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
Cut off the sealed end of the candy tube.
Stretch the balloon over one end of the tube. Pull the balloon taut over the end.
Drop a pea into the other end of the tube.
Pinch the pea through the balloon and stretch it back as far as you can without pulling the balloon off the tube.
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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