While at a tinkergarten class, my youngest found a wonderful arched stick. He wished to bring it home so he could have a “boo and arrow.” We found a large rubber band and cut two notches in the end with a hacksaw in order to thread and fasten the rubber band. The bow performs surprisingly well. With a little searching, we found another arched stick for brother, so they could each play.
One lazy weekend, while the kids collected sticks, I made felt arrow tips and felt tabs for the ends of the arrows. We had figured out that the tabs, when wrapped around the rubber band, made it much easier for the kids to pull the arrow back without loosing their grip. Success! Some hot glue holds the felt in place.
Then, as my kids have come to expect, they put in a request for an arrow quiver at my “felt toy workshop”, and a few hours later they each had a quiver to fasten at the hip. Using embroidery thread, I stitched a little arrow to the front of the quiver. The belt has a bit of velcro for fastening. The velcro I sewed on using my machine. The rest of the quiver is sewn by hand.
For this craft, you will need various felt colors, embroidery thread & needles, and some extra long rubber bands. Find an arched tree branch that is sturdy and some smaller straight twigs for the arrows.
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