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Three Ways to Get Kids Interested in Archery

A young archer can learn the value of patience, practice, and the importance of safety in the field.
A young archer can learn the value of patience, practice, and the importance of safety in the field. (Adventure Awaits!/)

It doesn’t take much to get kids interested archery. In most cases, they just need a suitable bow in their hands, a bit of safety and aiming instruction, and the room to exercise their energy and imagination. Depending on a child’s age, you can start them off with the tried-and-true suction-cup arrows or with a genuine bow capable of sinking field tips into a real target at five to ten yards. Wherever they start, be sure to emphasize safety first as you introduce them to the joys of a lifetime sport.

A Bow Like Dad’s

Genesis kits are the official bow-and-arrow products of the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP).
Genesis kits are the official bow-and-arrow products of the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP). (Genesis Bows/)

A youth compound bow in the 10- to 20-pound draw weight can accommodate a wide range of draw lengths. That is, the bow can grow with a beginning archer for several years before needing to upgrade.

The Toy Bow

A toy archery setup is perfect for safely getting someone interested in the sport.
A toy archery setup is perfect for safely getting someone interested in the sport. (GoBroBrand/)

For the youngest archers, a toy bow with suction-tipped arrows is a great way to promote safety awareness, eye-hand coordination, and an appreciation for practicing any skill. The hours spent plinking with such a toy can instill a love of archery that lasts a lifetime.

Traditional Spirit

A bow two-pack makes a terrific birthday gift.
A bow two-pack makes a terrific birthday gift. (Adventure Awaits!/)

Traditional wooden bows summon the sense of adventure in children. An appreciation for the graceful shape of a recurve or longbow is intuitive in people of all ages and instills the urge to brace an arrow and let one fly.

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