I will start with the warning. The noise the balloon makes when you pop it to shoot the marshmallows is loud. This is definitely not something you want to give your 2-year-old right after you put the baby to sleep. Learn from my mistake, mothers. Do not do this.
Other than that, these things were a complete and total blast. We actually ended up shooting pompoms at each other because my son feels that using marshmallows for anything other than eating is a waste of time.
They’re really easy to make, too. A coat of paint, a little decoration, a balloon, and there you go. We stuck with an Easter theme, but these are versatile enough that you could make any animal your decorating skills permit.
I also made you an egg-shaped target to shoot at if you want to. This could make a fun party game, if you wanted to use it that way.
Start by painting the toilet paper tubes. We did white and yellow to make one chick and one sheep. Next, tie a knot in the end of a balloon.
Cut the balloon off about 2/3 of the way down.
When the paint is dry, draw faces on the tubes. I used a black and orange Sharpie to make the chick face. For the sheep, I tried adding wiggle eyes. This worked pretty well, so you can do that if you want to.
The last step is to stretch the balloon over the top of the tube to make a sort of party hat for your Easter friends.
To shoot the marshmallows (or pompoms), just place them in the tube, pull the balloon back and let go!