Easy Popsicle Stick Catapult for Kids to Make

We are building a simple popsicle stick catapult for kids. This science and STEM activity works well for kids of all ages at home or in the classroom. We love catapult crafts because once you make a catapult, then you can play with a catapult!

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Let’s build a popsicle stick catapult!

Popsicle Stick Catapult Craft

What kid doesn’t want to launch something across the room? Build a catapult to develop this love even more.

Related: 13 ways how to make a catapult

We hope your kids love this activity as much as our own do.

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Catapult Kids Can Make

Before building our craft stick catapult, I showed my 3 year old how to turn a spoon into a catapult. Simply press on the spoon end and the other end lifts up. You can’t make an easier catapult than that.

Supplies Needed to Build a Popsicle Stick Catapult

Steps 1-4 in popsicle stick catapult craft for kids using popsicle sticks and a bottle cap.  Collage of 4 steps
Follow these steps to build your own popsicle stick catapult!

Directions to Build a Catapult Out of Popsicle Sticks

Step 1

Stack 5 craft sticks together, and rubber band the ends.

Step 2

Stack 2 craft sticks together, and wrap a rubber band around the very end.

Step 3

Separate the 2 craft sticks. Place the stack of 5 craft sticks between the 2 craft sticks.

Step 4

Wrap a rubber band around all of the craft sticks to hold the catapult together.

Step 5

Glue a milk cap {or something similar} on to serve as a launching platform.

Popsicle Stick Catapult
This catapult craft is part of our science book!

Finished Popsicle Stick Catapult

Push down on the top craft stick and release to launch an object from the milk cap.

Play with Catapult Science

Now create a simple experiment using the catapult of your choice.

Related: Grab our worksheet for kids to learn the scientific method steps

Try one of these simple science experiments:

  • Launch an object from the catapult multiple times and measure how far it travels each time.
  • Launch different objects from the catapult and measure how far each object travels.
  • Compare catapults. Build more than one catapult {the same or different design}. Launch the same object from each catapult and measure how far it travels.

Can you think of any other catapult experiments? Do you have a favorite catapult design?

More DIY Catapults for Kids

What a fun way to launch something in the air!  Kids can build a catapult AND learn about science at the same time.  

The 101 Coolest Simple Science Experiments

More Science Fun in Our 101 Coolest Simple Science Experiments Book

Our book, The 101 Coolest Simple Science Experiments, features tons of awesome activities just like this one that will keep your kids engaged while they learn. Check out the tear sheet from the catapult craft we just did that you can download and print:

How did your popsicle stick catapult turn out? Tell us in the comments below!

23 Comments

  1. This is the simplest catapult I’ve seen! We might try it very soon! Thanks for inspiration.

  2. This is brilliant! I have two boys and they have decided that this is THE item for the summer. They have assembled a few targets (bowls, shoes, cups) and tomorrow we are going out to buy the popsicle sticks. Thanks so much for the idea and directions!

  3. Ohh this looks like fun- I will be pinning this -Visiting from the After school Linky

  4. This is too awesome!! I am going to have to go eat some Popsicle so that I can make some of these after my daughter gets home from school, she will love it.

  5. This looks so cool! Even my husband wants to make one! I think this could prove to be very entertaining my my 10 year old nephew! Thanks for sharing! Found my way here through Less Laundry, More Linking!

  6. Well this just looks fun! I don’t know of any kid who wouldn’t thoroughly enjoy one, I know my girls would! Thanks for sharing!

  7. I love your catapult because we have everything to make it and it’s full of action– the perfect project for my little one! Thanks for sharing:)

  8. This is awesome my preschooler would love it.
    Thanks for linking up at Artsy Play Wednesday. Pinned to our group board. Hope to see you again this week.

  9. What fun! Thanks for sharing at my Pin Me party! I am following your social media now.

  10. This is so clever and I know my 5 year old will love it. What a great addition to some pretend play or an exploration of math concepts. I found this on the After School Linky and am so glad I checked it out! Great idea.

  11. Fun idea! My kids would def. love this. Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays. x

  12. My 5 yr old would get a kick out of this! Found via Saturday Show & Tell 🙂

    Stop over and link at our SUPER SUNDAY Link Party, live now! Our readers will also enjoy!

    Lori
    Who Needs A Cape?
    Not Your Average Super Moms…

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  17. Kristen Yard says:

    You’re welcome!

  18. Kristen Yard says:

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