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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Let's Make a Marshmallow Shooter

My daughter and her husband are required by the state to take classes to maintain their professional licenses.  It is called CE or continuing education.  It is very important for them to stay up to date on the latest information to keep patients safe.  Each class is different.  Some require many days of education and others require a day or two during the weekend.  Last weekend our daughter had to go to Milwaukee for a class so we watched her two sons Jack and Sam.  The boys usually ask to do a project with papa.  I have written about previous projects, but the workshop is cold and hard to work in during the winter.  They came up with an indoor project.  They made Marshmallow Shooters.

Before picking up the boys, we stopped and bought some supplies for the project.  We needed some 1/2 inch PVC plastic tubing and T's, elbows and caps to fit the tubing.


Given the measurements, the tubing had to be marked to the right lengths to prepare for cutting it.


Next step is cutting the lengths with the special cutting tool.


 After cutting, the shooter is ready to be assembled.



And there it is, a Marshmallow Shooter.  


Now, will it work.  A mini marshmallow is placed in the long tube,
and then you blow as hard as you can.


The soft marshmallows didn't fly too far, and they bounce off anything they hit and aren't harmful. 


Jack was wearing as little as possible.  We are freezing with socks and sweaters on, and Jack is running around shirtless and barefooted.  I guess the key to keeping warm in Wisconsin's winter weather is to keep moving, which he does.

The entertainment only lasted a short time and then it was back to electronics.  At least we made an attempt to do something fun.  However, the older kid in my house (AKA husband) is enjoying it.  He found out the marshmallows go further if you let them dry out a bit.  So now he scares the squirrels off the bird feeders and if he misses, which is most of the time,  it provides them with a special marshmallow treat. 

This Marshmallow Shooter is almost as much fun as his Potato Shooter. 


It doesn't take much to entertain some people.