In this activity we'll be building a catapult and target to use in an age-old contest of skill. Do you have what it takes to best your opponent and walk away with the highest score?
Approximate build time: 2 hours
Materials listed are for one catapult and one target. You could build more than one and set up a carnival style game booth for friends and family to enjoy a little challenge of skill and earn bragging rights for the highest score!
Repeat these steps for each catapult you are making.
Make a stack of 7 craft sticks and use a rubber band on each end to hold them together.
Make a stack of 2 craft sticks and use a rubber band to hold them together on one end.
Take the stack of 2 craft sticks and spread the unbound end apart to form an alligator mouth. Then wedge the stack of 7 craft sticks into the alligator mouth.
Use two rubber bands to secure the plastic spoon to the top craft stick.
Congratulations! You now have a catapult. Now we’ll build a target to lob the marshmallows (or other payload) at.
Repeat these steps for each target you are making.
When cutting, gluing, and painting make sure to protect the surface you are working on. Put down an old box, paper, plastic, or other material you don’t mind getting paint or glue on to protect your work surface. We don’t want to scratch it or accidentally get glue or paint all over it.
Lay your box on the work surface.
Take a disposablecup and use it to trace a circle onto the box.
Carefully cut the circle out of the box with scissors or a craft knife.
Take 2 craft sticks and glue one to each side of the top of your box. They should extend past the box on the opposite side of the hole you just cut out. These sticks will lift the back of the box and angle the target towards your catapult.
Wait for the glue to dry before moving on to the next steps.
Carefully cut the flaps off the bottom edge of the target so any of the objects that make it into the hole may slide out.
It’s time to decorate! Using paints, markers, and/or other decorative materials make the target your own. Think about patterns or shapes that draw attention to the hole(s) in the target.
Can you think of any ways to make it easier or harder to score points on your target(s)?
What else could you do?
Take turns lobbing things at your targets. Give each player 3 or more attempts to score points.
Highest score wins!