пятница, 2 октября 2015 г.

easy marshmallow catapults {summer fun for kids} - It's Always Autumn

easy marshmallow catapults {summer fun for kids} - It's Always Autumn
easy marshmallow catapults {summer fun for kids} - It's Always Autumn

Genius! This simple marshmallow catapult can be made from common household supplies and is so easy to put together kids can do it on their own! Great science learning activity, and lots of fun.

Seeing as it’s summer break (or will be soon), I thought I’d share this kid-friendly craft. All you need to make a catapult is: 4 large marshmallows, 7 bamboo skewers, a thin rubber band, a plastic spoon, and masking tape.

Construction is simple enough that my 4-yr old was able to make his own. The older kids spent a while making “mods” to their catapult, reinforcing the joints with more masking tape, etc. Here’s the process:

Kids can play with their catapults immediately after construction, but they’ll need to be fairly gentle so they don’t tear the marshmallows. Being gentle can be difficult for kids, so I recommend you construct the catapults one day, then let them sit out overnight so the marshmallows will stiffen up and become much stronger, allowing for rougher play and stronger launching. We taped a target in the middle of our dining room table and took turns trying to hit it:

I even made a bunch of these the day before my oldest son’s 12th birthday party, then sent all the party attendees outside with them. We used hula hoops for targets out on the back patio. The boys at the party had a blast sending small candies across the yard.

Anything pretty small works fine as ammunition – mini marshmallows, cheerios, mike&ike’s, etc.

One last note – the skewers do have a pointy end which can be fairly sharp, so if you are making these with younger kids you might want to snip the point off with kitchen shears.

I hope this helps you keep everyone busy this summer – I have a few more fun kid craft ideas coming in the next few weeks.

marshmallow catapult - so fun! Easy instructions for a simple catapult kids can make with household materials - great rainy day activity!

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