Mini Archery

Overview of Activity

Make you own mini archery set.

Equipment Needed

  • Lolly sticks (soaked in water for 1 hour)
  • Cotton buds
  • Dental floss
  • Hole punch
  • Targets (anything you like)
  • Desk fan
  • Curved or spherical object (tennis ball or mug etc)
  • Scissors


  1. Prepare the lolly sticks.
  2. Soak the lolly sticks in water for one hour so that they become soft and flexible.
  3. Punch holes in the sticks.
  4. Use a hole punch to make four holes in each stick, one in each corner – the spacing should be perfect for each side of your bow.
  5. String your bow.
  6. Wrap dental floss around one end of the bow so that the wraps hold the loose end securely.
  7. Form the bow shape.
  8. Gently bend the lolly stick over a curved surface so that it takes the shape of a bow.
  9. Keeping the bow curved, carefully wrap the dental floss around the other end of the bow so that the string is tight and holds the bow shape.
  10. Tuck the loose end through your final wrap to secure the dental floss.
  11. Make the arrows.
  12. Cut one end off a cotton bud, then add a ‘nock’ at the end of the shaft by making a small notch in the cut end.


Risk Assessment

Leader in charge: Ed

Hazard Identified/Risks from it?Who is at risk? How are risks already controlled?What extra controls are needed?
Craft equipment, Is itappropriate for theactivity?AllCheck that the tools and equipment provided are in good enough condition, appropriate for the planned activity, and the right size for everyone taking part. For example, do scissors need to have pointed blades? Would a safer adhesive work? Should the task be done on a table? Is PPE (such as eye protection or gloves) required? Make sure there’s enough space between participants.
Rough wood / Wooden
Items?//Risk of splinters or
blisters from handling
AllTell people to take care when cutting or snapping wood. Wear strong gloves if you have them, bear in mind that gloves may affect your grip.
Scalds – Boiling liquidAllHave adult help / carefully move boiling water.
Sharp items, Injuries from
mistakes or misuse.
AllAdult to supervise young people when they’re using sharp items. Brief young people on using the sharp item safely before they use it