Pool Noodle Craft: Marshmallow Launchers

Who needs a nerf gun when you can make a marshmallow launcher? This simple pool noodle craft can be used all summer long. All you need is a pool noodle, duct tape and a balloon. Pool noodles are amazing and can be used for so many ingenious toys.  As a bonus, they can be found everywhere during the summer and can usually be purchased for less than a $1 a piece.

My two kids love to play fight.  Their favorite activity is to beat each other up with these light sabers (and me if you’ve seen my About page).   Play fighting can be so much sweeter when marshmallows are involved.  In fact, I would happily open my mouth and offer to serve as a target with this marshmallow launcher.

For this project you will need:

  • a balloon
  • Duck tape
  • a pool noodle
  • a lot of mini marshmallows


Step 1: Cut off a 6″ long section from the pool noodle.  A bread knife with a serrated edge works really well for this step.

Step 2:  Tie off a balloon (as you would do if it was full of air).  Fold the balloon (this will make it easier) and cut off the tip.  Keep the bottom half with the knot.

Step 3: Stretch the balloon opening over one end of the pool noodle.  Make sure it is nice and tight with little to no slack at the end.

Step 4: Secure with your choice of colorful Duck tape.

Drop a mini-marshmallow into the hole, pull back on the balloon tie, let go and watch that marshmallow fly!


As a note of warning, each mini marshmallow is only good for 2-3 launches.  They simply become too flat and gooey after that.  I solve this problem by playing in a well cleaned area and allowing to kids to eat any defunct marshmallows.  I recommend rationing the marshmallow supply before beginning because a harmless game can easily turn into a marshmallow stomach ache.

Even for this mama target.  I’ve learned the hard way that there is such a thing as too many marshmallows.


JoAnn Crohn

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JoAnn Crohn, M. Ed is a parenting educator and life coach who helps moms feel confident in raising empowered, self-sufficient kid while pursuing their own goals & passions.

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  1. My son would love this. I am pinning and sharing. We are going to have to do it sometime. Thanks for the great idea. I wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the very inspiring blogger award. Sorry it has taken me so ling to let you know. I was on vacation when the post went live and got super busy when we got home. Check it out http://lifeslittleprojects.com/inspiring-blogger-award/

  2. This looks like a fun and simple afternoon project for my kids! We’ll do this with leftover pool noodles I have from another project. My kids are gong to love it!

  3. Fun idea! I think I am going to let my kids shoot puff balls, instead of marshmallows. Can’t wait to try 🙂

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