Lately, the boys have been into anything that shoots, flings, or pops.  I experimented and created this simple Nerf dart popper for them, and they were thrilled!

Make a Nerf Dart Popper

To make one, you need:

  • A piece of 3/4 inch PVC pipe, cut to about 4 inches long
  • A balloon
  • Scissors
  • A rubber band

Construction is simple.  Cut the balloon as shown, and place it over the end of the PVC pipe.

Make a Nerf Dart Popper

 Fasten it on with a rubber band, and you’re ready to play!

Make a Nerf Dart Popper

 To shoot, pull back on the balloon and let go!  We had good success with any type of Nerf dart.

Make a Nerf Dart Popper

 I will say, though, that what shoots the best is something harder than a Nerf dart.  Nerf darts are the SAFEST option.  However, Gresham found that a little plastic “fire” (it’s a rod shaped plastic piece) from his McDonald’s Skylander toy shot REALLY far and well.  Please note that I am not recommending giving kids unsafe things to shoot, but if you have bigger kids that can handle it, you might experiment with shooting harder items.  You can even make an experiment out of it – what object shoots the farthest?

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  1. Amanda H Aug 6, 2013

    OK, now I need to find our Nerf bullets!! :-)

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    1. Jannapy Aug 7, 2013

      I'm impressed you were able to get an action shot complete with flying nerf dart! Today I took shot after shot of a friend tossing a ball towards me before I FINALLY got a shot with the ball in the frame!

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      1. [email protected] Aug 7, 2013

        this is very cool. I love that you put the darts in there. We just did the pom pom shooters this week and they were a big hit with my little guys. I will have to remember this for them to try soon.

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