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arts & crafts: catapult

CATAAPUULTT! Did you know you can make a simple catapult out of popsicle sticks? This is an awesome STEM craft project for children of all ages. This fun crafty project focuses on math, physics and engineering. The force, distance, accuracy can all be challenged with the catapult.

 

Materials

  • 9 Jumbo Popsicle Sticks (normal popsicles work fine too)
  • 5-6 Rubber bands
  • 1 Plastic spoon

Instructions

  1. Take seven popsicle sticks and tie a rubber band tightly on each end.
  2. Take one popsicle stick and the plastic spoon. Secure the spoon at the end of the popsicle stick with a few rubber bands.
  3. Take the last popsicle stick and the one with the spoon and tie it together with a rubber band at the end.
  4. Take the 7-popsicle stick bundle and place it in-between the two popsicle sticks.

Extend the Activity!

To extend the activity, you can place a container or basket at a distance. Take pompoms or roll up small balls of paper and try to shoot them into the basket! Use different objects (maybe avoid rocks unless you are outside the house!) and compare the weight differences. You can even make it a fun competition to see who can get as many in the basket within a time limit or build towers with blocks and Legos and try to knock them down using the catapult.

Happy Catapult making!

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