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Popsicle Stick Catapults

Materials Needed:

  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Rubber Banks
  • Plastic Spoon
  • Pom poms or mini marshmallows
  • Markers or Paint (Optional)


  1. If you want to color or paint the popsicle sticks, do it now before you assemble.
  2. Make a stack of popsicle sticks and rubber band them together on each end.
  3. Take 2 additional popsicle sticks and stack them together. Rubber band them together on just 1 end.
  4. Pull the 2 popsicle sticks slightly apart and place the larger stack of popsicle sticks in between the.
  5. Rubber band the stack of popsicle sticks to just the upper popsicle stick.
  6. Rubber band a plastic spoon to the upper popsicle stick.
  7. Place a pom pom or marshmallow onto the spoon.
  8. Hold the catapult with 1 hand, use the other hand to pull spoon down and then release the spoon to launch!
  9. Practice with different items to launch. Try raisins, cherrrios, paper clips, or whatever is on hand (and easy to clean up).
  10. If more than 1 child is doing this activity, have them compete against each other. Who can launch the farthest?

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