If you want to create a kids’ pinball that isn’t a real pinball machine, then this project is for you. There are no bumpers, slingshot, pinball fingers, sound, etc.
Step #1: Next
- Here is an example of a simple pinball game for kids.
Step #2: Next
- 1= Nails
- 2= Elastic or rubber bands
- 3= Small and medium dowels
- 4= Big stick
- 5= Plank
Step #3: Next
- 1= Wood glue
- 2= Felt-tip marker (e.g., for CD/DVD)
- 3= Pen
- 4= Hammer
- 5= Saw
- 6= Ruler
Step #4: Next
- First, measure the plank's width with the ruler and mark this length on the big stick.
- Saw the big stick to the same length as the width of the plank.
Step #5: Next
- After the stick is cut to length, sand it smooth with sandpaper.
- Now put some wood glue on the stick and glue it to the back of the plank at one end.
Step #6: Next
- When the glue has dried, turn the plank over and draw the design of your pinball game on the top. Here is an example.
Step #7: Next
- Hammer in the nails, following your design. Be careful not to hit your fingers!
Step #8: Next
- Mark the dowels for length, cut them and glue them to the plank.
Step #9: Next
- You can create a banister as shown.
- Here is a video tutorial for creating this item.
Step #10: Next
- When the glue has dried, you can embellish your design with the felt-tip marker.
Step #11: Next
- Now stretch the rubber bands around the nails to create bumpers and the launcher.
Step #12: Next
- You can add bumpers along the banister with nails and rubber bands as shown.
- Now your kids' pinball is finished!
- To play with the kids' pinball you have two choices:
- A geomag ball
- An electromag ball
- Here is a demo of my kids' pinball.