This non-traditional craft box consists of plastic spoons, rubber bands, construction paper, toilet paper tubes, plastic straws, duct tape, ball point pen tubes and bulldog clips.
The final product is a mini weapon of mass destruction — this primitive contraption can propel spit balls farther than your traditional straw. The inspiration came from this book, Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction: Build Implements of Spitball Warfare, which turned all of my boys into avid readers for four entire days straight. The book was constantly being confiscated and hidden, ear marked and dog eared.
Please don’t miss the value of this book. I have a house full of boys, ages 15, 12, 9 and 7 — this book entertained each one of them… for hours.
One weapon, which, I’m sorry, was not available for a photography because it was soon destroyed, was so simple in design — simply a toilet paper tube, covered with a balloon that could propel a penny so hard it left a “dent in the wood of our fence.” (The boys reported.) Just ask me how long it took for someone to get hit in the ear with a copper penny?
Just to make peace among them, I think I’ll have to buy this book, The Book of Totally Irresponsible Science: 64 Daring Experiments for Young Scientists, soon.