Saturday, February 12, 2011

Pinball anyone?

As part of our Valentine's day weekend, we went to the Pacific Pinball Museum (this was after my candle class, for those keeping track:-) of my whereabouts). The museum was humming with activity - you can play any pinball machine in their collection!  (There are over 90 historic and fully playable pinball machines onsite).

That got me to thinking...it would be interesting to show people how to make their own pinball machines.  You can go really simple (photo on left) using cereal boxes or all out (photo on right) made of wood.  Below are some links to get you started.

                                                                   


 How to make a simple pinball machine using cardboard.
For the Rice krispy photo, you will need:
  • Cereal box and extra cardboard
  • a small soft ball
  • Rubber bands
  • scissors
  • glue gun and glue sticks
Here's a 20 step version that corresponds to the "make pinball" photo:
You will need:
- Cardboard Box
- Extra Piece of Cardboard
- Some Thin Cardboard…Like from a Cereal Box
- Tape
- Glue
- Rubber Bands
- Strong Cardboard Tube (about 6 inches long)
- Pencil
- If you want to decorate it – decorative paper
- ruler
- marble or ball-like candy

Optional Materials to Use for Obstacles

- pins, straws, bottle caps, bottle, paper fastener, other household items (use your creativity)

Feel free to send in photos of your homemade pinball machine! 

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