Q-tip Bow and Arrows

Q-tip Bow and Arrows

My six-year-old is fascinated with bows and arrows, so this Popsicle stick/Q-Tip combo (as inspired by the Brooding Hen) seemed like the perfect starter set!

In all honesty, if your kid has average fine motor skills for the six-and-under age group, much of the actual assembly of the bow may largely be a grownup task. But the good news is that the assembly goes quickly once your Popsicle sticks are pliable...and then you can let your little knights loose for target practice!


Ages:
3 - 12
Est. Time:

How we did it:

Materials List

  1. craft sticks / popsicle sticks - A few should work
  2. floss
  3. cotton swabs (6)
  4. knife (1) - Or scissors (for the grown-up ����¯�¿�½���¯���¿���½����¯�¿�½������¢����¯�¿�½������¯����¯�¿�½������¿����¯�¿�½������½����¯�¿�½������¯����¯�¿�½������¿����¯�¿�½������½ to notch the stick and cut one end off the cotton swab)
  5. paper plates
  6. toilet paper tubes
  7. ribbon
  8. markers
  9. tape
  1. Cut two notches into each end of the Popsicle stick. Cut them fairly deep and close to the end of the stick. (I ended up going back and cutting them a little deeper than what you see in this photo.)

  2. Place your sticks in a glass of water to soften the wood. Leave them in for at least half an hour.

  3. Wrap dental floss around one end of a stick about three to four times, securing it at the notch. Then hold the stick in one hand and stretch the dental floss to the notch on the other endÃ�¢ï¿½ï¿½but take care to keep the floss on the same side.  

    Note: The Popsicle stick is not especially "bendy," so you will need to bend it to shape with one hand, as you stretch the floss tightly across.

  4. Wrap the floss around the other end of the stick, again pulling it taut and tightly into the notch. Wrap the floss around the notch several times and then trim off the excess floss.


  5. To take the fun a step further, we decided to create a quiver to hold all of our arrows! Get started by cutting a toilet paper tube about the length of the cotton swabs.

  6. Use a small piece of craft paper to cover the bottom of your toilet paper tube. Tape it down to secure it closed.

  7. (Optional) Use another piece of craft paper, and cut it down to the same size as your tube. If you like, draw or decorate your tube with drawings and patterns. Tape down craft paper to cover the sides of the tube.

  8. Use a hole puncher to make two holes on each side of the tube. Feed the ribbon ends through each hole and tie a knot on the inside to secure the ribbon.

  9. Use a hole puncher to make two holes on each side of the tube. Feed the ribbon ends through each hole and tie a knot on the inside to secure the ribbon.

  10. Now your quiver is ready to hold all of your cotton swab arrows!

  11. To create targets, cut out circles from a paper plate. Decorate them with circles or point values to complete the targets.