There’s just something fulfilling in sending an object hurtling through the air, don’t you agree? Well, even if you don’t, something tells me some of the kiddos you know would agree with me. Why not channel that interest into these amazing catapults for kids!?
Ideas and Activities for Catapults for Kids
In addition to being an exciting experience, catapults lead to so much thinking and learning! Fine motor skills, science, and math are just a few subjects that catapults help children learn about. Have you and your kiddos ever made one, or played with one? If not, here are 14 FUN ideas to try!
The Educators’ Spin On It created a trebuchet (a type of catapult) using a tinker box kit.
Therapy Fun Zone used clothespin catapults during a learning game.
We used a catapult to create art over the summer.
JDaniel4’s Mom used a coffee can to make a catapult.
Kids Activities Blog made an easy catapult with just a few materials from around the house.
Science Sparks experimented with elasticity while making a catapult.
Housing a Forest used a vintage clothespin and a spoon to create a catapult for packing peanuts.
Toddler Approved created a catapult out of pool noodles.
JDaniel4’s Mom put together an egg carton catapult.
3 Dinosaurs used cardboard tubes to craft a catapult.
Mama.Papa.Bubba shared directions for a kid-made LEGO catapult.
Frugal Fun for Boys built 4 different catapults from household materials, then used them to launch candy corn.
Child Central Station painted in the snow using catapults.
Which of these catapults for kids would you like to try out first? So many choices – I’m not sure I could narrow it down!
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Materials for the Catapults
There are some really amazing STEM activities in this list. But, perhaps the children want to come up with their own catapult designs. Check out this list of materials for some inspiration.
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- Popsicle/craft sticks
- Wooden blocks
- Cardboard tubes
- Rubber bands
- Toy wheels
- Wooden dowels
- Small plastic containers
- Plastic utensils
What are your favorite STEM materials? Let us know in the comments below!
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Thank you for the different resources for building your own catapult. K12 actually has a STEM contest going on right now (stories.k12.com) so I’ll be sharing this via Pinterest for others to enjoy!
Natalie PlanetSmartyPants says
What a fun roundup! Believe it or not, we have not built a catapult yet. Great activity to try during a Christmas break!