It would not be a surprise if your 4 year old is fascinated about bows and arrows. It would be no harm if you can help them make a super cute and safe bow and arrow to keep firing and enjoy.
What you will need:
• Craft Sticks/ Popsicle sticks
• Dental floss
• Cotton Swabs
Start by cutting two notches into your craft sticks on each end. You’ll want them close to the end of the stick, and fairly deep.
Then pop your sticks in a glass of water to soften the wood. You’ll need at least an hour for this step (and a little longer didn’t seem to hurt it).
When you’re ready to bend your bow, start by wrapping the dental floss around one end. I just wrapped it around 3-4 times, securing it in the notch. Then holding the stick in one hand, stretch the dental floss to the notch on the other end, but 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.
Then just wrap the floss around the other end of the stick, again pulling it taut and tightly into the notch. I just wrapped it a few times again, and then cut it off.
Your bow is ready to go! Your knights can decorate it with markers if they’d like to personalize them.
Remember to snip the ends off your cotton swabs. (You could also put your kids to work on this, using a set of nail clippers.) It takes a bit of practice to get the motion down for shooting this teeny bow and arrow, but once you do, it’s great fun! We found we could shoot those little arrows 10 feet or more! You could set up targets (using bowls or waste baskets to shoot into, or make bulls-eyes with cardboard & paper) for extra fun. Then it’s Ready..