We first ran into this classic popsicle stick catapult at the Magic House maker workshop. The idea is pretty simple and there’s lots of variations. Try out a few and run some tests to see which one works best!
Here’s a shopping list from Amazon (yes, these are affiliate links) to get you started. The kids might prefer to eat a box of actual Popsicles first, but it’s a little quicker to just buy unused craft sticks.
Build a Popsicle Stick and Spoon Catapult
Take 5 sticks and stack them, securing one end with a rubber band.
Place the spoon on top, and attach the end of the spoon to the end of the single stick with the last rubber band.
Mitch and I made a little video if you want to see how it’s built and little demo at the end. Enjoy!
This catapult has a lot of upward thrust–not a very good distance shooter. It’s great for younger kids to build because it’s so very simple. If you’re ready for a challenge–and a bit more distance–maybe try this next one! It takes 15 rubber bands and 10 craft sticks.
Mitch and I also made a super easy catapult from pool noodles!