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To eat or knot to eat

Learn and practise a diagonal lashing – one of the most useful and versatile knots there is – with a tasty reward.

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You’ll need

  • Edible poles (for example, pretzel sticks, breadsticks, chocolate fingers)
  • Edible ropes (for example, cheese strings, strawberry laces)
A step by step illustration of how to tie a diagonal lashing.
  1. Start by winding the string around both poles.
  2. Next, wind it back on itself.
  3. Wrap diagonally across the poles in one direction with two or three turns.
  4. Then wrap diagonally with two or three turns the other way.
  5. Tie off the lashing.
  6. The person leading the game should check everyone’s knot or lashing. If it has been tied correctly, it can be eaten – so tuck in!


This activity helped you to learn new skills by practising your knots and lashes. These can be hard to do at first, but practice makes perfect. Did you try something new today? What did you learn about the importance of knots and lashings, and how different ones are used at different times? What happened if you over-tightened your edible knots?

This activity was also about how we can use materials in the outdoors to help us. If you needed to tie a knot when you were out in nature, what might you be able to use? Why is it important to focus on making your lashing neat and structurally correct?


All activities must be safely managed. You must complete a thorough risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Always get approval for the activity, and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.


Remember to check for allergies, eating problems, fasting or dietary requirements and adjust the recipe as needed. Make sure you’ve suitable areas for storing and preparing food and avoid cross contamination of different foods. Take a look at our guidance on food safety and hygiene.

  • Scale back the challenge by encouraging the group to work in pairs or teams and help each other.
  • Increase the challenge by asking the group to construct shapes or miniature projects from the edible materials.

Use full-sized ropes and poles if working with miniature edible versions is difficult.

All Scout activities should be inclusive and accessible.

Practise some different knots or lashings. You could experiment with your own versions to see which is strongest or easiest to untie, or watch some tutorials on a site like Animated Knots.