Toy Catapult STEAM Activity

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Finding ways to make education fun is one of the best ways to get young kids excited about learning.

And what better way to make learning fun than incorporating toys into your lesson?

With this cute toy catapult activity, your kids will have a blast learning about engineering and science while playing with their toys. 

 

What Do You Need to Make a Toy Catapult?

The beauty of this simple craft project is that you only need three simple supplies to put it together! To make your own toy catapult at home with your kids, you’ll need:

  • Popsicle sticks
  • Plastic spoons
  • Rubber bands

 

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How Do You Make a Simple Catapult for Kids?

Since there’s no cutting, gluing, or measuring involved in this fun science experiment, it’s perfect for kids of any age. So, whether you’re crafting with preschoolers or elementary students, your kids will have a blast making and playing with their own catapults! Let’s get to building for our Toy Catapult STEAM activity!

The first step your kids should take to make their toy catapults is to stack up their popsicle sticks. Grab four sticks and place them on top of each other in an even stack, making sure the ends line up with each other. Then, wrap a rubber band around each end of the stack to hold the base of the catapult together and help stabilize it.

Toy Catapult STEAM Activity Step 1

Next grab the two remaining popsicle sticks on top of each other, making sure the ends line up. Place the plastic spoon on top of the two sticks, then wrap the end of the spoon and popsicle sticks tightly with your remaining rubber band.

Toy Catapult STEAM Activity Step 2

Now that you have the two pieces of your toy catapult constructed, it’s time to put them together. Holding the stack of popsicle sticks with the spoon in your hand, carefully pull the two popsicle sticks apart to form a V shape. Then, push the stack of four sticks into the middle of the V to wedge the two sticks apart.

Toy Catapult STEAM Activity Step 3

 

How Do You Use a Toy Catapult?

Once you have your popsicle stick catapult built, it’s time to have some fun! Using your catapult to launch toys in the air is one of the best ways to play (and learn) with your craft.

Start by placing a small toy in the spoon. We used mini dinosaurs in our activity, but you can use any type of small toy as long as it fits inside the spoon.

After the toy is in place, lightly press down on the tip of the spoon. Then, let go quickly and watch the toy fly into the air.

Toy Catapult STEAM Activity Step 4

 

When your kids have had a few minutes to practice, you can start incorporating some fun scientific lessons into their playtime! Try these activities as your kids are playing:

  • Measure the distance. Use a ruler or tape measure to measure the distance each toy flies after it’s launched. Challenge each other to see who can make their toy fly the furthest.
  • Try different toys. Different types of toys will fly differently than others based on their size and weight. See which types of toys fly further, then discuss why some toys might fly further than others.
  • Adjust the catapult. Experiment with what happens when you adjust the placement of the catapult base. What happens when you move the base closer to the end of the spoon? What happens when the base is moved closer to the small part of the V shape?
  • Try different shooting techniques. In addition to adjusting the placement of the base, your kids can also test different ways of launching the toys. Varying the amount of pressure they put on the spoon before launch, for example, will make the toy fly at different distances.

Toy Catapult STEAM Activity Step 5

 

How Do You Explain a Catapult to a Child?

If this is your first time making a toy catapult with your kids, they probably won’t know what it is.

So, the first thing you’ll need to do when playing with this educational craft is to teach them all about catapults!

A catapult is a device that is used to launch an object into the air. They’ve been used for thousands of years as a military weapon.

Using a catapult is as simple as pressing down on the top of the device and letting go to shoot an object into the air.

But if you want to get a little more scientific with your lesson, a catapult works when the energy stored in a stretched rubber band is converted to kinetic energy when it snaps back into shape.

As the rubber band snaps, it moves the catapult arm forward, shooting the object on top into the air.

 

How to Build a Toy Catapult

Science and engineering don’t have to be boring! By bringing toys into your STEAM lesson, you can make learning a little more fun.

With the help of this easy toy catapult activity, your kids can have fun learning all about building.

And the best part is that you only need three craft supplies to put this easy project together with your kids today!

Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Stack four popsicle sticks on top of each other and wrap a rubber band around each end.
  2. Stack the remaining two popsicle sticks on top of each other and put the spoon on top of the stack. Wrap a rubber band around the end of the spoon and sticks to hold them together.
  3. Open the two popsicle sticks and hold them apart while you place the stack of four popsicle sticks between them.
  4. Place a small toy on top of the spoon and push the end of the spoon down. Let go to launch the toy into the air.

And that’s it! Enjoy!

Final Thoughts: Toy Catapult STEAM Activity

There you have it! A quick and fun toy catapult STEAM activity to do with your kids! Will you be trying it? I would love to hear all about it in the comments!

 

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