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Dec.01.2020

Homeschool Crafting: How to Make a Mini Catapult

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There’s never been a better time than now to get creative at home! We’ll show you how to make a miniature catapult!

Need some creative inspiration for kids’ crafts? Read on and we will show you how to build a small catapult at home. These great crafts can be configured from a multitude of materials. Anywhere from popsicle sticks to PVC pipes! Ever heard of STEM? It stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. When you plan your homeschooling schedule for your kids, try incorporating activities with this in mind. The internet is filled with wonderful DIY crafts you can do at home with your kids.

We all know how hard these times can be during a pandemic. Finding exciting yet educational activities to do with your children has shown to be challenging. Is it just me or does it seem like all of our attention spans have gone out the window!? I find if I set a clear game plan for my kiddos, they stay on track and so do I. Let’s talk about some ways of how to make a homemade catapult.

Popsicle catapult

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Try making one with just popsicle sticks! Collect popsicle sticks, a milk jug cap, and rubber bands. All are items if you don’t have at home you can likely pick up just about anywhere. To attach everything together you can use a hot glue gun.

How to do

  • Layer a few popsicles sticks up and attach them at the ends with rubber bands, make two sets of these.
  • Then insert one set into the other, secure the meeting point or X shape with more rubber bands.
  • Now glue onto your elevated tip of the popsicle stick the milk jug cap. This is where the items you want to catapult will go. I recommend something soft like cotton balls or even marshmallows if you have them around.

This is a great example of how to make a catapult out of household items. This version of a catapult is my personal favorite, we tried it at home during the first lockdown and the kids loved it. The fact that I didn’t need to leave the house to buy anything from the store was a real win! A great example of how to make a catapult out of household items. Catapults are wonderful STEM projects to try with your kids. Building together a project that will encourage their problem-solving skills, physics, fine motor, and math skills.

How to make a catapult with a spoon?

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All you need to do is clamp a spoon down with a clothes peg and secure it with either electrical tape or masking tape. From there use a flicking action to catapult your items. Feel free to experiment with the items you toss from your catapult. The last thing you want to have in your house is a weapon. Another catapult style is one that sits on the table.

What you will need is

  • Styrofoam bowl
  • Two popsicle sticks
  • A plastic spoon
  • Masking tape
  • Items to launch.

Attach your spoon to one of your popsicle sticks with masking tape, then secure the other popsicle stick in place inside the bowl (you may need to dig two little holes) then make it safe with masking tape. Angle your second popsicle stick and spoon combo inside the bowl, secure again with tape, and your set! Use a backward motion to fling items across the room.

Pencil catapult

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Let’s talk also about how to make a pencil catapult!

What you will need

  • Rubber bands
  • Pencils
  • Masking tape
  • Scissors
  • Piece of cardboard.

How to do

  1. Start by making a sturdy triangle figure with three pencils
  2. Anchor down your corners with rubber bands
  3. Then reinforce with masking tape. Do this process over so you will have two of the same triangles.
  4. Stand your triangles up and attach a support beam along the top with masking tape. It will look something like a meat rotisserie at this point.
  5. Then secure the bottom in the same way again with masking tape.
  6. Now attach another pencil at a midway point up the triangle, this time putting it in place with rubber bands.
  7. Separately make the arm of your catapult by attaching two pencils together with tape.
  8. Next, attach the arm at the middle point of the pencil.
  9. On the opposite side of the triangle, attach rubber bands between the distance of your structure.
  10. Now using cardboard and masking tape build your launcher. I recommend a rectangular shape.
  11. Once completed attaching to the arm of your catapult. Place an item of choice to launch, ready, aim, and fire!

If this last example seems too complicated, I definitely recommend you to make a catapult with popsicle sticks.

STEM EDUACTION

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Build a simple catapult for kids, it’s a great gateway into their STEM education. If you’re new to STEM learning, take a moment to read a bit on the internet. I highly recommend brushing up on some interactive STEM activities to do at home with your child. Especially now that most of our children’s learning is on Zoom. I believe it’s important to take matters into our own hands and engage with our kids. There is something to be said for activities that are done with our hands. Check the links below on how to make catapults for kids for more info. Kinesthetic learning for adults and children works wonders. STEM has put importance on learning through failure and getting kids comfortable with trial and error. Then kids can embrace mistakes as just a part of their learning process. Children then push beyond their boundaries of knowledge without trepidation. Feeling comfortable with experimentation is truly a skill and what better time than now to start your kids off. Through STEM we can encourage creativity, experimentation, teamwork, problem-solving, and adaptation. A DIY mini catapult is a perfect example of a STEM hands-on activity to do with your kiddos. Your best homemade catapult of course is the one you make at home with your kids!

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