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Catapults (and Water Balloons!)

Updated: Jul 16, 2020

This project about sent me over the edge, but we figured it out in the end! In any event, a day with water balloons is a day of fun so if your catapults make you a little crazy, just toss them aside and have a good old fashioned water balloon fight!


๐Ÿ”ฒ popsicle sticks

๐Ÿ”ฒ rubberbands

๐Ÿ”ฒ plastic spoon

๐Ÿ”ฒ water balloons

๐Ÿ”ฒ sponge remnants from the boat project earlier this week, or kitchen sponges cut up into small wedges

Optional: (for the large water balloon catapult)

๐Ÿ”ฒ latex tubing

๐Ÿ”ฒ duct tape

To Make:

Make a stack of seven popsicle sticks. Secure with a rubberband at both ends.

Then make a stack of two popsicle sticks. Use a rubberband to secure them at only one end.

Pull those two popsicle sticks apart and fit the larger stack in between.

Use a rubberband to connect both sets of popsicle sticks together. (This is tricky. See photo!)

Tuck the spoon into the rubberbands in the middle that hold everything together. Then secure the plastic spoon just to the upper popsicle stick with one more rubberband. You may want to then pull the spoon up a bit to give it more room to flex.

To prep the items for shooting:

Soak the sponge wedges in a bowl of water. If using water balloons, take note. They will be too heavy for this particular catapult unless you fill them with a very small amount of water. If you have the self tie water balloons, they won't work! (We learned the hard way.) That's where the sponges came in! The sponge pieces are the perfect way to hit an unsuspecting opponent and give them a little splash!

Holding the catapult in one hand between your fingers, use your other hand to hold a sponge wedge and pull back on the spoon. Then let it fly!

Large Water Balloon Launcher:

If you have those self-tie water balloons and/or just want to make a launcher for bigger balloons, follow this tutorial for more fun.

All you need is some latex tubing (also called surgical tubing or rubber tubing) and a roll of duct tape.

Start by measuring about six feet of tubing and cut off the excess.

Tie a knot in the two ends of the tubing and cut the excess again.

Wrap the knot with duct tape to make a handle.

Then find the middle on the opposite side and wrap with tape to make a matching handle.

Cut five strips of duct tape about the same size and lay them sticky side up, overlapping them slightly.

Lay the rubber tubing circle in the middle of the tape strips. Then gently fold over the tape, enclosing the tubing and allowing the tape to stick on itself. This makes a pouch for the water balloon.

Your launcher is ready. One person will hold each each handle. The third person places a water ballon on the pouch and pulls back. Then let it fly!

Have so much fun with your launcher!

Finally, for even more wet 'n wild fun, try these ideas with your water balloons:

Water Balloon Pinatas--hang the balloons from string on your trees and proceed the same way you would with a candy filled pinata. Take a swing and try to hit the mark!

Shaving Cream Water Balloons--use that leftover shaving cream from last week to fill your water balloons. Then, have a water balloon fight with an extra surprise inside. Be sure to wear goggles for this activity so you don't get shaving cream in your eyes.

Water Balloon Hot Potato--A water balloon becomes the hot potato that you pass from person to person while music plays. When the music stops, whoever has the hot potato is out!


What was your favorite activity during Wet 'n Wild Week? Let us know by sharing photos/video!โ˜€๏ธ

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