Thursday 19 May 2011

Ping Pong Ball shooter - Tutorial

We made this the other day using things from around the house.

What you need:
small box or milk carton
toilet roll middle
elastic band
drinking straw
bamboo stick
ping pong ball (or rolled up newspaper will work)
tape and scissors
something to decorate your shooter with, we used foil, stickers and tape.
 Take the toilet roll middle and make two slits about 4cm long and 3cm apart repeat on the opposite side of the toilet roll middle.
 Fold the flap into the middle 
 and add a bit of tape to keep it in place.
Turn the toilet roll middle 90° and cut two slits at the other end of the roll, 3cm long and 2cm apart. Hook the elastic band around the flap, push the flap in and hold it in place with tape. 
Turn the toilet roll 90° again and make a hole 4cm from the end, repeat on the opposite side. Decorate the toilet roll middle.
Take the box and on the side mark 5cm down and make a hole, repeat on the opposite side. 
 Push the bamboo stick through the holes the decorate the box.
Cut a piece of straw about 1.5cm long and slip it over the bamboo stick. 
Turn the box over so you are looking at the back of it. Slide the toilet roll middle onto the bamboo stick, the flap with the elastic band should be at the bottom and facing the front like the image below. Pull the elastic band and tape it to the bottom of the box, as shown. 
Pull the toilet roll back so that the elastic band is tight, pop in the ping pong ball and... 
Ebi-kun had fun trying different ammunition and seeing which will fire the furthest.


  1. What a fun activity! This looks like the perfect way to spend a rainy afternoon. Thanks so much for the how-to, I'll be spreading the word.


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