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Summer Craft #1: Penny Launcher

Posted by Patience on June 15, 2009 at 7:00 AM in Connecting with kidsFamily ActivitiesSiblingsSummer Fun
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Josiah has a knack for finding cool crafts from various places. The penny launcher has to be one of my boy's all time favorites and great for boredom blues. Here is what you'll need:

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toilet or paper towel rolls
electrical tape or duct tape
a pen (Josiah insisted you need this to write your name on your launcher so you don't lose it)
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Cut the balloon in two. Throw away the bottom half.
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Place the top part of the cut balloon over one end of the paper towel roll.
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Wrap the electrical tape around the tube to secure the balloon. Cover the entire roll.
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Here's what it looks like when it is all finished.
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Drop your penny in the bottom, pull back and let her fly!
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Jack always likes to show me how much hot air he has after.
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Pure launching joy!
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Jess writes...

That. Is. The. Awesomeness!!! Will have to share with my 6 y/o when he comes home today. (*goes to fish used TP rolls out of recycling*)

I adore the sidewalk chalk step-by-step diagram, too!

Anne writes...

Oh the wonder of children who are allowed to use their imagination - and Stuff to do it with! this is fabulous!

nicole writes...

Love the sidewalk chalk directions!

becky writes...

This is fabulous! Love how you illustrated it. My 3 boys are going to flip out over this idea! Can't wait to do it with them - thanks a bunch for sharing it!

PatienceAuthor Profile Page writes...

I think this might be the acceptable form of a slingshot and a little less dangerous? and green due to the recycled parts? or at least these are the things I tell myself! lol

Carrie writes...

Perhaps setting up targets or cans to shoot towards for points etc. could help avoid the likely tendency to shoot the pennies towards each other?

Allison writes...

We just made these, my two kids and the neighbors' kids, ranging in age from 6-9. They LOVE them and because they are a wild and crazy foursome, I introduced it as "marshmallow shooters" and practiced aiming into each others' mouths. So we used a bunch of marshmallows and when they were all gone, the kids had to go search for acceptable, non-harmful to windows or each other, alternatives. They found berries, leaves, sand (not my favorite), tiny pebbles, and who knows what else. An instant, fun hit!! Thanks for the idea!

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