Spiderman is one of the most famous superheroes of all time. He was originally bitten by a radioactive spider, which turned him part-spider. One of his powers was to be able to shoot webbing from his arm and swing from buildings on it. Kids love this idea and want to have webbing shoot out from their arms to play Spiderman. It is easy to create a makeshift web shooter using silly string to help this dream come true.
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Things you need
- 2 small cans of Silly String
- 2 feet of non-adhesive Velcro
- Permanent marker
Wrap a piece of Velcro around the wearer's wrist and overlap the ends about one inch. Cut the soft side of the Velcro at that point. Cut a second piece the same length for the other wrist.
Wrap a third piece of Velcro around the original arm about 3 inches up the arm from the wrist. Overlap it about 1 inch again, and cut the soft side at this point. Cut another piece of Velcro the same length as this.
Cut four 1-inch pieces of the opposing, hooked side of Velcro that you just cut for the arms. Glue one piece to one end of each long piece of Velcro.
Wrap each wrist with the Velcro bands, using the small piece of Velcro that you glued on to hold it snugly around the arm. Then wrap the other arm bands two inches up from the wrist pieces, sticking them on the same way.
Hold a can of Silly String up to the wearer's arm with the nozzle end against the palm of his hand. Have him touch the nozzle with his middle finger, but do not press it. Use the marker to mark the can where each wrist band touches it.
Cut four 2-inch pieces of the hooked Velcro. Glue two of them to each can of Silly String at the marked spots. They need to be on the back side of the can so that the nozzle faces out from the hand.
Stick the cans of Silly String to the wrist bands on each arm, and have the wearer press the nozzle to expel the "webbing."
Tips and warnings
- To disguise your web shooters, spray paint the cans of Silly String silver, or cover the whole device with a piece of cloth or oversized sleeve.
- The new Spiderman may have to bend his wrist backwards a bit to make the webbing shoot out instead of up, depending on the shape of the nozzle.
- Do not allow the webbing nozzle to be pressed until the Spiderman is in a location that can be cleaned up easily, since it is sticky. Good places include the backyard, kitchen or garage.
- Do not shoot the webbing at anyone's face. The process may need some practice before playing with the web shooters around others.
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