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There is something so fun about flinging things in a catapult. Did you know you could use them to learn English too? We’ve turned ours into a counting game and here’s how:
- 5-8 popsicles sticks
- 4 rubber bands
- a cap from a plastic bottle
- a cardboard egg carton
- tempera paints
- small pieces of paper (we used a large hole punch to cut out circles, but squares, triangles, dodecahedrons, etc will work fine)
Step 2: Paint each of the holders a different color.
Step 3: Write numbers 1 – 9 on small scraps of paper. (This number depends on how many places for eggs your carton has). Once the tempera is dry, place the numbers inside each of the holes.
Step 4: Decorate your acorns.
Now to make your catapult. There are a million ways to make a catapult, we combined a few ideas to make an easy to follow idea using this we had around the house. Here’s how we did it:
Step 5: Stack 2 popsicle sticks one on top of the other and bind at one end with a rubber band (let’s call this Stack A). Make another stack of 2-4 popsicle sticks and bind both ends with rubber bands (let’s call this Stack B). Make sure the rubber bands are wrapped fairly tight so that the sticks don’t slip.
Step 6: Open Stack A and slide Stack B in between the two sticks.
Step 7: Use another rubber band to bind the two stacks together, making an ‘x’ where the two stack intersect. Glue the cap on.
Step 8: Put an acorn into your catapult and have fun playing your game!
Challenge – if you are already pretty good at saying your numbers, you could make this into a math game and start adding up your points!