My preschooler loves doing science activities. One of our most recent was a popsicle stick catapult. The goal was to make one we could do together that worked well enough without needing glue or other messy materials. At age 4.5, he still needed my help but it’s a good start in learning to work with rubber bands.
The biggest challenge has been finding information accessible to kids under 8 on the science behind the activity. Building catapults is fun in its own right, but it only makes sense to learn the terms simple machine, kinetic and potential energy while doing it.
There seems to be a lack of one-off simple and affordable science kits on Etsy. As a result, I decided to put together a Kid’s Popsicle Stick Catapult Building Activity Kit and list it. I’ve included all materials, a sheet with simple directions and a list of statements parents can use to incorporate some science concepts with basic confidence. Hearing the vocabulary and seeing it in action is a great start to getting them interested even if you don’t expect a preschooler to wrap his/her head around all of it.
I’m hoping the kit makes building a catapult fun and convenient.