The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Make a slingshot

With prudent supervision, it can bring the story of David and Goliath to life

Slingshots can be dangerous — and, yes, they're one of those things that actually can put an eye out. But with prudent adult supervision and a healthy dose of common sense, a homemade slingshot can be a hands-on way to engage older boys in the story of David and Goliath (1 Samuel 17).

design picsGo on a hike and hunt for Y-shaped branches among fallen tree limbs. Cut the branch to a size you can hold, and attach a piece of elastic between the arms.

Set up a pyramid of empty cans in an open space free of people and pets. Use the slingshot to propel a foam ball or whiffle golf ball (not rocks or hard objects, mind you) and see if you can knock the cans down.


Erma Wolf

Erma Wolf

Posted at 10:46 am (U.S. Eastern) 4/18/2012

Um, and then what?  Take the slingshot away?  Lock it up? Destroy it? While I'm not one who gets overly paranoid regarding youth and such things as slingshots, fireworks or Boy/Girl Scout knives (anyone remember those?), I think this idea needs a whole lot more thought before attempting to implement this.  (Not to mention that this is not the kind of sling that David used against Goliath.) 

Basically, this is teaching a child how to make and use a weapon.  Let's think about that a while before adopting this as a "Biblical object lesson."

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