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    How to make a marshmallow shooter

    Marshmallows and kids go together. Marshmallows and kids and homemade shooters for flinging the marshmallows soaring off into the stratosphere go together even better.

    Here's how to make your very own marshmallow shooter to share — or not share — with the kids:

    marshmallow shooter 

    What you need:

    • Disposable party cup, one per shooter, with the bottom third carefully cut off by an adult

    • Balloons, one per shooter plus a few spares, just in case

    • Mini marshmallows (Regular size might work, too, but I can't vouch for that)

    marshmallow shooter supplies

    What you do:

    Carefully cut off about 1/8-inch from the rounded end of a balloon. Stretch that cut end of the balloon over the rim off the party cup (not the cut-off end), covering the entire opening of the cup and stretching to allow about 1/2-inch of the balloon to extend up the side of the cup, all the way around.

    Roll up the cut edge of the balloon ever so slightly all the way around the cup, to ensure the lip of the cup will grab any edges that threaten to slip off, keeping the balloon secure in place. Then tie the opening of the balloon just as you typically would with an inflated balloon.

    Your cup/shooter should look like this:

    marshmallow shooters

    From there, the fun begins:

    First, load the shooter with one marshmallow.

    marshmallow shooter

    Ensure the marshmallow is centered over the tie...

    marshmallow shooter

    Then pull back the tied end slightly for the marshmallow to fall into the indention.

    marshmallow shooter

    Aim your shooter in the direction you want the marshmallow to fly.

    aiming marshmallow shooter

    Then pull back even farther on the balloon, making sure your hands are closer to the rim than to the cut edge of the cup (because it's sturdier on the rim end and won't crush the cup). Also be sure to r e a l l y concentrate...

    marshmallow shooter aim

    Then let go and watch her fly!

    shooting marshmallow shooter

    Or not fly... at least not at first.

    With a little practice, aiming and shooting the marshmallow long distances comes easily. Bubby and I were eventually skilled enough at it to compete with one another to see who could shoot the marshmallow all the way across the yard and over the fence (into the wash, not the neighbor's yard).

    We tried shooting Cheerios and tiny craft pom-poms, too. We did the pom-poms indoors so as to not litter. The pom-poms didn't work so well. The Cheerios, though, were a smashing success — especially when we tried them indoors and they burst into pieces upon hitting the vaulted ceiling. (Don't tell Megan.)

    Roxy, the family dog, had a great time gobbling up all the marshmallows and Cheerios, both inside and out. And call me a bad grandma if you must, but Mac nabbed a fair share of the misfires, as well, picking them up and popping them into his mouth as quickly as we could fire them off. Hey, it kept him busy while his big brother — and his grandma — got the hang of shooting the marshmallows and more over the fence and out of the park.

    marshmallow shooter trio

    Today's question:

    When did you last blow up a balloon? Or eat a marshmallow?

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    Reader Comments (11)

    haha! This spoilsport Gma won't be trying this one at home (no Roxy or other dog here to gobble up the misfires)...unless my Grandson would? shh...I promise not to tell Megan.

    I last blew up a balloon about 2 months ago for my Granddaughter. Although I nearly passed out from the effort, I got 'er done : )

    May 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNonnieKelly

    This has my grand children written all over it.

    May 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterOlga

    Cute idea! I have never been able to blow up a balloon and last time I ate a marshmallow was over the winter as I was putting mini marshmallows in my granddaughter's hot chocolate.

    May 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie E.

    No little kids around this old GREAT-grandma...but I have mini-marshmallows around to eat off and on most of the time. Low calorie and all that, you know.

    No balloon-blowing here---I'd be afraid of bursting a blood vessel in my head.

    May 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnn

    You just made my day! What great pictures - and such concentration! Amara will love this and I just happen to have a bag of semi-stale mini marshmallows in the cupboard!

    Last time I blew up a balloon -- it has been at least a couple weeks but last Saturday I was the official in charge of tying all the balloons! Amara and the girls across the street did balloon art!

    May 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGrandma Kc

    Sounds like we all should blow up balloons now and then, just for the health benefits. :-D

    Grandma Kc: Stale marshmallows are perfect. The ones we used were not just semi stale but super stale. The more stale the farther they soar, I think. Have fun!

    Lisa, you had me at the first sentence!

    May 16, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbelinda

    Love the idea, and the pictures are just great! You could send this post to:" another of my favorite websites.

    May 16, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteraxiesdad

    What a fun craft to make for the grandkids! I'm sure my older grandson would love this while the younger one would gobble up as many marshmallows as he

    I last blew up a balloon for my grandson's 2 birthday party. Still able to do it without passing

    May 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPat

    LOVE this idea! With Cheerios and marshmallows. The last time I blew up a balloon was about a year ago when Grandpa got a ballooon-animal making kit for grandchildren and I helped blow up the balloons with the handy pump that came with the kit.

    May 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarol Covin

    I tried this but didn't have much success. The shooter didn't have any umph! You've motivated me to give it another go.

    May 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNina Lewis
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