Want to learn how to make a catapult? It’s easy and fun and the perfect STEM activity for kids of all ages! Toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarten kids will love learning to make a catapult and then play with it! Making a catapult is the perfect craft and activity whether you’re at home or in the classroom!

Building a Catapult for Kids {Simple Catapult = Catapult Games}
Making a catapult is so simple to do!

Building a Catapult

Building a catapult for kids can make you the coolest mom or dad on the block.   Today we have some instructions on how to make a simple catapult. Of course, we at Kids Activities Blog know that if your kid has a device like this they will surely want to play some catapult games. Have fun!

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This simple home made catapult has been a huge hit with my son. We made it using very basic household items and had lots of fun working out which configuration would work best. Watching the pom poms fly across the table has kept us entertained as we see who can launch their pom poms the furthest.

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Supplies Needed To Make A Catapult

Supplies needed to make a catapult: You just need a few supplies like cardboard tubes, wooden spoon, elastic bands, pom poms, marshmallows, or scrunched paper.
You just need a few supplies like cardboard tubes, wooden spoon, elastic bands, pom poms, marshmallows, or scrunched paper.

How to Make a Simple Catapult

Steps for making a simple catapult

Step 1

Lay two of the cardboard tubes side by side and then place the third tube on top of the first two to form a triangle shaped stack.

Step 2

Fasten the tubes together with an elastic band at each end – these are the white elastic bands in the photos.

Step 3

Next, position the wooden spoon at the front of the tubes, and loop an elastic band over the top of the spoon, stretch it around the tubes and then bring it back over itself at the top of the spoon so it holds the spoon to the tubes. This is shown by the red elastic band in the photos.

Step 4

Finally, take the last elastic band, loop it over the handle of the wooden spoon, take it around the cardboard tubes, and back over the spoon as shown by the black elastic band in the photos. The photo below shows another close up view of these elastic bands.

Making a catapult for kids is easy! Try this simple catapult and have fun with our catapult games
Once you have your catapult together together, it’s time to play!

Launch Catapult

To launch the pom poms, hold the cardboard tubes with one hand or secure them to a table with masking tape like we did. Use your other hand to position a pom pom on the wooden spoon, pull the spoon back and then release and watch those pom poms fly!

Young man shooting pom poms out of catapult that he made with spoon, rubber bands, and cardboard tube
How far did the pom poms fly when you launched them out of your catapult?

Catapult Games

Some of our pom poms flew a very long way – more than the length of our dining table. My son had fun simply launching the pom poms and seeing where they would land, but you could make all sorts of target games with this simple catapult. Try lining up some paper cups and try landing the pom poms inside the cups – you could even have a points system where different cups are worth different points.

Simple Catapult And STEM ACtivity

This simple catapult doubles as a fun STEM activity and craft. STEM is great for exploring science and math as well as building things. It’s educational and fun!

How To Make A Catapult?

How To Make A Catapult?

Make a catapult the easy way with only a few cheap items. Kids of all ages will love this STEM activity/craft whether at home or in the classroom!

Materials

  • 3 cardboard tubes
  • a wooden spoon ( a plastic spoon will also work well)
  • 4 elastic bands
  • pom poms
  • marshmallows
  • scrunched up balls of paper or other soft items for launching

Instructions

  1. Lay two of the cardboard tubes side by side and then place the third tube on top of the first two to form a triangle shaped stack.
  2. Fasten the tubes together with an elastic band at each end – these are the white elastic bands in the photos.
  3. Next, position the wooden spoon at the front of the tubes, and loop an elastic band over the top of the spoon, stretch it around the tubes and then bring it back over itself at the top of the spoon so it holds the spoon to the tubes.
  4. Finally, take the last elastic band, loop it over the handle of the wooden spoon, take it around the cardboard tubes, and back over the spoon as shown by the black elastic band in the photos. 

More Catapult Fun From Kids Activities Blog

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How did your catapult turn out? Did it work? How far did you shoot your pom poms?



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23 Comments

  1. amazing! I’m ten in year four and I found this really fun. it helped me a lot with a project. thanks!

  2. Love this!! I pinned it to my homeschool board and plan on using it with my boys this week!! So much fun!! Thanks!!

  3. What fun!! I just pinned this and will be sharing on Facebook as one of the great features at Freedom Fridays!!

    Hugs and thanks for supporting Freedom Fridays!!

  4. That catapult looks like so much fun! It would be a great project to do with a history lesson. I’m going to put this on my Pinterest page. Thanks for sharing.

  5. What a fun and safe way to play with kids LOL I just imagine myself playing with my girl LOL. Thanks so much for sharing this with me at Bewitch Me & Titi! Hope to have you back with more amazing shares! Hope you are having a marvellous week!!!

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    Cami @ TitiCrafty.com