How to Make Pea Shooters

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How to Make Pea Shooters
Peas aren't just for dinner when you make an old-fashioned peashooter. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

No matter how far technology advances, old-time toys seem to remain popular and not only with children. Grown-ups have remembered childhood at the World Pea Shooting Championship, held near Ely, England for 40 years. The Merriam-Webster dictionary reports that the first recorded use of a peashooter, "a toy blowgun that uses peas for projectiles," was in 1803. While competition rules require a 12-inch long shooter and ammunition smaller than 5 1/2mm, you can make your peashooter to your own specifications. Traditionally, a peashooter is a straight tube, like a drinking straw, through which you blow to launch your projectiles, but you can make your toy more powerful with a contemporary twist.

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Things you need

  • Empty candy tube or small-diameter PVC pipe
  • Craft knife or hacksaw
  • Small balloon
  • Peas, beans or dried seeds

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  1. 1

    Cut off the sealed end of the candy tube.

  2. 2

    Stretch the balloon over one end of the tube. Pull the balloon taut over the end.

  3. 3

    Drop a pea into the other end of the tube.

  4. 4

    Pinch the pea through the balloon and stretch it back as far as you can without pulling the balloon off the tube.

  5. 5

    Aim the peashooter away from any person or animal and let go of the balloon to send the pea through the air.

Tips and warnings

  • Cover your peashooter with scrapbook paper or wallpaper for a personalised toy weapon.
  • Never use your peashooter to aim projectiles at another person or an animal, as they can cause serious injury.

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