Who can play?
Children aged 3 years and above. All activities depend on your child's age and stage of development.
Talk to your child about aiming the arrow towards the floor rather than heads/eyes as this could cause an injury
What do you need?
- Cello tape
Fist we need to make the arrows. They are really simple to do. Firstly you need to make a small slit in the end of the straw. Next, cut out a feather shape from either a piece of card or foam and slot it through the slit you made in the straw.
Finally add an arrow head to the tip of the straw. For this Just cut out a heart from a piece of card (making sure that the point is slightly curved so it will not poke anyone) Next, cello tape it to the other end of the straw. We made four arrows for our game.
To set up the game, we drew a heart on the ground with a piece of chalk.
Taking it in turns we threw our arrows into the heart (be aware of the way the wind is blowing... We had to draw another heart, going in a different direction as our arrows were getting blown the other way in the wind and the children were getting frustrated)
We had so much fun and have a feeling that this game will be played well after Valentines Day.
Communication and Language- Listening to instructions. Talking about what has happened
Literacy- Recording information with chalk. Developing their writing skills.
Mathematics- Developing an awareness of numbers, addition and tally making.
Art and Design- Creating our own game
Personal, Social and Emotional- Cooperation and turn taking. Fun and enjoyment. Pride when they manage to get an arrow in the hula hoop.
Knowledge and Understanding- Learning about Valentines day traditions. Talk about how arrows were used for fishing and hunting.
Physical- Large manipulative skills when aiming and throwing the arrow. Hand eye coordination.
What could be done next?
- Substitute the heart with a hula hoop or a bucket for younger children, who have difficulty with their aiming and throwing skills.
- Draw a heart inside a heart and mark it with a number two. Taking the counting and adding one step further.
- For children who are confident with numbers ask them to write the numbers instead of lines to represent each arrow.
- If your child does not enjoy the number side of this game. Just have fun throwing the arrow at the target and introduce it another time.