Friday, January 22, 2010

Marshmallow shooters

Someone was inquiring about marshmallow shooter birthday party and wondered if I had some photos
to kind of illustrate what they were all about a little more clearly. As you can see, it's quite simple. Lengths of pipe, T-joints, ankle joints, and end caps... you can build the standard model shown here (or an even smaller, simpler version) or you can just get creative and build whatever you want. As long as it only has one entrance (into which you blow a big puff of air) and one exit (into which you put the little marshmallow, to be propelled outward by your breath) it should work. I love this project and we do it all the time, in tinkering class, at camps, at parties, or just in the afternoon when we're bored. It's a great tinkering project because kids as young as 2 can totally work with these building modules, they're easy and satisfying to connect. Throw in a few marshmallows and not too many kids are going to turn their noses up at this one.

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