Bamboo Catapults

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Build catapults with bamboo and rubber bands, and fire at a target


elastic bands,7 bamboos per catapult, plastic cups or yogurt tub, water balloons, ping-pong balls or scrunched up paper


Give the each Six the required equipment and a copy of each of the images showing the 2 different designs.

As a Six they decide on what version of the Catapult they wish to build.

Once each six has built their Catapult let them have some practice shoots to perfect the firing technique then have a competition too see which six can get the furthest distance.

Before construction & firing go over some safety rules
1. Every one to stay behind the firing line
2. No firing if anyone over line
3. No flicking rubber bands at each other


  • catapult
  • pioneering

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