This year when we came home from the county fair my son was the proud new owner of an archery set. After a few days of reminding my son not to point it at this or that I started looking for something to be a target he could shoot at to his heart content! This archery target craft was so easy to make and it’s been played with constantly and I haven’t had to remind him once to only shoot at the target because it’s all he wants to do .
- Gather your materials. You will need a suction cup archery set , some Styrofoam, duct tape, painter’s tape, a sponge roller or two, paint, a dish , hammer and nails. Oh and a tree or wall to nail it into.
- We started by cutting a square piece of Styrofoam and using the painter’s tape make 3-5 circles one inside the other. I was rushing to get this done before my daughter woke from her nap so I wasn’t at all careful but I loved how it turned out. Just make sure the tape is pressed down well. I placed it and my son pressed it.
- Next we picked the paint colors and painted. This is Martha Stewart craft paint and works on every surface- which is rad but it’s NOT at all washable so wear old clothes. The upside is that it’s also great for outdoors. Our target has been outside since we made it and it looks as good as new.
- We peeled the tape off .
- Added some duct tape at the top . I did this so that while nailing it the nails wouldn’t push right through.
- I nailed the first one in just enough to make it hold and let him go for it.
- Next it was time to try it out! Since making the target he pops outside almost everyday for target practice while his sister and I cheer. I love how it’s helped him deal with disappointment and frustration. When he first started playing with it he’d get really frustrated when he didn’t get a bulls-eye but now he can miss the target completely and let it roll off his back and try again.
JDaniel4's Mom says
It looks like you have a William Tell at your house.
Looks like lots of fun!
Megan @ Coffee Cups and Crayons says
Very cool! I love how he is learning to be resilient. 🙂
I like this kind of games or the kids its really fun to play with them..
I have three boys who very much enjoyed this post! I loved it too and linked to it recently on my own blog. Thanks for posting!