Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Toy Archery Set Reviewed

Developmental Skills Practiced During Play

archery - girl shooting a bow and arrow
Archery image courtesy of Pixabay.com
I would like to review a toy archery set for you today as a possibility for a gift for a child on your gift giving list. We recently had a birthday party for our little granddaughter and she received a toy archery set as one of her gifts. At first you might think this would be an odd choice for a little girl, but it actually has a lot of benefits that are hidden by play.

I have always loved toys that help a child develop skills why disguising their uses as just something to play with. What I love about the archery set is that it covers several aspects of skill sets in one toy. 

Their dexterity is improved as they learn to place the notched part of the arrow onto the string and hold it in place while pulling back the string to release the arrow. Eye-hand coordination is improved as the child learns to aim for a target and shoot the arrow. Even their upper body strength is improved as they use their little arms to pull back the string to shoot the arrow. All the while, the child just thinks they are playing!

Now, the archery set that was given to our little granddaughter does not have any sharp points on the arrows. The tips are rubber and will not penetrate anything. Of course, we picked out targets like trees and explained that you should never shoot the arrow at a person or pet. We explained that even though the tip was soft, it could hurt someone if it hit their body. 

We had so much fun playing in the backyard with this bow and arrow set! If the arrow is shot strong enough, you can even hear a whistle as it flies! I think the adults had just as much fun as the children did.

I also like that you can get the archery sets for girls or boys. It encourages outdoor play while having fun and honing some of those body skills that other toys may not address. We even worked on a point system that helped our little grandchild work with numbers and math skills. It was great fun for the entire family!

With the holidays approaching, this is a great gift idea for any young child on your gift list.

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  1. What a truly fabulous gift suggestion! Archery is most often associated with boys, but I wholeheartedly agree with you. A toy archery set is a great gift for girls! There is a huge sense of accomplishment when you hit a target and using a tree is an excellent place to start. I like that idea for a beginner better than a bullseye target. They are much more likely to hit the tree than the center section of paper target. Plus, Nerf toys are simply totally awesome!

  2. I agree with you Bev. I love toys that are so much fun but at the same time teaching some sort of skill. I believe this to be true in a lot of video games the kids play. Thanks.

  3. What a fun gift idea for a child -- boy or girl. Nice that toys can be for both these days, especially one like this archery set. You came up with a grand idea for your granddaughter's birthday gift, Bev.

  4. This would make a great gift idea for a couple of kids in my family! They're very much the outdoorsy type and would get a lot of enjoyment from this. I had NEVER thought of this, but honestly will have to add to my list for gifts.


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