five Survival Guide!!!

Runningblue Sun 28-Oct-12 07:48:09

Ooh lovely savoy, might get a copy myself!

CPtart Sun 28-Oct-12 11:50:08

MissPricklePants.....THAT was Secret Seven. Damned sure there was a spaniel in that! I must dig out my old books.....

If you think her sensible enough, add in a flint and strike - great little tool for lighting fires. Might be an idea to include a little book.on building safe fires.

Swiss army knife.

Metal water bottle.

Parchment for map drawing.

SE13Mummy Tue 13-Nov-12 20:58:44

I'm rather late to this but DD1 is having a 'Famous Five adventure' birthday party for her 8th birthday at the end of the month! We're giving a compass (attached to a carabiner - from eBay) and a magnifying glass to each member of the Famous Fiveish to use on their adventure.

In addition to all the suggestions you've already received, I think a needle and thread and a length of rope would be useful for your DD's kit...or a book on geocaching!

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