Here’s a new spin (ha!) on a Nerf target game for kids!
We transformed a cardboard trifold display board into a spinning target shooting gallery for Nerf. It’s not necessary to buy the display board – you can just use whatever cardboard you have on hand. But I do think that the display board made this simpler.
Here’s a close up of how it works. Basically, cardboard targets spin on bamboo skewers.
To make one, you will need:
- Bamboo skewers
- Plastic straws
- Duct tape
- Utility knife
We started by cutting rectangular openings in the display board and covering the edges with duct tape (to help it hold up better).
To make the targets, tape a segment of straw to the back of a cardboard circle or oval. Tape the skewers to the back of each opening – but thread the target on first!
Here’s where some physics comes in…
If you put the straw in the middle of the target, gravity will cause it to hang like this.
You can solve this problem by moving the straw close to the top of the target, but then it is difficult to get the target to spin all the way around.
We added a penny (for weight) at the bottom of each target, and also moved the straw up to slightly above the middle. The targets hang straight, but they also spin all the way around. Just make sure that you allow for clearance of the entire target when you tape the skewer in place.
It would be a fun engineering challenge to let kids work this problem out on their own!
Here’s a demonstration: