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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).
Go 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.
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