One day, when my son and husband were setting up one of their elaborate log buildings and forts scenes, they decided they needed some catapults so they could shoot at each other’s forts.
They set out to build one out of toy logs. It turned out great and was a lot of fun to play with. I just love activities that get my son learning, as well as playing and having a great time.
Why not Make Your Own Log Catapult? Follow the easy tutorial below to build this fun DIY toy. I’m sure your kids will get a lot of satisfaction out of building it- an shooting it!
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Make Your Own Log Catapult
Materials for Catapult:
8 2 slotted logs – These are the logs my son got when he was little and we love them.
5 2″ rubber bands
1 3″ strong rubber band
1 bottle cap
1 piece of masking tape
Logs needed and sizes of rubber bands.
Create a box with 4 logs. Add strong 3″ rubber band to the back log.
Note: The front of the catapult does not have a rubber band on it.
Add 2 logs to the sides, going from front to back. Add 1 more log to the front going from side to side.
Check image 4 to make sure it matches the image. Once you start adding the rubber bands, always make sure they are in the grooves.
To add the catapult arm piece, loop the red rubber band around the top front log and slip the catapult arm log into the rubber band loop.
Secure the 4 ends of your build by double looping rubber bands over the corners where the logs intersect.
Stretch the strong (blue) rubber band toward the front and slip it between the two front horizontal logs. This is a little tricky to do. Once you slip it in between the logs, stretch it up over the bottom of the catapult arm log.
Take a soda bottle cap and attach it to the arm with masking tape.
Load your catapult bucket with ammunition, pull back and FIRE!
Most of the time we shoot little plastic balls and small logs. You can also use wadded up paper, aluminum foil balls, pom pons etc. (The balls shown are from our Playmobil sets.)
I hope you and your kids enjoy trying out this Make Your Own Log Catapult project and that you experiment and design one of your own as well. This is a fun activity that is packed with learning opportunities.
You can expand the learning a bit by reading about the history of Lincoln Logs in this article. Very interesting.
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We own the set below (click the picture to learn more) and we really like it because you have enough logs to build a lot of projects without always running out. We are going to feature more log projects in the future!