The children received quite a few Nerf guns for Christmas. Needless to say, the Nerf darts have been flying fast and free, since then. Tired of ducking, and weaving through the halls, I decided it was a good day to work on a project with T.
I got a pretty big kick out of it, when one of T's friends called, and he told him, "I'm right in the middle of a craft with my mom, and I really want to see how it works out. Can I call you back?" Big Mom grin :)
- a large cardboard box (we had a number of great boxes arrive at the house the week before Christmas)
- a wood dowel, 1 foot long
- a drinking straw (a little wider in diameter than the dowel)
- and markers.
We started by cutting a rectangle about 10 inches wide (so, the opening was narrower than our dowel), in one side of the box.
We used a bowl, to trace out a barbell like target, on the cutout piece.
Which, we colored, quickly, with markers.
Then, we cut a small piece of straw, and slipped it over the dowel. Before we hung the dowel across the opening in the box, we added two pieces of tape on either side of the straw, to keep it centered.
We taped our target to the dowel. We started taping it in the center of the target, but realized after we taped the dowel across the opening in the box...
...that we had to adjust it, so it would hang down lower on the bottom, to make it bottom heavy, so it would hang vertically, instead of balancing horizontally. It proved to be a good science, and math lesson, as we not only had to adjust the balance of the target, but also cut the hole bigger, to allow the target to spin freely, without hitting the box.
I'm sure the Man of the House will have some modifications to make, when he gets home, but for now, at least I can walk through the house without donning a hard hat, and safety goggles.
It's great to be a homeschooler.