DIY Marshmallow Shooters

Whewy! It sure has been hot here lately!  And humid too!  I guess that’s the definition of August in the Lowcountry though.  If I can endure it another month or so, then I’ll relax into the perfect Lowcountry season: Fall.

But for now, we are trying to enjoy the last few weeks of summer.  The girls are always wanting to bike/run/sweat outside.  Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against being outside….it’s the sweating that I can’t take.  So I compromised last week.  I made a game for the girls to play out in the heat, while I sat in the garage in the shade!

DIY Marshmallow Shooter from Palmettos and Pigtails

The goal of the game was for the marshmallows to land inside one of the chalk-drawn shapes on the road.  {Please note that we drew these shapes on the alley street behind our house that sees VERY little traffic.  But I still watched the kids carefully and kept my eye out for cars!}

DIY Marshmallow Shooter from Palmettos and Pigtails

Let me start at the beginning.  To make your very own marshmallow shooter, all you need is a cup, a balloon, scissors, tape and some marshmallows {or other soft things to launch}.  We used mini marshmallows, but I’m wondering if the regular size might be a bit heavier, and work better.

DIY Marshmallow Shooter from Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Marshmallow Shooter from Palmettos and Pigtails

Cut off the bottom of the cup {which proves to be an excellent marshmallow-holder when outside}, and the tip of the balloon.

DIY Marshmallow Shooter from Palmettos and Pigtails

Stretch the cut end of the balloon over the wider part of the cup and tape it down.  Tie a knot in the end of the balloon {this is the part that you’ll pull to launch the marshmallows}.

DIY Marshmallow Shooter from Palmettos and Pigtails

We found that by pulling the marshmallows into the little indent made by the knot {or the belly button, as Millie referred to it}, they shot much further.

DIY Marshmallow Shooter from Palmettos and Pigtails

Filling the entire cup up with marshmallows is fun too, but you gotta really pull hard on the balloon to launch them all.  The girls were concerned about recycling the marshmallows, so we spent a lot of time picking them back up off the ground for re-launching.  We also had a “snack” cup of marshmallows on reserve, so the recycled ones didn’t look so appetizing!

DIY Marshmallow Shooter from Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Marshmallow Shooter from Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Marshmallow Shooter from Palmettos and Pigtails

Mills had a hard time with the concept.  She would fill her cup up with marshmallows, and then tip it over to find the “belly button”….and then cry because all her marshmallows fell on the ground.  So she’d pick them up and try all over again!

DIY Marshmallow Shooter from Palmettos and Pigtails

The idea was intriguing to the girls {Whaaaaa? You are telling us to launch marshmallows at each other on purpose, Ma?!?!}, and the device was sooooo simple to make.  And even though the mini-mallows didn’t have the longitude that we’d hoped, it still kept us busy outside for a good half an hour!

Have you ever made these?  What would be better to launch?

Palmettos and Pigtails

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