These pom pom shooters are guaranteed to delight your little ones. I pre-made ours and had them on the dinning table to hand out the moment we had finished homework.  It worked as a really incentive for them to finish.

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You will need:

  • Disposable cups
  • Balloon
  • Pom poms
  • Scissors

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Start by cutting the bottom 3rd of the cup off and throw it away.

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Next cut the top of the balloon off.  Don’t cut too much off or the balloon won’t stay on properly.  You can always secure the balloon on the cup with some tape.

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Tie the bottom of the balloon (like you would if you have inflated it) and stretch the balloon over the top of the cup.

Then place your pom pom inside, hold onto the base of the cup, pull back the balloon and let go.

It can take a bit of practice to get the hang of it, but when you get it right you can send those pom poms really far.

I handed everyone their own cup with their own ammunition and told them to play. Sorry I have no pictures of us playing for this one.

It is amazing what children will do when they are just left to discover and play with things without an adult telling them what to do. By the end our game EC had found a new way to really send those pom poms flying.  If you stick it down the end of the balloon that you have tied off, pull back and release it, it will travel from one end of the house to the other, plus you don’t need to angle it up. He also decided that we were fighting in the trenches in WW1 and he was the goodie and I was the baddie. He told me I could only fire at him if he happened to put his head up over the top of the trench (which was the kitchen island). Thank you Horrible History for giving him the inspiration for his play.

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How to make an awesome pom pom shooter that kids and adults will love playing with.

 

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Nanny Anita
Norland Nanny

Nanny Anita is our resident Super Nanny. Having trained at the famous Norland College, in Bath, she has over 12 years experience, working all over the world with children from 2 months to 17 years old. Nanny Anita is an expert when it comes to keeping the little ones entertained and writes a column with Leonora called 'Get Crafty' for Little London magazine. Nanny Anita has been on hand to answer our reader questions, and she provides weekly arts, crafts and activities for families to do with their children at home. She really is a modern day Mary Poppins!

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