QUICK AND EASY SLINGSHOT CRAFT

This Quick and Easy Slingshot craft coordinates with a children’s lesson on David and Goliath.

Our recent reading of the book Goliath Must Fall has fostered a discussion of the Biblical account of David and Goliath in our home. It is undoubtedly one of my boys’ favorite Biblical stories– a boy defeating a giant with nothing but a slingshot and a stone.

The full account of the story of David and Goliath may be found in 1 Samuel 17.

This quick and easy Slingshot Craft has been a fun way for my boys to imagine what happened in the story. Of course, we exchanged a stone for a pom, a much safer alternative for little boys.

Disclosure: Please note that full completion of this craft requires the use of a hot glue stick and a hot glue gun. A hot glue gun should only be used by an adult.

SUPPLIES:

  • 2 large wooden craft sticks (also known as popsicle sticks!)
  • 1 medium to large rubber band- Be sure to choose a rubber band that is not skinny. A normal length rubber band is sufficient, but the width of the rubber band must not be skinny
  • Kid-friendly scissors
  • Medium or large pom to use in the slingshot
  • FOR ADULT USE ONLY: hot glue sticks and a hot glue gun
  • Optional: strong tape

Cut the rubber band in half.

Take one end of the rubber band and tie it around one of the wooden sticks. Be sure to secure with a tight knot.

Repeat with the other wooden stick and and the opposite end of the rubber band.

Push the tied rubber band down to the middle of the wooden sticks.

Place the wooden craft sticks in a “V” shape with one end on top of the other. The upper portion of the wooden craft sticks should be wide. Use the hot glue to adhere the ends. Allow the hot glue to dry so that the wooden sticks are permanently in the “V” position.

Have the child try out the slingshot by holding the glued end in one hand. Place the pom in the rubber band and pull back. Let go and watch the pom fly!

If the knots are not tightly secure around the wooden craft sticks, they may loosen from the sticks when pulling back from the rubber band. If this happens, re-tie the rubber band. Add a strong piece of tape around the knotted portion to reinforce.

See more faith based activities for kids here!

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