12 Innocuous Household Items My Son has Turned Into Weapons

Hi!  I’m not a violent person!  As a kid I had a bunch of NERF arrows and water guns and would sometimes play Little House on the Prairie using an old plastic hockey stick as a hunting rifle.  My son, also not a violent person, is a totally wonderful, sweet kid who, when given a Spiderman mask as a gift, put it on and announced, “I AM HERE TO SAVE ALL THE SPIDERS!”

That being said, here is a list of items in my house I’ve watched him enthusiastically turn into weapons.





cannon and knife theuglyvolvo


This is a fantastic cannon and sword combo that I annoyingly insist on storing in the bedroom closet next to the vacuum cleaner.  Sometimes he will go, “Here, take the sword and I can have the cannon and we can fight!” and I will go, “Oh no, a dangerous pirate with a cannon that shoots out all the dust mites and dog hair I just vacuumed out of the living room carpet, I am very legitimately afraid.”


little gun theuglyvolvo


We recently took a trip with my mom to both Gettysburg and the Civil War Museum in Harrisburg (which is a fantastic museum and if you’re at all interested in the civil war you should totally go).  Side effects of visiting this museum are that your three-year-old will spend the next month and a half re-enacting small battles with bendy straws and you will have to yell things like, “Sit down and drink your cranberry juice or I’ll give you something to secede about.”


donatello stick theuglyvolvo


“I am Donatello!  I am the one with the purple bow!  This is my stick!”

“No, that’s the TUPPLUR IKEA room darkening blind that I need to install.”



lasso theuglyvolvo


Keep your lasso of truth, Wonder Woman.  According to my son this is the allegedly indestructible “LASSO WE CAN USE TO TIE UP THE BAD GUYS IF BAD GUYS COME.”  So watch out, bad guys.  Struggle all you want, but as long as nobody needs it to charge their phone, you’ll never escape.  This lasso costs a mere $40 at the Apple store.


massage hammer for bad guys theuglyvolvo“HAMMER YOU CAN USE TO MAYBE SMASH STUFF?”

If the bad guys show up and you can’t tie them up because your mother’s being a huge jerk and won’t let you touch her $40 iPhone charger, you can always smash them (maybe?) with this awesome hammer which is definitely a hammer and totally not some back massaging thing we’ve had in the house forever that (admittedly) sort of looks like a torture device.


bracket guns


“Hi!  I’m a cowboy!  I’m Woody!  *pshew pshew pistol firing noise*”

“Hi Woody!  You can still be Andy’s favorite toy but I’m Andy’s favorite mom and these are Andy’s favorite shelf brackets, so I need them back.”


dart gun the ugly volvo


GOD HOW I WISH THIS WERE MINE, but this was the gem of another mother who said her son found a box of these in the bathroom and excitedly announced that he had found an awesome dart gun where you push the back part and the dart shoots out.  Now available at Walgreens in the feminine hygiene aisle or wherever super dangerous dart guns are sold.


possum fur huntHUNTING GEAR (???)

These are two items my son was using “on a hunt,” even though we live seven minutes from Manhattan where there is no hunting and no one even really talks about hunting and I have no idea how he knows what hunting is?  We read Bambi a lot, but when we play he always asks to be Bambi so I’m not totally sure he gets the gist of what’s happening?  Anyway, if you’re as confused as I was, the thing on the left is the “eye thing” which you put around your eye to see what you’re hunting and the thing on the right is “the scoop you use to get the fur away from possums.”


toast gun theuglyvolvoUBIQUITOUS TOAST GUN

Trying to keep your kid from constantly playing with guns? I talked to three separate mothers who mentioned that after not having toy guns in the house their sons literally chewed pieces of bread into guns so if you’re super super anti-toy guns your best bet is to also be super anti-toast and very anti-peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.  If you’re very worried about violence in general you can use it as an excuse to go gluten free.


scary clip thing theuglyvolvo


He doesn’t even really have a name for this thing, it just looks so overwhelmingly dangerous to him that when I’m holding one he’ll start to back away and whenever I let him hold one he acts like I’m letting him use a blowtorch.  He treats it like it’s some sort of robot tarantula or a leftover artifact from the inquisition and I can say, “Buddy, it’s just a hairclip” until I’m blue in the face, but he is hands-down-convinced that you could use one to kill another human being.


screwdriver gun the ugly volvo


Obviously I’ve never let my son play with this but the first time I pulled it out of its case in front of him (to install Woody’s cowboy pistols into the wall) he looked at me, aghast, as if to say, “WTF is that?  I can’t believe you are finally coming clean about being an intergalactic spy.”


thing rafael uses theuglyvolvo


Nunchucks.  Michelangeo’s weapon is the nunchucks.  And yet whenever he grabs this off the counter and goes, “I am a ninja turtle!  This is that thing that Michelangelo uses!” I want to say that sure, whenever Michelangelo is cooking some sort of pasta dish for Splinter and the rest of the turtles and the recipe calls for the use of a garlic press?  Then yes, under those exact, specific circumstances, this is absolutely that thing that Michelangelo uses.

Good work, buddy.  As always, you totally nailed it.


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    So glad to know I’m not alone! And I better not let my twins see this, or they’ll have some new ideas.🙂

  2. I have 5 boys from age 4 to 15, and have seen MANY weapons. Your post made me laugh. Thank you.

  3. That’s not how you use a question mark.

    • What? Seriously, I’m one of the workd’s biggest grammar nerds, but even I am astonished by this comment . . .

    • What? Seriously, I’m one of the world’s biggest grammar nerds, but even I am astonished by this comment . . .

  4. Guns aren’t evil. Much better and much safer to raise your child to fully understand and respect the damage a gun can do but also the benefit that they have. Better to keep your guns locked and our of reach. Having/using guns, in no way means that a person is not/cannot be a peace-loving, responsible, good person. Kids WILL fashion guns from anything available, kids will be more fascinated by something that is so forbidden; teach, love and be safe.

    • I am sure that this is very well intended, but it does also appear to miss the point and instead go for something political… Guns are in lego sets. Guns are in the video games that your kids play at their friend’s house. In the summer, kids play with ‘water guns’, and guns are in Disney movies about princesses. Guns aren’t mysterious, they are just part of the stories that are in kids things in every gosh darn place.

  5. My son, who is of a similar age, turns EVERYTHING he touches into construction equipment. All of my measuring cups have been bucket trucks for “fixing power lines.” A couple of cardboard tubes and a stacking cup have become a piledriver, precipitating the “no piledriving on the dinner table” edict, and the whole child has represented himself as an excavator, a clamshell digger, and a “bozer” upon various occasions.

    And then there are the cranes. The plastic fencing from his farm set is actually a boom. An empty tape spool is a pulley. Pretty much any pole, rod, or stick which can be levered against some fulcrum point will be a crane at some point during the day.

    If this child carries on as he has begun, he’ll be earning a nice wage as a heavy equipment operator when he is grown.

  6. Yep, yep and yep. Ha ha- love it!

  7. Yesterday my 4-year-old used a new smoke detector, still in its plastic packaging, as some kind of space blaster on me. This was a new high…low…..one of those.

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