50 Dangerous Things: Throw a Spear

Task: We are wired for throwing things. Make your brain happy and throw a spear.



  • Clear area
  • Straight stick

Possible hazards:

  • Impalement
  • Danger to others
  • Cuts and scrapes


Find any straight length of material. We used a stick, but a broom or pipe would work. Figure out your grip. Make a target. Clear the area and toss away.

How It All Went Down:

Lisa: Hey Thomas, it’s time to throw spears in the front yard.
Thomas: Can we throw them at the house?
Lisa: No!
Thomas: The car?
Lisa: No!
Thomas: Why can’t we just superglue our fingers together?
Lisa: Sigh….

I rounded up Benjamin and one of his friends. They drew an animal of unknown species on a box and we called it the target.

Spear-throwing Target

The kids decided that throwing rocks would be better.

Throwing Rocks at a Target

Go with the flow.

I convinced Nathan to try the spear.

50 Dangerous Things: Throw a Spear

The target was pretty beat up. No one was injured and I think that both boys got out a lot of aggression. We could market this…

Want more?  Read about the rest of our experiences with 50 Dangerous Things. Inspired by Gever Tulley’s book 50 Dangerous Things (You Should Let Your Children Do).