1) A guitar (or banjo) - this is (by far) the most obvious and popular thing to do with anything that has a handle (broom, shovel, croquet mallet, etc.)
2) A jackhammer - I was really impressed when my sister came up with this use. I never would have thought of that.
3) An umbrella - "The weather is looking pretty bad today, isn't it?" *said with a British accent*
4) The pendulum on a grandfather clock - tick tock tick tock
5) A crutch (or a cane)
6) A grappling hook - I didn't even know what a grappling hook was...my family had to explain it to me. Basically, it is a 4 pronged hook attached to a rope. You throw it and it hooks onto things like walls and mountains. Then you can climb up them.
7) An anchor
8) An oar - or as my brother G said, "It's a row!" Hehe
9) A hammer - not a very creative use of a mallet
10) A hitching post - picture the mallet with the handle side stuck into the ground and a horse and buggy tied up to the mallet part
11) A machine gun - well duh. Boys always turn things into guns. It's no different with my three brothers.
12) An axe - "TIMBER!"
13) A wagon handle
14) A bicycle handlebar
15) A pump trolley - one of those railroad cars that has two pump handles that propel it down the track
16) A jet ski - specifically the handle bars. This is similar to the bicycle concept
17) A car shift, a train lever, or an airplane throttle
I think we had more fun imagining what our croquet mallets could be than we did actually playing the game! Go figure!
My brother and I playing our croquet mallet instruments.
Photo by my sister.