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Simple Jumping Toy

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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..

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Step 1:

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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:

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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:

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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.
jose1ca3 years ago
this is awsome how did you think of it eneergcam?
eneergcam (author)  jose1ca3 years ago
 actually, i just got a bunch of stuff out, and came up with this! haha, im watching School For Scoundrels.
jack penny3 years ago
 awesome!!!!!
SPYBOOM4 years ago
This cool gadget also works wonderfully well as a type of pinball launcher using marbles and high-bouncing balls. We have been using it to play our own variations of mini pool. Optionally, a small variation is to put a thumbtack on the end of the skewer (mostly for aesthetic reasons). Thanks, eneergcam!!!
eneergcam (author)  SPYBOOM4 years ago
no prob.
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