When you hear the phrase “Nerf war” do you envision hoardes of kids running through your house and yard shooting orange darts all over creation?
Or…do you imagine all the times you’ve been frustrated by the growing piles of dart guns scattered all over your house and have the urge to declare war on all things Nerf?
(I once found a dart in my ice maker…Whaaaat? “Somebody” had to have the freezer door hanging wide open while another “somebody” blasted him with darts?!?)
We have a little bit of both going on over here. With some inspiration from an old Pinterest post, we put our heads together to create some neutral territory.
Step 1: Claim some unused pegboard and attach it to the back of closet door in the garage (thanks to my hubby for some carpentry assist)
Step 2: Gather all the Nerf dart paraphernalia, relish in all their glory (btw: one of us partook of this step more robustly than the other)
Step 3: Scavenger hunt all over the garage for pegboard hooks of various sizes (sorry, broom: your resting place is now on the floor)
Step 4: Puzzle through all the different dart gun shapes and hang them within easy reach of active boysStep 5 – Kids: Call your buddies over to launch a Nerf war! Parents: bask in the fact that all the Nerf stuff is OUT of your house. Woohoo!
*Optional steps if you want to up your game:
Visit your local hardware store and get some dart-orange paint (Valspar 2010-2 “Island Orange” was our choice. We got a sample can for $3.)
Use painter’s tape to mark off a pattern
Let your kiddo paint away! Let paint dry and then do a second coat.
After paint is thoroughly dry, carefully pull off painter’s tape to reveal your kid’s design.
Load up the pegboard with Nerf guns (and maybe a light saber or two)