Here are some of the books I borrowed....
I adapted this idea from one of the books.
Instead of using paper cups, I used plastic cups as I thought they would be more durable.
Cut the base out of the plastic cups.
Tie a knot in your balloon and snip the end off the balloon.
Stretch the balloon over the bottom of the cup and secure with some tape.
Get your child to decorate the cup with stickers, markers or coloured tape.
Now for fun part!!!
Put a pom pom in the cup and show your child how to pull on the knot and let it go. The force will shoot out the pom pom.
If you are really clever, you can try and catch it back in your cup. My class loved making these, playing with them inside and outside and shooting pom poms all over the classroom. Of course it was more fun when we filled the cups with pom poms and shot them all out at once.
This is a quick, simple, clever and fun holiday activity to make with your kids. Give it a go.