So, the little girl drew an archer during her art class and it gave me an inspiration to make something easy but fun for the kids in this week's Creativity 521 - DIY Bow and Arrows!
I personally like games that need aiming and precision and I realised that the big girl probably has that same gene because she was very much into target shooting games when we went visiting during CNY last month. Thus, I thought it would be pretty cool to let them become little archers and better still, make use of it to play some learning games too! Here's what we did.
1) Balloon sticks
3) Elastic string
4) Thin cardboard
6) Washi tape
Firstly, thread the elastic string through the balloon stick.
The designs of the washi tape also makes the arrows look prettier, don't you think so too?
Ta-dah! My little archers are all set for some fun!
Anyway, instead of shooting aimlessly or aiming for score targets, I decided to do something more educational. I printed out chinese numbers from 1-10 since I was trying to teach Ariel to recognise these words. To turn them into flash cards, I cut and laminated them one by one and stuck them using blu-tack to the wall. So, the idea is simple, she just had to aim and hit the number that I read out!
As for the big girl, of course, I couldn't let her miss out on the fun too. So, considering that she's been learning subtraction and addition, we used math sums to let her decide which number to hit. I purposely made use of two-digit numbers like "What is 29 - 22?" as she's been finding it a challenge to understand the concept. Well, I hope we can play more games as we go along! I think it will be definitely be fun to let them learn about shapes, colours, alphabets, spelling, phonics and word recognition through archery!
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