Catapult is a great toy for your kids and the good news is you can easily make this with popsicles and other common household items. You can ask your kids to make it and it can be a great parent-child project to do together. Plus, you can teach a simple science project to your kids, especially for physics. In this project, you will use pom-pom balls or wooden beads, but you are free to use other objects. At the end of the project, you can try asking your kids to experiment using any objects they like and ask which one fly the farthest.
- Hot glue gun
- A paper cup or a bottle cap of a gallon jug
- A plastic or paper straw
- A bamboo skewer
- 2 wide craft sticks
- 8 to 9 popsicle sticks
- Pom-pom balls or small wooden beads
- Paint (optional)
- Create the base of the catapult by warming up the glue guns and preparing 6 popsicle sticks. Glue three pieces together and make two triangles. Prepare a straw and a bamboo skewer afterward.
- Cut a small piece of the bamboo skewer and the straw. Make sure that the bamboo skewer is longer than the straw. Then, insert the bamboo skewer on the straw. In this step, you can adjust the sizes based on your needs.
- Grab the triangles you have made before and hot glue the skewer on each of the triangles. You need to be careful here and aid the children when using the glue gun because the glue gun might be very hot for them.
- Make sure that the catapult is stable enough and you can add a couple of popsicle sticks to the base. Again, use the glue gun to attach them together. Grab one of the wide craft sticks. The wide craft stick here will be the shooting arm of the catapult. Attach it to the straw with the glue gun.
- If you are using the paper cup to make the catapult, you need to cut the paper cup and leave about an inch or two at the bottom. Then, glue the paper cup or the bottle cap to one end of the second wide craft stick and it will be the basket to hold the projectile later on. Glue it to the wide stick on the catapult together leaving one side longer than the other side.
- Glue another popsicle stick at the front part of the catapult, but here, you need to adjust it to the best position to help to launch the ball well. You might need to experiment with it to get the best position before gluing it to the catapult. But, before trying it, make sure that the glue is dry enough or you can leave it for some time to allow it to dry. Place the projectile to the basket to be launched. Gently push the arm of the catapult to launch the projectile. Use a light ball like pom-pom balls or small wooden beads to avoid getting hurt. Paint the catapult with the color you like.