With this mini, DIY, catapult you can launch most anything: mini-marshmallows, raisins, tiny toys, peas, your awesomeness… whatever your awesome self desires. Ready? Get to it!
What you need:
~ A cap or other small cup-shaped something to be your launch pad
~ Glue (Elmer’s worked)
~ 6 or more popsicle sticks, tongue depressors, or craft sticks (personally I think this is a great excuse to eat 6 or more popsicles)
~ 4 rubber bands
~ Things to launch (your call!)
& one wacky catapult operator
What to do:
~ Glue your water bottle cap to one stick near the end. Let that dry. This will be your launch pad stick.
~ Stack 4 sticks up and rubber band them together – the blue rubber bands in my photo.
~ Take your launch pad stick and one last stick and sandwich them around the 4 stick stack (say that 10 times fast!). Use a rubber band to crisscross the two sticks and the stacked sticks – see green rubber band in picture. Improvise here, just get it fairly tight and keep this joint down hear the bottom of your two sticks to get best leverage.
~ Use your final rubber band to secure the launch pad stick and the base stick together – tan rubber band.
~ Ready… set… LAUNCH!!!!
– What happens if you add more sticks to the stack?
– What happens with longer sticks? Shorter sticks? Plastic sticks?
– Does the weight of the thing you are launching matter?