In the last journal, you read a story about Yeshey (YEH-shee) and his family (if you missed the story, find it here). They are Bhutanese (Boo-tah-NEEZ), an unreached Buddhist people group in Bhutan. Enjoy learning about Bhutan’s national pastime with your family.
Mini Bows and Arrows
Celebrate Bhutan’s favorite sport, archery. Every village has an archery range and families take local tournaments very seriously! Using bamboo bows, contestants shoot arrows at brightly colored wooden targets. If an archer hits the center of the target, he earns three points. Everyone joins in the cheering, dancing, and joking – all in the spirit of friendly competition. Make your own mini bows and arrows with your family. You will need:
-glass of water
- Using a sharp knife, make two small notches on each edge of the craft stick near the end. Repeat near the other end.
- Put your notched sticks in a glass of water and let them soak for 90 minutes to make them flexible.
- Afterwards, tie a piece of dental floss around the notches on one end of the stick and wrap it a few times. Carefully bend the stick to make it bow.
- Wrap and tie the other end of the dental floss around the remaining two notches. Make sure the dental floss is taut and tied on the same side of the stick on both ends.
- Cut off excess floss.
- To make arrows, use nail clippers to remove the cotton from one end of each cotton swab.
- Practice shooting your arrows at targets or into containers.
- Afterwards, spend time praying as a family. Ask God to reveal Himself as the true and living God to Bhutanese families who are worshipping idols.