It’s getting nicer and nicer outside with each passing day and the kids are itching for the end of school so that they can play all day and have loads of fun. One of the great things about spring and summer is that there are so many cheap things to create for hours of fun. My kids love when I let them make this 5 minute DIY marshmallow launcher. When we make them it’s like summer camp is at our house. They run around the yard and even the house during bad weather shooting marshmallows at each other.
Quick, cheap and easy are words I love to hear when coming up with things for the kids to make. These 5 minute DIY marshmallow launchers fit the bill on all three. You can pick up every single thing you need at the dollar store and more than likely have some or all of the items at home already.
Cut an inch or two off of the bottom of the styrofoam cup.
Blow up the balloon but do not tie it. Let the air out so it can deflate. This helps to get the balloon stretchy.
Tie the end of the balloon as you would if it was inflated. Cut about 1/2″ off of the rounded top.
Open up the end of the balloon that you just cut and stretch it to fit over the bottom (cut end) of the cup.
Use duct tape to secure the balloon to the cup. I like colorful or decorative duct tape. It makes the shooters more lively and each kid can pick a color/design to customize theirs.
Now your marshmallow shooter is all ready to go. Pop a marshmallow inside, pull the tied balloon end and let it go! Watch the marshmallow sail through the air.
One of the things I love about this project is that it’s a great way to add some science into your children’s play without your kids noticing at all. Here’s how:
- Use both mini and regular marshmallows. Test to see which one goes farther.
- Hold the cup at different angles. Which angle made the marshmallow shoot farthest?
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