Friday, 16 March 2012

Homemade catapult

OK so this might not be the first toy that you think of to give to a toddler but when Farfar found a perfect catapult shaped branch he couldn't resist making one.
There is a huge amount of power in this catapult (it could easily be used for hunting) so I wouldn't want to be using it to hurl rocks around, but with felted wool balls as ammunition it's lots of fun (even indoors).

Here's what you need:
  • Two rubber rings used to seal glass jars (these are very strong rubber)
  • Electrical wire
  • A scrap of leather or suede 
  • A catapult shaped tree branch
  • Wire strippers
  • A Farfar (or suitable alternative)
The branch needs to have the bark and some of the inner wood removed at each tip ready to have the rubber tied to it. The electrical wires are used to tie everything together.

The scrap of suede has two small holes cut into it.
Take the two rings and trim them so that they are half the width that they were as well as adding a slit in each.   The width of the rubber needs to be able to be placed within the cut grooves on the branch.
Tie each of the rubber strips to the piece of rubber to the suede using the electrical wire which has has the insulation removed with wire strippers.
 And use the same method to tie the other ends to the branch.
 Here's Farmor giving it a try!

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