Are you as excited as I am about making a DIY catapult with your students?! Get your students ready to soar by launching objects across the classroom and testing how far they’ll go! Building a catapult is a classic STEM activity. Tell your kids to get their thinking caps on and start building their own DIY catapult!
Let’s get started!
Building a popsicle stick catapult is a great project for kids to be creative while building their engineering (creating a machine), math (measuring height and distance) and science skills (gravity and force). Yet truly having to think in order to complete the given task.
DIY catapult supplies:
- Darice Jumbo Wood Craft Sticks
- Rubber Bands
- Darice Acrylic Paints
- Studio 71 Paint Brushes
- Plastic Bottle Caps
Step 1. Stack six to eight sticks and rubber band them together at both ends.
Step 2. Rubber band two stick together.
Step 3. Slide the stack of sticks in between the two sticks that you already banded together.
Step 4. Next, use a rubber band to secure all of the craft sticks together. I would demonstrate this part to all your students.
Step 5. I used a hot glue gun to help secure a bottle cap to the end of the catapult. This is a perfect spot to set your pom pom balls.
Step 6. Finally let the kids design and paint their catapults. Make sure to have lots of paint options and thin paint brushes available!
They can get as creative as they want with this step!
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Courtney from Crafts by Courtney is a mommy to three great boys (who keep her busy) and wife to a loving husband. Crafts by Courtney is where she makes easy-to-follow craft tutorials and posts all the do-it-yourself parties she’s created! Crafting has always been a big part of Courtney’s life since she was a child, and some of her favorite childhood memories are crafting with her mother and sister.