It’s cold outside so you need some fun inside ideas.
Channel your kids energy from flicking their food using a fork or spoon at their siblings into making an even better food flicking system. Because what they don’t know is they were making a simple machine –a catapult using a lever and fulcrum.
If they’ve played Angry Birds, they’ll understand the concepts more fully.
Ok, maybe not for food ir bird flicking but I bet your kids are up to the challenge of making their own catapults! Just replace the food with small toys or cotton balls.
Make a Catapult
1. Make a fulcrum – use an empty toilet paper roll or a rolled up and taped newspaper.
2. Make a lever – use a plastic spoon. Attach with a rubber band or tape.
4. Try substituting the plastic spoon with a stick with a glued-on plastic bottle lid or different silverware. See what happens.
This teaches kids about force, energy, simple machines and the scientific method.
What will your kids shoot with their catapult?