Making a catapult with kids starts out as a craft and ends with a fun activity! Add a target or a competitive goal and now you have a game.
It might possibly be the perfect toy!
15 DIY Catapults
All these catapults to make at home use everyday objects – hopefully you won’t have to buy a thing! Upcycle the items in your kitchen junk drawer for hours of target practice.
These are in order as seen in the photo above with a few bonus catapults at the end. We are all about catapult value here!
Plastic Spoon Catapult – Housing a Forrest starts us off with the simplest version of them all!
Tinker Toy Catapult – Get out that cherished set and make an easy catapult!
Dragon Slayer Catapult – There is a whole story behind this simple (and large) catapult from Frugal Fun for Boys.
Tissue Box Catapult – This simple machine uses pencils and an empty tissue box from Spoonful.
Paper Plate Target Game – This catapult game will have paper balls landing and math ensuing.
Catapult Goal Game – This simple DIY game from Toddler Approved is catapult fun on a tabletop scale.
Cotton Ball Launcher – This from Delightful Learning will have cotton balls flying!
LEGO Catapult – If you have 100’s of bricks in your house, this might be a good project for about 20 of them.
Marshmallow Launcher – A balloon and small plastic container can get marshmallows air born!
Pool Noodle Catapult – This large version is absolutely fun and games from Toddler Approved!
Craft Stick Catapult – This transforms a few craft sticks, some rubber bands and a lid into a projectile shooting machine!
Wooden Spoon Catapult – Launch is easy with a wooden spoon and a few paper towel rolls!
Skewer & Marshmallow Catapult – This design from It’s Always Autumn uses marshmallows IN the design!
Paper Bowl Catapult – This easy-to-adapt idea comes from Science Gal and can bring a new game to any picnic!
Cardboard Catapult – Love this simple project from iKat Bag!
Even though kids will see catapult play as fun and games, there is a ton of science involved. If you are looking into adding some learning into this activity, I thought these resources were helpful:
- Launch into Learning from Teach Engineering
- The Science Behind the Catapult
- All About Catapults from All Things Medieval
Catapult Projectiles for Kids
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Obviously whether you are playing inside or outside will be a big component of your decision on what to use as catapult projectiles.
Safety is the other big one! The last thing you need is an ACTUAL weapon in your house.
The good news is that modern life has provided many alternatives to the medieval rock. Start with one of the suggestions below, but get the kids involved in finding soft and safe alternatives. Safety glasses is always a great idea when playing with flying objects!
- Crumpled paper balls
- Craft Pom-poms
- Sponge “bombs” or sponge pieces – wet or dry
- Cotton balls
- Ping pong balls
- Duct tape or masking tape balls
- Stuffed animals!
- Hacky sacks or small soft/squishy play balls
More Catapult Resources for Kids
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