My next Little Passports writing assignment was about homemade catapults. Right up Trevor's alley!
plastic spoon, tongue depressor, cork, 2 rubber bands and pom poms
Use the rubber bands to connect the spoon to the tongue depressor. Slide the cork under the neck of the spoon. Put a pom pom in the bowl of the spoon and you're ready to go!
I'd be remiss if I didn't mention some important safety considerations. Never point a catapult at people or animals. Launch soft items, such as pom poms, cotton balls, or marshmallows. Choose a clear area, such as the backyard, where nothing will be broken or damaged.
Trevor experimented with several different methods of launching pom poms, starting with the catapult on the ground.
He discovered he improved his accuracy by holding the catapult upright.
There are so many ways to use this catapult for family fun! Set up hoops or buckets with points for each pom pom that lands inside. Use the catapult and pom poms in place of bocce balls. Draw chalk targets on the garage door and try to storm the castle. What other games can you dream up?