Remember those secrets way back when that involved branches & roving? Those secrets that were intended for three Christmas stockings? Well, they didn’t make it into the stockings. A supply failure at the last minute made this Mama move the whole assembly process from a busy December afternoon to a quiet morning in January. Which was all around better, since then, I had those three boys right there with me, helping in the making process.
Because every boy should know how to build a sling shot, right?
Oh, and felted wool balls? They make for perfect indoor ammunition!
Um, People? They were a hit! Forget Christmas, these were just the thing for free time crazy-fun during a several-days-long single digits cold snap in January!
Want to make one?
Each sling shot will need:
A Y-shaped branch, cut and dried indoors for at least 3 weeks
2 feet of latex tubing, cut in half (so you’ll end up with 2 – 12” pieces)
an oblong shape cut from scrap leather, with 1/2 slits cut parallel to the sides, 1/2” away from the outside edges (make sure the leather is nice and thick, yet supple!)
waxed thread or dental floss
Wrap one end of each piece of latex tubing around each upright of the Y-shaped branch, tie tightly with floss. Feed opposite ends of the tubing through the slits in the leather piece, fold back and tie with floss.
Felted ball ammo making process can be found here.
Place a felted ball in the leather ‘pouch’, pinch it between forefinger and thumb from the back side (like he’s doing up there), pull ‘er back and let ‘er fly!