Over the weekend, my husband had the idea that it would be fun to build a moving target for the boys to use with their Nerf guns. He was envisioning something with the targets on a string where we could slide the string along and move the targets. The boys thought this sounded like a great idea!
It took a little experimenting, but we came up with a sturdy design that was a lot of fun to play with!
I bought two paper towel holders at Walmart for $2.42 each to serve as the end posts for our game. Then, I put an empty paper towel roll over each one. I cut a couple of inches off of each paper towel roll before putting it on the holder so that there would be more room at the top. The purpose of the empty paper roll is to keep the string from sliding down.
Then, we needed some targets. I printed some Lego minifigure templates from Homegrown Learners and reduced them a little on our copier, and the boys had so much fun designing their guys. In fact, they spent most of Saturday evening just designing guys to be targets!
We glued each minifigure to poster board for added strength. Then, I taped a small piece of a drinking straw to the back of each guy. To make the target set-up, I threaded yarn through the straws.
To play, one of the boys can slide the string back and forth to make the targets move while another brother takes aim with a Nerf gun!
We added ziploc baggies filled with dry rice as weights to keep the paper towel holders from sliding around. This worked really well, and made the set-up sturdy enough to be fun.
Aidan was really serious about aiming just right, and he was way more accurate that I was! I didn’t hit any of the targets once! (Our dog totally thinks he’s one of the boys, and this picture proves it!)
And this is the face of a boy who just hit one of Mom’s Valentine’s Day flowers instead of the target:
For more Nerf fun:
Check out our Turkey Targets – pop up targets made out of file folders. We made them with a Thanksgiving theme, but you could put anything on them!
Also, check out this awesome Nerf Shooting Range from Busy Kids Happy Mom!