My kids have a lot of fun with their Nerf guns, but the fun wears thin when they start shooting at me. That’s why I like to set up a target range for them…outside.
Why waste money on battery operated Nerf target games when you can let the kids build their own shooting range?
Unfortunately, you can’t use regular bulls-eye targets for Nerf guns, since most darts don’t actually stick to anything. Yes, we did have some suction cup darts once upon a time…but they still to don’t stick to paper. I like to give the kids something to knock down with their darts, like a pyramid of plastic cups. It’s just like a carnival shooting game!
Plastic cups are perfect targets–they’re light weight, so they knock down easily. Stack the cups in a pyramid shape as tall as you like. Or set them in a row and see how many you can hit. When you’re done, just nest the cups inside each other and stash them away for another day.
This is also a great game to play with kids of different ages! My two boys are eight years apart, so it’s hard to find things they both like to do together. Shooting Nerf guns is something that big brother will NEVER get tired of doing, and something he doesn’t mind sharing with his little brother.
A Nerf shooting range is also a great game for play dates and parties. You don’t have to worry about splitting your guests into teams, or anyone feeling picked on–which is likely if you let the kids play war with the guns. You can even hand out prizes for best shot, fastest reload time, farthest strike and whatever else you can dream up!