A Quick + Easy Cardboard Tube Slingshot


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Use this easy slingshot with mini marshmallows, pompoms or whatever you have lying around!

What you need:

  • Things you probably have around the house
    • Toilet paper tube (or similar cardboard tube)
    • Scissors
    • Mini marshmallows, pompoms (or other things to launch)
  • Things to buyschedule a reminder 1 week before you want to do this activity
    • Balloon – you only need 1 per slingshot, but get some extra

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Ideal Age Range:

Ideal age is 5 – 6. I think older kids would be able to make this easily and would enjoy playing with them with siblings or friends. Younger kids can play with them, but you will need to make it (watch for any choking hazards).

Mess Factor:

Low. This isn’t a messy project, but your kids will be launching small things around and they will have to clean that up.

Prep Time:

Under 10 minutes


How to Prep:

1 week before you want to do this, set yourself a calendar or task reminder to purchase any supplies you don’t have from the list above.

This is a really simple thing to make, but it may take a few tries with cutting the balloon and putting it on the tube.

  1. Cut the toilet paper tube in half (or cut a similar tube to be about 3″ long).
    • A longer tube will work, but with sticky items (like marshmallows) things may stick inside the tube instead of being launched.
  2. Cut the top 1/3 off of the balloon (the larger side, leaving the side you knot at the bottom).
Step 3 – place the balloon over one end of the cardboard tube

Step 3a – Tie a knot in the balloon (note: this tube isn’t cut, I recommend a shorter tube)

  1. Place the cut balloon over one end of the cardboard tube, leaving the neck of the balloon (where you tie a knot) over the open side of the tube. Tie a knot in the center of the opening.
    • You will have to help younger kids with this. Older kids may need a few tries to get the neck in the center so the knot is placed correctly. (If the knot isn’t centered it will be harder to launch some things.)
  2. Load your marshmallows, pompoms (or whatever) and launch!

Active Instructions:

No active participation needed from you. Let the kids launch away!

If you want to keep them playing longer, you can suggest some additional games:

  • Set baskets up and challenge kids to aim for baskets (assign point values to add some counting work)
  • Have one child hold up a hula hoop for target practice
  • Encourage children to launch mini marshmallows into each other’s mouths!

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