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Learn how to host a craft play date for boys and make craft stick catapults, marshmallow poppers, and mini brick marble mazes
I’ve got a house full of boys with active imaginations. They have dreams of being architects and engineers. They love to build, draw, and be creative. It’s even more fun when they have friends over. With just a few supplies it’s easy to put together a craft playdate for boys!
In addition to the craft supplies, when it comes to a boys craft play date you also need snacks. Littlest takes his lunch to school every day, and my favorite thing to pack for him is an Armour Ham & American Cheese LunchMakers® + Drink or Turkey & American Cheese LunchMakers® + Drink, but they are great for more than just lunch! Pick some up when you host your craft play dates!
I did a quick run to Albertsons and grabbed several different varieties, they are also available at other retailers as well. These new LunchMakers® not only include a drink, but they offer options like bars made with real fruit that kids will like and Mom will approve.
At our craft play date we’re making three fun, kid-approved DIY crafts:
- Craft stick catapult
- Marshmallow popper
- Mini brick marble maze
Craft Stick Catapult
- Craft sticks
- Rubber bands
- Plastic spoon
- Pom-poms, mini marshmallows, or other small soft items to launch
Start by stacking 5 craft sticks on top of each other. Wrap a rubber band around each end to hold the sticks together.
Then take two craft sticks and wrap a rubber band around one end to hold them together.
Pull the two craft sticks apart and place the larger stack of craft sticks in between the two craft sticks.
Use a rubber band to attach the stack of 5 craft sticks to the top craft stick. Set the plastic spoon on top and use another rubber band to attach it to the top craft stick. Make sure the spoon is facing with the cupped side up (so you can put a pom-pom in it).
Hold the craft stick catapult with one hand and use the other to pull down on the spoon. Release the spoon to launch your pom-pom!
Want to make it a learning experience or a game? Keep track of how far you can launch various items. Or experiment making the stack of craft sticks in the center larger or smaller. Record your results.
- Paper cups
- Rubber bands
- Mini marshmallows
The first step to make your marshmallow poppers is doing a little cutting. Start by cutting off the bottom of your paper cups, then cut off the curved end of your balloon.
Now it’s just assembling. Stretch the end of the balloon you cut to fit over the end of the paper cup that you cut. Wrap a rubber band around the cup and balloon to secure it in place. Then tie the open end of the balloon.
To use your DIY popper you simply pull back on the knotted end of the balloon. Drop in your mini marshmallows and start popping!
Mini Brick Marble Maze
- Mini brick flat bases
- Assortment of mini bricks
This is one where you can let their imagination run wild! I did help with a few tips.
- It’s easier if you start from the outside and work your way in.
- You need approximately two rows of space for your marble to run through the maze.
As you can see the kids picked a variety of sizes and colors of mini bricks to use for their mazes.
Now you’re ready to host your own craft play date! Just don’t forget to pick up a few Armour LunchMakers® + Drink packages!