Cardboard Javelin

Cardboard Javelin


  • Empty cardboard tubes from wrapping paper
  • String, twine, or thin rope 5-8 metres long (the “line”)
  • Outdoor space with objects such as trees and fence posts to tie both ends of the line


  1. Pass one end of the string, twine, or rope though the hollow cardboard tube.
  2. Tie one end of the line to a firm object at the height of your child’s ear.
  3. Tie the other end to a firm object at a slightly greater height.
  4. Challenge your child to stand at the low end and “throw” the tube along the line.
  5. See how far your child can throw.
  6. Continue practicing and try to improve the distance each time.


  • Be sure to practice throwing with both hands.


This activity develops coordination of arms and torso, fine motor control, and the ability to “read” distances. These skills transfer to sports and activities that involve throwing an object accurately over a perceived distance (e.g., balls, javelins, frisbees, ribbons, sticks, batons).


  • Skill: Throw
  • 15 minutes
  • Suggested age: 4 - 10 years