Velcro Dart Board Activity

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Updated on Jul 8, 2013

Darts appeal to young kids, but they're not safe at all. With this activity, they can get all the hand-eye coordination practice of a dart game, but with a much safer alternative to the typically pointy darts.

This dart game is sure to entertain and kids get some gross motor skill practice on the fly. Plus, throwing is a great way to help kids develop the hand-eye coordination they'll need as they get older. The best part of all is that it’s incredibly easy and quick to make.

What You Need:

  • Sticky backed velcro strips
  • 3 or 4 ping pong balls
  • 1 sheet blue felt
  • 1 sheet red felt
  • 1 sheet yellow felt
  • Thumbtacks
  • Scissors
  • Glue

What You Do:

  1. Help your child cut velcro into several thin (about 1/2 cm) strip pieces.
  2. Help your child peel the paper backings off the hook halves of the sticky backed Velcro strips.
  3. Next, help her place the hook halves of the sticky backed Velcro strips onto the ping pong balls. Make sure the velcro covers the ball adequately so that the ball will stick well to the velcro board when thrown.
  4. Set the ping pong balls to the side.
  5. Using the scissors, have your child cut a large circle out of the sheet of yellow felt.
  6. Next, have her cut a circle that is slightly smaller than the yellow one from the sheet of blue felt.
  7. Help your child cut a circle out of the sheet of red felt that’s smaller than the blue felt circle.
  8. Ask your child to apply glue to the back of the yellow felt circle.
  9. Let her press the blue felt circle onto the center of the red felt circle.
  10. Allow the glue to dry completely.
  11. Next, help your child apply glue to the red felt circle.
  12. Let her press the red felt circle onto the center of the blue felt circle.
  13. Allow the glue to dry completely.
  14. Finish up by helping her hang the dry dartboard on the wall with the thumb tacks.
  15. You're ready for a game of velcro darts!

Want to give the game more structure and practice basic addition, too? Keep track of the points. Players who hit the center get 10 points. The second circle is worth 5 points, and the outside circle worth 3. You could even use a permanent marker to write the desired points on the target itself. Then, let your child add up the scores at the end to see who has the most points.