Sunday, May 27, 2012

Summer Diary: Day 2: Marshmallow Shooter

I have seen this idea around Pinterest & thought I'd give it a go today with the girls. It was the perfect weather today for some outdoor gamey fun. And we had little friends over to play with too!
For this project, cut off the bottom of a cup, knot the end of a balloon, & then snip off about 1/2" from the rounded part of the balloon. Then, slip the balloon over the bottom of the cup.

From here on, this project was pretty much a dud for us.
Our problem was that the balloons kept repeatedly slipping off the cups. (The plastic cups seemed to slip worse than the styrofoam ones.) It wasn't until AFTER our launchers were made that I discovered the site "Come Together Kids" where Laura suggests attaching the balloon around the lip of the cup. 
(That makes TOTAL sense now.) So, go see Laura's blog, she knows what she's doing.

The site also suggests using mini pom-poms as well as mini marshmallows. (The mini pom-poms would have been SO MUCH more fun to use than having to cut up big marshmallows into smaller sizes due to the fact that I didn't have any mini marshmallows.)

We did get to launch a few marshmallows. And, boy! They shoot pretty far!
•See who can shoot it the farthest. 
•Or who can launch more at (or into) a specified target. 
•Play "catch" with a partner.
•Launch a marshmallow straight up in the air & see how many times in a row you can catch it.

Eventually the girls ended up decorating their feet with the discarded balloons.
They called it "recycling".

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