How to make your own sling shot

Having a son has forced me to learn all kinds of activities that I never played as a child. I enjoy learning new ways to enrich and broaden his childhood.

One morning he woke up determined to make a sling shot. I’m pretty sure it was Angry Birds that sparked interest in sling shots.

I had a basic understanding of how to make a sling shot, but searched on YouTube for a video. We found some simple ones there were made by a kid. We tried a few ways and it was my son that innovated his own slingshot by taking two permanent markers and attaching the elastic to the lid tops and taping the bottom. As a parent, I try to instill creative thinking and innovation and being proactive. When he came to me with his own version of a sling shot, I was very proud of his four year old problem solving skills.

After we’d made our sling shots, I pulled our our children’s bible and shared the story of David and Goliath. He listened with stillness and big eyes as I sared how David was small boy, just like him, but he was able to bring down the giant because of his faith in God.

I shared how when I was living in Jerusalem for Study Abroad with BYU, I went to the field where the scholors believed David and Goliath met. I told him how I had used a leather sling shot to throw rocks and described the large field and the shallow raise of the hill in the distance with dreees lining the top. I can just picture David approaching the same field and David coming out of the trees to attack David.

We then used a huge POST IT NOTE and drew a huge picture of Goliath. We then found some fuzzy balls and practiced shooting Goliath. This turned into a week long activity that my son was able to play with me, his sister and his friends.

Finding ways to teach and entertain a busy boy is always a challenge. I like it when I find activities that can tie in educational aspects and make it a hands on learning experience.



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Go Adventure Mom’s found, Kathy Dalton, launched Go Adventure Mom in 2012 in an effort to bring women together that love travel and the outdoors. As a former ski instructor, Kathy has taken her love for outdoor recreation and through the power of social media has created a platform to share her passion with the world. As a mom of three, Kathy loves to share her family adventures in Utah, cross-country skiing up Millcreek Canyon, skiing in the Wasatch Mountains, camping in Grand Teton National Park and camping in the Uintas. Kathy has been featured in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Parents and Parenting magazine. Kathy is a regular contributor to Visit Salt Lake and is a tip contributor on TripAdvisor.

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