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Maker Monday: Puff Ball Race Track

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Sally Quinn
December18/ 2017

With Maker Monday’s Puff Ball Race Track, kids will have a blast with an activity that can involve multiple challengers or a solitary player.

Supplies are simple and generally found around the house. We picked up a bag of puff balls at The Dollar Tree store for a buck.

The idea is to aim your straw at a puff ball and blow it along a tape track. It’s a lot of fun and requires skill to make corners, get through tunnels, and do it quickly. Blow too hard and the puff ball goes flying off course!

Kids can make a list of rules for their games. A single track could involve scoring with a stopwatch, watching for improvement when playing alone or for competition among friends. A double track offers the opportunity for a one-on-one race. If you don’t have a big enough floor space, use poster board as the base upon which to map out your track.

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Masking tape or painter’s tape

Puff balls

Drinking straws

Cardboard tubes

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Use the tape to map out your track. Depending on available floor space and the ability of your players, kids can make the track as simple or difficult as they like. Think of it as a floor version of miniature golf. Add corners to elevate the challenge. We used cardboard tubes as fun tunnels to work through. But bright kids will likely find other ways to add challenges. That’s half of the fun.

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Ready, set, blow!

For more Maker Monday projects and other fun stuff for kids, visit the Kidsburgh Activities page.

Sally Quinn

Sally Quinn is an award-winning writer and editor who has been covering her favorite city for more than 30 years. She appreciates all that Pittsburgh offers families and has a blast guiding her 10 grandkids to new discoveries. Sally welcomes your comments and story ideas for Kidsburgh.

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