When I came across a list of 20 indoor ball games, I was excited to try them. One problem though--no ping pong balls. So we improvised instead. I cut egg cartons apart and made "rocket pods" using rubber bands (hair elastics, actually). Then we used more elastics to make a cardboard tube launcher.
It had been a while since I'd done a crafty project outside the kitchen, and I think I had as much fun (or possibly more) with this toy as anyone! The rocket pods reminded me of the escape shuttles I had seen recently in the movie Guardians of the Galaxy. My kids may not be quite ready to see the film yet, but we can still have some space-age fun together!
- Egg cartons, made of cardboard or styrofoam
- Small rubber bands or hair elastics
- Plastic grocery bags (for filling)
- Cardboard tubes of different diameters (from paper towel and plastic wrap rolls)
- 2 brass fasteners
- Aluminum foil, optional
- Cut apart egg cartons to form cups. Stuff two cups with the plastic from half of a grocery bag. Secure the halves together with two rubber bands.
- To make the launcher, poke holes across from each other in one end of each cardboard tube. Put the brass fasteners in the holes of the larger tube. Thread a rubber band though each hole in the smaller tube and form a secure loop. Put the samller tube inside the larger tube and attach rubber band loops to the fasteners.
- To decorate the outer tube with silver foil, wrap with foil and secure with three rubber bands.
- To launch rocket pods, pull the inner tube back to stretch the rubber bands. Balance a rocket pod on the other end, aim the launcher, and let go of the inner tube "trigger."
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