Introduction

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Jessica Downey Photography

 

The Simplest Toys are the Best

This catapult requires only a few materials, yet provides so much fun. Get ready with plenty of marshmallows or small pom-poms for hours of play time. Add competition to the fun by downloading and printing a few of our targets. Set them up on the floor so the kids can shoot at them and see what it takes to make the perfect bull's-eye.

Step 1

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Jessica Downey Photography

Gather Tools and Materials

You will need: 10 craft sticks/popsicle sticks, four rubber bands, craft paint, a foam paintbrush, one bottle cap, a hot glue gun, "ammo" (marshmallows/pom-poms), and then click here to download the target.

Step 2

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Jessica Downey Photography

Paint the Sticks

Paint all the craft sticks; they can be the same color or different colors. Let the paint dry completely.

Step 3

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Jessica Downey Photography

Attach Two Pieces for the Base

Once the paint is dry, rubber-band two sticks together at one end, then set aside.

Step 4

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Jessica Downey Photography

Make the Cross Piece/Wing

Stack the remaining eight sticks and rubber band them together at both ends.

Step 5

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Jessica Downey Photography

Connect

Slide the stack of eight sticks in between the two sticks that you already banded together.

Step 6

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Jessica Downey Photography

Make an X at the Center

Use the fourth rubber band to secure all of the craft sticks together.

Step 7

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Jessica Downey Photography

Attach "Ammo" Holder

Use a hot glue gun to secure a bottle cap to the end of the catapult. This is a perfect little spot to set your marshmallow or small pom-pom.

Step 8

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Jessica Downey Photography

Print Target

Download and print the target. Load up on mini marshmallows and have fun!