Introduction: Simple Jumping Toy

An easy DIY toy that jump anywhere from 1-10 feet (higher?). Not ideal for kids, unless they like being pirates.

Thanks for the votes in the Klutz competition, although it does seem like a gimmick for a dieing company who needed more ideas....oh well!

This project may be an eye hazard, so keep your child under close supervision, unless they are into eye patches..

Everyone likes comments,so keep them coming!

Step 1:

Materials:
1 straw
tape ( I used duct tape)
1 skewer
1 rubberband

You also need some scissors

Step 2:

Cut the straw to about a 5 inch piece. Cut the rubberband and tape it to the bottom of the straw so that the rubberband stays on the top of the straw and doesnt fall off, but not too tight. Also, put a atran of tape aroud the top of the straw to keep it from splitting.

Step 3:

Now get the skewer. First cut off the tip (safety first). If you are under the age of 10, then you should ask a parent to cut it for you. Cut the skewer so that if you slide it in the straw, about 3-4 inches of skewer will still be sticking out.

Step 4:

Slide the cut skewer into the straw and tape the top of the rubberband to the top of the skewer.

Step 5:

Finished! Now have fun launching them. To launch, put the skewer on the ground and pull down the straw. When you let go, the fun jumper should go flying into the air. You can even tape a paper airplane to it or you can launch it from your hand! You can modify it to jump higher also. The length of the skewer, length of the straw, and tightness of the rubberband effect how high it jumps. Just be careful and don't launch it towards anyones eyes.

Comments

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gizmokid97 made it!(author)2012-04-11

Really cool stuff!!! I love simple mechanism toys which get their energy from nothing but just a rubber band..... keep it up,dude!!!!!!!!

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slimmsammy made it!(author)2009-11-18

 what the heck is this crap

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seabananers made it!(author)2010-05-17

you drop it on the floor and it bounces remember he said it was for KIDS.

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bears0 made it!(author)2011-08-14

actually your supposed to hold it on the floor, pull it down, and let it go. :-)

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kylekosan23 made it!(author)2011-07-07

not

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Delo97 made it!(author)2011-02-06

I made one some time ago... I used a empty pen and a "fatty" rubberband....it flew over a 3-floor building... I think it may have killed someone if I wasn't so lucky that it simply broken into concrete...

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The+Y made it!(author)2011-03-20

omg so that was you!!!
that did realy hurt....

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Delo97 made it!(author)2011-03-22

Hhhhmmmm,
1.That would have killed you;
2.Where do you live?

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The+Y made it!(author)2011-06-25

holland :$

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eneergcam made it!(author)2011-02-24

haha, thats intimidating..

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glugnar made it!(author)2011-05-18

Love it :D. This shoots about 10 feet (but I'm about to go into a room with a bigger ceiling, that should take off the barrier lol)
Great job.

*_>*Glugnar*<_*

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glugnar made it!(author)2011-05-18

Aww, never mind, I would have to add a stronger band and i don't feel like it yet, anyway great 'ible, keep up the good work :D.

*_>*Glugnar*<_*

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4te made it!(author)2010-10-15

it is not safe! so its absulutly not for kids! unless you want your kid's eye injured

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kenzi50198 made it!(author)2010-12-29

they did warn so its not like they didn't warn you

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sdtacoma made it!(author)2010-10-30

"You'll shoot your eye out."

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eneergcam made it!(author)2010-10-24

I know I know, i put a warning, but since it was in a contest, it wont delete

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yoshi1 made it!(author)2010-11-19

WOW!!! These are awesome!
And if you don't think they are safe wear goggles.

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bhumphreys made it!(author)2010-11-06

nice

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5533888 made it!(author)2009-05-07

That is so cool! Is this your first instructible?

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eneergcam made it!(author)2009-06-24

yep!

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mr.noris made it!(author)2010-10-13

the cheat!?!?!?!

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eneergcam made it!(author)2010-10-24

Good eye chuck

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Saturn+V made it!(author)2010-06-19

This is really detailed and thourough for your first instructable. BTW, Great idea!!!

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eneergcam made it!(author)2010-06-20

thank you! i guess its pretty cool since the supplies aren't hard to find (unlike every other instructable, haha)

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ryanninjasheep made it!(author)2010-07-13

not all instructables have hard to find materials (just look at the paper airplanes!)

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nikeman76 made it!(author)2010-06-21

its wicked easy to make... very common household objects... fun... not a lot of time to make it!

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eneergcam made it!(author)2010-06-21

i believe wicked is spelled with a y...."wycked" haha just kidding, but it is on Carl's car on ATHF! and i know, right?

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JMR96 made it!(author)2010-06-06

Hey, great idea. So right when i saw this i put it to the test. I got a BIC pen, took out the inc holder thing so it was just the tube instead of the straw, and then followed all the steps. I showed my dad this great idea and he told me to add wings to it. So i got two buissness cards, folded them to a triangular shape and then taped them on.

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eneergcam made it!(author)2010-06-07

haha, thank you! and i never really though about doing that, cool, i never really did much with these, im glad you are though!

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Earths_hope made it!(author)2010-06-01

fire em off a wall at an angle! exellent instructable!

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eneergcam made it!(author)2010-06-01

 haha, thanks!

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muffinmann made it!(author)2010-05-25

 wow

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eneergcam made it!(author)2010-05-25

 is this good or bad?

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muffinmann made it!(author)2010-05-29

 great

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eneergcam made it!(author)2010-06-01

 yay!

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jose1ca made it!(author)2010-05-16

this is awsome how did you think of it eneergcam?

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eneergcam made it!(author)2010-05-16

 actually, i just got a bunch of stuff out, and came up with this! haha, im watching School For Scoundrels.

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MrMadmonkey4 made it!(author)2010-05-08

kinda stupid but still cool! :D

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eneergcam made it!(author)2010-05-11

 yeah, i didnt know that anyone one would like it! pretty dang useless!

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jack+penny made it!(author)2010-05-08

 awesome!!!!!

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wbrm77 made it!(author)2010-02-21

thats awesome :-D i started firing mine at a target

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danleano made it!(author)2009-11-30

cool!

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Colonel88 made it!(author)2009-11-21

Coolio


lol noone says that anymore.
or groovy

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sharlston made it!(author)2009-08-08

nice ible its really cool and well written :)

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eneergcam made it!(author)2009-08-09

thanks, it was my first one.

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sharlston made it!(author)2009-08-10

nice for your first one

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TechNerd1012 made it!(author)2009-06-26

i remember when i went into my school auditorium, there was a lobby with a high ceiling. There were about 15 or 20 pencils stuck in it. this could help with getting those pencils there! lol

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mr_invent made it!(author)2009-07-20

thats nothing my schools atrium ( if i spelled that rite) has a super high cieling that was like classroom one with the lil holes or watever and there was like a 10x10 ft area covered with pencils it was sick one time one fell and hit me eraser side tho thank god

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Mark+Rehorst made it!(author)2009-04-02

Like they say, "it's all fun until someone loses an eye!"

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wolf555hound made it!(author)2009-04-04

You'll shoot youre eye kid. Ho Ho HO!

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