Pompom Paper Roll Catapult

It was a snow day and the girls were bored. We had finished one activity and asked if they could do some catapults with the pompoms. I was not about to say no, but hey why not have some fun with them.

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This is simple and easy activity to do. It does not take much to do it. Plus a lot of materials can be found in most houses really easy! We had so much fun that we will be doing it again for many days to come!

What you need for this paper roll activity

  • pompoms (could also use cotton balls)
  • big spoon
  • paper roll
  • making tape
  • Pompom Paper Roll Catapult - 3Dinosaurs.com

    How we did this activity

    We placed the spoon on the paper roll. After several tests we taped the spoon where it would get the move distance.

    Pompom Paper Roll Catapult - 3Dinosaurs.com

    We taped the spoon to the roll with masking tape. We did make several different adjustments as we went.

    Pompom Paper Roll Catapult - 3Dinosaurs.com

    Then we let the fun being. We had to learn that to much strength pushing down would crush the paper roll or fling the roll somewhere else. We all had to learn just the right amount on pressure would work. We did learn that larger spoons that were lighter worked better.

    Pompom Paper Roll Catapult - 3Dinosaurs.com

    After we got a few things figured out we just had lots of fun with this! We pulled out some egg cartons at one time to get them a target and used tape lines to see if they could shoot the pompom straight at the line.

    Pompom Paper Roll Catapult - 3Dinosaurs.com

    The girls made a game called “Can You Launch the Pompom All the Way Over You?” It took them a while to get it perfected but they LOVED doing it. Every time they got it they got up and danced around and tried it again. They had to learn how low to be tot he ground and how much pressure to use and how far away, so that the spoon did not hit them.

    Pompom Paper Roll Catapult - 3Dinosaurs.com

    At the end we did a few launches using our feet.

    Pompom Paper Roll Catapult - 3Dinosaurs.com

    This was a perfect snow day activity and we plan to use it again, well today!

    Cassie – 3Dinosaurs.com

    About Cassie

    Cassie is a mom of three stomping, romping, and roaring girls. She blogs about fun art and craft activities and printables she makes. She includes the odd review of products every now and then. She also blogs about the places that she has taken the girls called trip reviews. She has a few free printable pack for kids ages 2 to 8 and always adding more. She loves to get comments and feedback and always looking for new things to try or do with her girls.
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    15 Responses to Pompom Paper Roll Catapult

    1. So simple and yet it works great! Wonderful.

    2. This looks like so much fun! Thanks for sharing!

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    4. Jolanthe Erb says:

      This is such a fun idea! It would be a great way to pass some time while learning a little physics.

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    6. Becky Spence says:

      It looks like your girls very much enjoyed this activity! How many pom poms are you still missing? 😉 Thank you for linking up to the After School Linky!

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