#1: Catapult Catcher
have fun ahead building a toy that didn't begin as a toy.
In ancient times, giant catapults were used as weapons to
hurl stones and other dangerous objects across great distances
toward an enemy. For your enjoyment Rick has created a fun-filled
and peaceful toy for you and friends.
project, a toy catapult, is based on a small Chinese skill toy
that originally launched a hard wooden ball between two cups.
Measuring two feet long, this catapult project is much larger
than the original toy and uses safe, soft, puff balls as its
projectile. This is one of the most popular projects in Rick's
workshops. Always wear safety goggles.
You Will Need
1 small hammer and 1 small saw.
1 yard stick. Three 1/8 holes pre-drilled at the
1", 24" and 35" mark. Pre-draw a line at the
1 empty film can with top. 1/8" hole drilled in bottom
1 plastic cup. Poke a tiny hole in the bottom.
2 brass paper fasteners (3/4" or larger).
1 wooden (fulcrum) block 1"x1" by 3/8" thick.
1 carpet tack, 5/8" long
1 strip of electrical tape 12 "long
2 3/4" acrylic puff balls from a crafts store.
is a professional toy inventor and teacher whose Toymaking Workshops
have been attended by tens of thousands of children across America.
Rick researches traditional folk toys from around the world and
transforms them into magical projects packed with surprise, laughter
and learning. Featured at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American
History, schools and festivals nationally, his patented inventions
have been sold in toy stores around the world.