I’m still coming to terms with the fact that I have a teen and tween.
News Flash: They aren’t babies anymore.
I get it. I get it.
What was fun for twelve years is now boring. They are stretching me. Causing me to be creative in a different way. I’m actually pretty good with a room full of five year old’s. I can cut and paste with the best of them, but things are different now.
They are also slightly more violent.
Wars, not international (of course!), are kinda fun for them. Water balloons, shaving cream, marshmallow shooters…whatever. They’d be just as happy with eggs, mud, or tar and feathers. As long as they can nail their friends with something messy, they all seem to be happy.
Even the big kids.
Party hats and goody bags are so yesterday. Today we declare war.
DIY Marshmallow Shooters
The marshmallow shooters may have even been a bigger hit than the shaving cream wars of last summer.
After we made forty, I said to my husband, “Gee, I’m handing out blow guns and bags of ammunition as party favors. I could make a parent or two mad.”
As it turns out, we must live in a town where shooting each other with mini-marshmallows is perfectly acceptable. Thank my lucky stars. I didn’t make anyone mad.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Sticks of PVC
- End Caps
For each marshmallow shooter, you will need one 2 inch piece, one 12 inch piece, one t-connector, one 5 inch piece and one end cap. Don’t skip the end cap or else it won’t work.
Follow the dimensions above and glue each part together with PVC cement.
We used a special pair of clippers to cut the PVC. My husband had them from when he redid the plumbing in our house. You can also use an electric saw or an old-fashioned hand saw.
You can pressure fit the pieces together, but they will come apart. Adding PVC cement only takes a second and is worth the effort.
Place the marshmallow into the mouth piece and give a big blow.
Just be careful your kids don’t put a toothpick in the marshmallow and blow those. Believe me, they’ll think of it eventually, because a dart gun sounds even cooler than a marshmallow shooter.
Disclaimer: This is all in the name of fun. I do not condone violence and I’m not teaching my kids it’s ok to shoot each other. They know the difference between real guns and marshmallow shooters. I hope you teach your kids the difference too. Then end.