1. Ok, so that green cup is just for show, as you can see the finished products are gray. I basically wanted to be clear that this is NOT a disposable plastic cup. You're going to use one of those very cheap NOT disposable plastic cups. I tried it the other way. I even tried it doubling the cups up as was suggested by a few people. Didn't work. I was going to write it off as a craft fail. Then, I was in the dollar section at Target and noticed a four pack of these gray cups. When I saw the glitter pom poms and the hilarious monster baggies I realized it was meant to be.
2. Take your cups to your dad and beg him to cut the bottoms of with his fancy shmancy saw.
2b. Better yet, use your own fancy shmancy saw and cut the bottoms off. You know, if you have that kind of thing.
3. You can see that the cut leaves a rather jagged edge. Use coarse grade sandpaper and sand the edge down. It doesn't have to be smooth, just get the really bad spots.
4. Take your balloon and tie it in a knot.
5. Use your scissors to cut the tip of the balloon off.
6. Using both hands, stretch that hole you made suuuuuuper wide and pull it down over the hole you cut in the cup.
7. Place your pom pom in the cup.
8. Holding the cup in one hand, use your other hand to pull the balloon back and release! Watch it launch!
(I'll admit, I was pleasantly surprised by how well it worked when I tested it out.)
Now, you just need to separate your pom poms into colors and match them up with the balloons on your cups.
Take your sharpie and write the kids' names on the back of the zip-top bag. Put the pom shooter in the bag and zip 'er up. Look at those cute little monsters!
And let them play!
Would you like to know the best part (and also the reasoning behind) the color matching? Each child get their very own color. While they're playing, there's no confusion about whose pom pom is whose... when they clean up they can easily identify what's theirs... when they put them down and return later there's no squabbling about which one they should play with...
Ah. A way to squelch the fighting - once and for all! Just kidding. If only it were that easy...
However, it does actually help. Later I'll show you how I continued this concept of color coding per kid to help with other items.
But for now, let's just have fun, shall we? You can put in one pom pom, or a whole cupful!
And why did I make them pop out pom-poms instead of marshmallows?
Hahaha! I'm laughing because you had to ask.