Today’s kids would get a time-out (or worse) if they tried that. Shucks just having the matches might do it.
I do not remember any of my friends ever getting seriously hurt.
I know no 5-7 year olds are reading this blog. And I know if one of your grands kids would do this you would pitch a hissy fit. But I also had hours of fun with matchstick darts and mama never yelled once
Again, usually it was a secret trip for supplies to mama’s sewing treasures. You know, where the old buttons, straight and safety pins, scraps of materials for patches were, and get a needle.
The needle was the most difficult to obtain. The match stick and fins (paper strips) were easily available.
I carefully pushed the needle into the blunt end of the match stick, sometimes the red was still there. Then using a razor blade, split the other end and inserted the little paper strips. The little dart was great for a 4-5 year old. That was my age when I made my first darts.
It is amazing what a 4-6 year old can do when left with some stuff, and his or her imagination.
I am not ignorant, I know society has pointed the youngest youth in the direction of electronics and on the outside, much safer (but is it?)
Forgive me here, I am avoiding my ‘heart’ subject lately, ‘cremation.’ maybe tomorrow!