The Olympic games are right around the corner, so it's the perfect time to stir up some friendly competition. This tabletop bow and arrow craft helps introduce your child to basic principles of physics while honing his hand-eye coordination. Get crafty, shoot and score for hours of fun with your little gold medalist.
Cut two notches on both sides of the craft stick, about a half-inch from the ends, for a total of four notches per stick.
Place the sticks in a container of water and let them soak for at least an hour.
Carefully bend the ends of the stick toward one another until the stick resembles the arch of an archery bow.
Tie the dental floss to one end of the stick, within the notches, and wrap the floss inside the notch a couple of times. Stretch this floss tightly (to hold the bow shape) and repeat the process on the other side.
Allow the bow to dry completely.
Browse the web with your kid to choose a country that competes in Olympic archery, and invite your budding artist to paint the bow in colors that match the flags of various countries competing in the Olympic games.
Give your child stickers that coordinate with his country of choice (such as a bald eagle for America) to decorate that country's bow, or have him sprinkle on some glitter for an extra sparkle of color.
To make the arrows, cut a cotton swab in half, with the cotton side representing the arrow.
To bring a competitive element to your craft, fashion an Olympic target for your tabletop artchery. Draw and cut out rings in blue, yellow, black, green and red from construction paper, representing the five major geographical regions in the world.
Lay the rings down on the card stock in the correct order (blue, yellow, black, green, red) and cut a slit through each ring so they intertwine. Glue the rings down on the card stock.
Fold the cardstock in half and cut the back on both ends leaving a three-inch strip in the middle to help the target to stand up on the table.
How to Play:
Arrange the target at a distance that's ability and age-apporpriate for your young athlete.
Help your child load the bow with an arrow.
Gently pull back on the bow's string and let the arrow fly across the table toward the target.
He shoots, he scores! Does the arrow hit the target? Can you shoot inside one of the rings? Who can shoot the farthest?
Remind your kid to never shoot an arrow at another person or a pet—by playing it safe, everyone wins.