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Hunger Games How-To

If you were at our recent Hunger Games program and need the instructions to complete your bow & arrow kits, or if you just love all things Hunger Games and want to create your own mini bow & arrow sets at home, follow the instructions below. These things are really fun, and believe it or not, if you do it right, the Q-tip arrows can fly about 15-20 feet!

Mini Hunger Games Bows & Arrows
What you'll need:
popsicle stick
Q-tips
dental floss
bowl of water
nail clippers

What you'll do:

  1. Using nail clippers, cut two notches on each side of the popsicle stick, about 1/2 inch from the ends of the stick. You may need a parent to help with this step.

  2. Soak the popsicle sticks in water for several hours. The longer you soak them, the more pliable (bendable) they'll be, and the less likely they'll be to break when you string them.

  3. Using the nail clippers, make your arrows by cutting off and discarding one tip from each Q-tip. Save the stick with the other tip attached -- these will be your arrows. You'll probably want at least five arrows.

  4. Take about eight inches of dental floss and tie one end around one end of the popsicle stick, then wrap the floss several times around the notches.

  5. Gently bend the popsicle stick and wrap and tie the floss around the notches at the other end of the stick. Make sure the floss is taught (tight) and the knots are lined up on the same edges of the stick. Cut off and discard any extra floss.

  6. Holding the center of the popsicle stick in one hand, line up the stick of the Q-tip on the floss, pinching the Q-tip and the floss with your other hand. Pull back on the Q-tip and let go. If you've done it right, the arrow should really fly!

What you'll need to remember:
If you need a visual, check out the instructions on The Brooding Hen or ask a parent to help you search YouTube for step-by-step videos on how to do this project. Remember to be safe and use nail clippers instead of sharp knives, and always ask your parents or older siblings for help.