STEAM Activity: Pompom Shooters, Marshmallow Shooters

 

What Kids Are Learning

Children can explore the principles of force, motion, and energy as they build and use their marshmallow shooters. They learn about potential and kinetic energy when they stretch the shooter and release it to propel the marshmallow. This is a really fun toy. My daughter played with it for days!

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What You Need

Pompom Shooters Materials
Pompom Shooter Materials

 

How To Make A Pompom Shooter – STEAM Activity

 

 

  1. Cut the bottom part of a plastic cup.

    STEAM Activity - Pompom Shooters Cut the Cup
    STEAM Activity – Pompom Shooters Cut the Cup
  2. Cut off the neck or narrow top part of the balloon. You will be using the wider, open end of the balloon for the shooter.

    STEAM Activity - Pompom Shooters Cut the Balloon
    STEAM Activity – Pompom Shooters Cut the Balloon
  3. Take the open end of the balloon and stretch it over the open end of the plastic cup. Make sure it fits securely and is airtight.

    STEAM Activity - Pompom Shooters Put Balloon Over the Cup
    STEAM Activity – Pompom Shooters Put Balloon Over the Cup
  4. Tape the balloon to the cup so that the balloon stays securely attached to the cup.

    STEAM Activity - Pompom Shooters Tape the Balloon and the Cup
    STEAM Activity – Pompom Shooters Tape the Balloon and the Cup
  5. Place a pompom or a marshmallow inside the balloon and hold it.
  6. Pull the balloon back like you’re stretching a slingshot.

    STEAM Activity - Pompom Shooters Have Fun
    STEAM Activity – Pompom Shooters Have Fun
  7. Have fun!

Variations & Challenges

  • Try different materials as balls such as scrunched paper towel balls or ping pong balls.
  • Experiment with different amounts of air in the balloon and how far you stretch it to see how it affects the distance the marshmallow can travel!
  • Do games! See who can shoot the farthest or who can get the pompom in the basket using a pompom shooter.

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Author

  • Isabelle

    Isabelle has been an entrepreneur for last 22 years in retail and educational industry. She is also a mom to a child in elementary school. She believes that when kids are curious and use their imagination, amazing things can happen. She is particularly interested in STEAM learning (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics). She believes when children are encouraged to develop STEAM skills from a young age, they gain valuable tools to tackle future challenges in a creative, imaginative, and innovative manner. She enjoys researching STEAM and craft activities, plays, toys and resources and share with parents.

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