We kept the organized games to a minimum at this party. Several reasons, the most important being the kids were now old enough not to require entertaining or activity-management. Once they'd made their archery sets, we knew they'd be happiest just learning to use them. Grandpa Desmond provided us with ideas for more games but we were unable to even set them up because of the strong wind that day. These included bottles, cans and even cardboard boxes (yay!) as targets to knock over. We also considered tissue-paper in big frames (e.g. hoola hoops) hung from trees for the kids to shoot arrows through. Again, this idea was thrown out because of the wind.
The only structured activity we had at this party, therefore, were these hoops that we hung all over the yard.
Here's how we made them.
Remember those foam pipe things we used for both the bow grips and the arrowheads? You wouldn't believe how versatile these are.
We used the single long, unslit tubes (the ones on the left in the picture below),
inserted a short bit of PVC pipe or a fat dowel
and connected the ends
into a circle.
Couldn't be easier.
Then we got streamers
and wrapped them
to make six different colored hoops.
Which we then hung from trees (and anchored to the ground with stakes because of the wind)
and the kids went all over the yard trying to shoot an arrow into every hoop. It wasn't as easy at it looked, especially for the kids who had never used a bow before. But they learnt quickly, especially when they were allowed to practise at their own pace without adults holding daft competitions to stress them out (we offered lessons, though). When they were done, they got medals to eat.
These were just homemade sugar cookies with a hole punched out.
We frosted them to look like targets
and then strung them up with ribbons to go around necks.
One of the guests had a gluten allergy so Emily made her a perler bead medal instead and we told her she was lucky because she was the only one who'd be able to keep her medal beyond a day.
This brings us to the end of the Archery Party tutorials! One last birthday-related post tomorrow: homemade gifts for Emily!