Straw and paper shooters are very simple to make, and kids of all ages will love them. Just ask my husband. It is one of those easy crafts that takes minutes and then is enjoyed over and over again. I found this idea a while back at Life at the Zoo. I pinned it for later use, and I finally got around to making them.
Above is the simplified visual tutorial. I’ll break it down.
The first thing to do is to cut your paper to size. You don’t want thick paper. Just a normal weight paper will do. I have loads of fun, colorful paper to choose from. I know the kids like to look through the papers to pick out their favorites, so I let them do that. At Life of Zoo she had them color on the paper, which is another great option. I then drew out the rectangle for them to cut. I made the rectangle about 2/3 the length of the straw and then about two inches wide. There’s no exact science to this.
The next step is to roll it up. I used the straw to help me roll it up. The picture above is me helping Kenzie hold it together once it was rolled into place.
Taping is the next step. I had the girls tape all the way up the long edge. Then, they fold over the top and tape that down as well.
There you have your shooter. With the air tight paper, when you blow into the straw the air has no place else to go, so it pushes the paper across the room.
Here’s another shot of mid-air papers. The kids were having a competition in the kitchen to see who could shoot theirs the farthest. It’s kind of a blurry picture, but I wanted to show the fun they had as they kept competing over and over for distance.
At Life at the Zoo blog, she drew chalk lines to have places to aim. Great idea.
This should entertain the kids for quite some time. I can’t imagine you won’t join in the fun too.