Playing is the best sport ever. When you play with your kids, you can go back to your childhood days and teach them how to have fun with timeless toys, such as a bow and arrows. Cowboys and Indians might be a bit old-time, but modern heroes still like the idea of scaring away dragons while flying on their unicorns.
Take a walk in the woods or in a park nearby, pick up some sticks and twigs and follow the instructions to make your own amazing bow and arrows.
- a flexible tree branch (for best results, our grandparents recommend either ash or hazel tree), which needs to be as thick as a thumb and about 80 cm long (adjust it according to the height of your child)
- a ball of wool
- hot glue
- some thin twigs
- cotton (makeup removing pads are ok) some pieces of fabric (12cm squares)
- rubber bands
- a piece of carton
- felt-tip pens
- a small knife
Clean the branch, remove all extra twigs and smoothen the edges with sandpaper.
Measure half of the stick, then use hot glue to fix a woollen yarn in the middle and roll it up and down to cover a 10cm space, which is going to be our handle. Pull the yarn tightly as you wrap it around the stick, tie a strong knot by the ends and fix them with some more glue.
Ask an adult to thin out the ends of the stick with a small knife and to carve them in the middle to make two slits so that the string will stay in place. Tie a strong knot at the first slit, pull the string to bend the stick and form a bow and make a knot at the other end.
Let’s now make the arrows.
Remove all the twigs as you did with the bow.
Make a slit on one of the ends, this is where you will place the string.
Make a cotton ball, place it around the other end, rest the piece of fabric on it, gather up the edges and tie with a rubber band, so that the arrow tip is padded.
Use felt-tip pens or woollen fringes to decorate them to your taste.
Place a large plate in the middle of the carton and draw its shape using a felt-tip pen. Then draw other large and small concentric circles and write the score inside each circle (the closer to the centre, the higher the score). For example: 100 in the middle and then 50, 20, 10, 5, 0 towards the outside. You can also colour all the different sections.
Set a point where to shoot from, mark it on the ground using adhesive tape and start your game!