You can make a catapult out of Lincoln Logs! Our step-by-step instructions with images will show you exactly how to do it!
One day, when my son and my 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.
Then they used it with our Playmobil sets and had even more fun.
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. (Be sure to see all of our other activities for boys as well!
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 – and shooting it!
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Make Your Own Log Catapult
Grab your materials and then follow along with the close-up images to make the catapult. The steps match the image numbers to make it easy to follow.
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.
Step 7: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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This is Lincoln Logs set we have. It has served us well over many years. I did add some additional logs as we build big lol.
We have multiple Playmobil Castles. The ones we own are discontinued but you can see what is available here. Playmobil is an investment, just like LEGO is. They are not super cheap, that is for sure, but they would easily make my list of the top 10 toys ever and we have a lot of Playmobil sets and figures.
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I hope you enjoyed making your own log catapult! It is such a great project!
I also wanted to let you know that this project was featured in the book Learn with Play: 150+ Activities for Year-round Fun & Learning – super exciting to have our project in a book. It is simply packed with fun play ideas for kids.