DIY Marshmallow Launcher

Make your own DIY Marshmallow Launcher from the Young Woodworkers Kit Club!

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DIY Marshmallow Launcher from Young Woodworkers Kit Club

My daughter has always enjoyed helping my husband when he's working on projects around the house and assembling small building kits found at our local home improvement store. Allowing kids to help with these kinds of projects will help kids learn new creative skills, work independently, and most importantly, gain confidence! The latest project my daughter and husband worked on together was this Marshmallow Launcher kit from Young Woodworkers Kit Club!

DIY Marshmallow Launcher from Young Woodworkers Kit Club

The Young Woodworkers Kit Club is a woodworking kit series designed for children 7-12 years old. This is the perfect age to start teaching basic woodworking skills, including handling a hammer, learning to use small screws and nails, using sandpaper to round off rough edges, learning the importance of making careful measurements and much, much more! When you sign up for the Young Woodworkers Kit Club, a new kit will arrive in the mail every 4-6 weeks with a real wood project for your child to complete, like this Marshmallow Launcher Kit!

Each kit comes with easy-to-follow instructions with photos of every step, and all the pre-cut wood your child needs to complete each project from start to finish, including pre-drilled nail holes and all the necessary nails and fasteners. This Marshmallow Launcher Kit also came with a paint brush, paint, and stickers to customize your project after it has been built!

DIY Marshmallow Launcher from Young Woodworkers Kit Club

Along with the kit, you also get a set of tools to help complete the project: Young Woodworkers Kit Club hammer, tape measure, Phillips screwdriver, mini screwdriver, and an L-square ruler.

DIY Marshmallow Launcher from Young Woodworkers Kit Club

My daughter painted the wood pieces before assembling the Marshmallow Launcher. Instead of using the yellow paint from the kit, she made it her own by using some Apple Barrel craft paint in Parrot Blue color. These paints are perfect for kids crafts because they are water-based and easy to clean with soap and water!

She painted each piece with 2 coats of paint, letting the paint dry completely between each coat. Don't worry - this paint dries quickly, so they won't be waiting long!

DIY Marshmallow Launcher from Young Woodworkers Kit Club

After everything has been painted, start assembling the launcher by following the easy-to-follow, illustrated instructions with photos of every step. The pre-drilled nail holes in the wood pieces make it easier for kids hammer the nails in place.

DIY Marshmallow Launcher from Young Woodworkers Kit Club

As you follow the directions, the marshmallow launcher starts to come together! Assemble the arm and attach it to the base of the marshmallow launcher with a screw and a wing nut.

DIY Marshmallow Launcher from Young Woodworkers Kit Club

Next, attach hook screws to the base according to directions. You don't need any tools for this step, just your hands!

DIY Marshmallow Launcher from Young Woodworkers Kit Club

Hook the rubber band that comes with the kit to the hooks on both the base and the arm. As you pull on the arm, you can feel the resistance, making it possible for you to launch those marshmallows!

DIY Marshmallow Launcher from Young Woodworkers Kit Club

Not only is this Marshmallow Launcher a TON of fun, but it's also a great STEM activity that proves that you CAN learn while having fun! How far can you launch the marshmallow? Can you hit a target? What can you change to make the marshmallow fly the farthest?

There's so much to learn about physics (science!), when pulling the arm of the launcher back and letting go. We can use technology to learn different ways to adjust the marshmallow's flying distance. We used our engineering skills to actually build the Marshmallow Launcher. Finally, get playing and use math to measure your distance after launching marshmallows!

DIY Marshmallow Launcher from Young Woodworkers Kit Club

My husband and daughter had so much fun building this Marshmallow Launcher, and it was a great bonding moment for the two of them. We also had a fun time competing to see how far we could shoot marshmallows!

If you’re looking for a gift idea or summer fun for creative kids, visit Young Woodworkers Kit Club to subscribe and check out fun project ideas! You can also follow them on Instagram and Facebook for more creative inspiration.

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DIY Marshmallow Launcher from Young Woodworkers Kit Club

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  1. That looks sooooo fun! Good job dad and daughter! I love the color! Xoxo

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