Zoob Shooter!




The Zoob Shooter is a joint invention by my 6-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter.  It snaps together three Zoob pieces to make a toy that can shoot out a round-headed dart up to about 7.5 feet at a target.

Be careful to point away from people and fragile objects.

Basic Zoob pieces have different combinations of two kinds of ends, a ball end and a socket end, which you can combine to make all sorts of things.

  • Three Zoob pieces: two socket-and-ball and one double-ball (variations are possible--but it is crucial that two pieces have at least one socket and one have at least one ball)

Step 1: Select Three Pieces

Choose three pieces, ideally:
  • two ball-and-socket pieces
  • one double-ball piece
One of the ball and socket pieces will be the dart.

Step 2: Join Two Pieces

Join the double-ball piece with one of the ball-and-socket pieces by snapping the ball into the socket.

Step 3: Bend at the Joint

Bend it as far as you can along the joint to make a vee shape.

Step 4: Add Third Piece

Snap the last piece's socket onto the point of the vee to make a Y-shape.  This socket should be rotated 90 degrees from the socket already at the vee.

Step 5: Fire!

Spread the arms of the Y to fire.

Be careful to point away from people and fragile objects.



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    6 years ago on Introduction

    Reminds me of the stuff I made from tinker toys when I was about 6 or 7. Such as bow and arrows using rubber band. Taking one of the longer sticks for an arrow, I sharpened one end with a pencil sharpener, and used scotch tape for fletching. Tinker toys and rubber bands were also good for making sling shots. I had a lot of fun shooting my homemade arrows and other stuff around the room. Alas, the adults in my family weren't so happy about my activities in this area.

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    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    These are safer.
    My son is shooting Lego shafts from a rubber band powered sling bow, but I had him put a gear on the front end of it for safety. And he locks his door so no one comes into the line of fire.
    I am thinking of making a sling bow for myself, though.


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    For your inspiration here's an idea I found on You tube from Joerg Sprave


    He's got other way cool sling bows to check out.