I was so inspired by this Tiny Bow & Arrow set that I saw on the Brooding Hen... My six-year-old is fascinated with bows and arrows, so this craft stick/Q-Tip combo seemed liked the perfect starter set for my little knight.
In all honesty, much of the actual assembly of the bow turned out to be mostly a grownup task. But the good news is that assembly goes quickly...and then you can set your little knights loose for target practice!
Start by cutting two notches into your craft sticks on each end. You'll want them close to the end of the stick, and fairly deep. (I ended up going back and cutting them a little deeper than I have in this photo.)
Then pop your sticks in a glass of water to soften the wood. You'll need at least an hour for this step (and a little longer didn't seem to hurt it).
When you're ready to bend your bow, start by wrapping the dental floss around one end. I just wrapped it around 3-4 times, securing it in the notch. Then holding the stick in one hand, stretch the dental floss to the notch on the other end, but take care to keep the floss on the same side. Note: The popsicle stick is not especially bendy, so you will need to bend it to shape with one hand, as you stretch the floss tightly across.
Your bow is ready to go! Your knights can decorate it with markers if they'd like to personalize them. (We didn't have the patience.)
Remember to snip the ends off your cotton swabs. (You could also put your kids to work on this, using a set of nail clippers.) It takes a bit of practice to get the motion down for shooting this teeny bow and arrow, but once you do, it's great fun! We found we could shoot those little arrows 10 feet or more! You could set up targets (using bowls or waste baskets to shoot into, or make bulls-eyes with cardboard & paper) for extra fun. Then it's Ready...