Time Required :
About 30 minutes
Beginner
Beginner
You're new to the skills necessary to complete this project, or maybe you've tried them just once or twice before.

pom-pom catapult

Make your own awesome Pom-pom Catapult that totally works! All you need is a few craft sticks, markers and some rubber bands (plus a pom-pom or two for launching). This easy STEAM project is a super-fun activity for kids!
Step 1

Project Note: This project is intended for kids age 6 and older.

First, take three craft sticks and use your markers to decorate one side of each one. Color shapes and dots, draw flowers or silly faces, or make whatever colors and designs you like best. The rest of the craft sticks will be stacked together, but you can color in their skinny edges if you like.

TIP: Give each craft stick a couple of minutes to dry after you decorate it. This will help to keep the marker from smearing.

Step 2
Make a stack out of seven craft sticks; then stack one decorated craft stick on top, for a total of eight. Use Rainbow Loom® bands to rubber band them together at each end. Wrap at least two or three bands at each end to make sure the stack won’t shift.
Step 3
Place a second decorated craft stick underneath this stack, but facing the opposite direction, so that the new stick and the stack are perpendicular to each other. Together they should make a plus (+) sign.
Step 4
Place the third decorated craft stick on top of the stack, lining it up so that it matches exactly with the decorated craft stick on the bottom.
Step 5
Squeeze together the perpendicular top and bottom craft sticks on one side of the main stack of craft sticks. Rubber band them together. You may want to use three or four bands to make sure they’re really secure. Hooray! You’ve just finished your catapult.
Step 6

All that’s left is to test your catapult. Here’s how to do it:

   -  Place your catapult on a flat surface so that its open ends are facing you, like an alligator’s open mouth.
   -  Place a pom-pom onto the end of the top craft stick, on its open side.
   -  With one finger holding the bottom craft stick in place, use a second finger to hold the pom-pom in place on the top craft stick as you pull them down together.
   -  Aim and release. POW!
   -  Remember that you should always shoot at inanimate objects (preferably the non-breakable kind). Never aim your catapult at other people, pets or family heirlooms!

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