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What would you put in a Famous Five adventure kit?

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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

FireOverBabylon Fri 26-Oct-12 11:59:41

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!

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