The Slingshot: Taking Aim Outdoors

In preparing your children for the coming apocalypse, you must realize that your month-long stores of canned goods will eventually run out. At some point they will need to emerge from the bomb shelter and hunt radioactive chipmunks if they hope to survive. To that end, they will need some proficiency with the making and use of primitive weaponry.

I jest, but nevertheless, we did make slingshots this week, and we’ve been having a blast shooting pine cones at the side of the garage. Here’s how we made them. You will need latex hose from Home Depot or Lowe’s (it’s the same as surgical tubing but found in the plumbing section), Y-shaped sticks and something to cut them with, string, and a knife to whittle down your ends and cut your string. You will also need some leather—I bought a pair of gloves for $1.50 at the hardware store.

With the trimming shears and a saw we trimmed the sticks to a useful size, attached the hose with a little leather cut-out, secured it with the string, and voila! (By the way, I learned this method of string tying from an earlier post from our resident bike guru. See the link to the YouTube video nearer the end of Fun with Bug Excretions.)

With the project complete, it was time to lay down the ground rules: 1) No aiming at people, 2) no aiming at the house (or cars or anything breakable), and in our case 3) only shoot with pine cones. This latter rule is especially useful for us since the kids can hardly manipulate a small rock, nor do I trust a five-year-old to always remember rules 1 and 2.



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