(Marshmallow shooters are great fun any time! We used our party as an excuse to make them... but we'll be playing with these for a long, long time! Don't forget to pack them on camping trips!)
The bag contained pieces of PVC pipe that could be connected and reconnected to make a marshmallow shooter. To encourage the kids to use their creativity, I didn't give them a how-to photo or example. They figured it out all on their own!
To fire, spies just need to drop a marshmallow in the mouthpiece and give it a strong breath of air. If the spies aren't satisfied with the shooter's performance, they can redesign it anytime! Needless to say, this game was a big hit with all our special agents...
My inspiration for the shooters originally came from Instructables, but I liked Roots & Wings Co. take on it for a kid-friendly mass-producible birthday idea.
Marshmallow Shooter Rules
Each of our kits contained 16 pieces of pre-washed (dishwasher) 1/2" PVC tubing, like Roots & Wings Co.:
- 2 straight connectors (mouth pieces)
- 2 end caps
- 2 Tee connectors
- 2 elbow connectors
- 24" of 1/2" straight tube cut in lengths (one 5", one 4", three 3", three 2" pieces)
The tubing above works out to $1.84 each with supplies from Lowe's. Of course, you may want to experiment and see what works best for your kiddos.
The straight tubing comes in 5 foot lengths, so you can make 5 shooters with 2 lengths. When selecting the connectors, be careful to make sure you get the smooth ones... they come in screw-on/threaded forms as well.
Consider purchasing a pipe cutter ($12.50) to make fast work of the cutting. I had my son help me measure where to cut and I did the cutting. Took less than 30 minutes!?!
(Added bonus... my husband likes to joke about how birthday parties are getting him new tools. He asked if I could design one that would somehow get him a table saw? :) )