Friday, May 3, 2013

Marshmallow Catapult

Here's another neat craft from Pinterest. This one can be for boys or girls but I think the boys are really going to be partial to this one. (smile!)
Here's what you are going to need:
  • Family-size tissue box
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Ballpoint pen
  • Push pins
  • 2 rubber bands
  • 2 unsharpened pencils
  • 4-inch length of pipe cleaner
  • Tape
  • Plastic cap
  • Glue dots
Click HERE for directions on how to assemble.
Books related to subject:
Joe the Dreamer: The Castle and the Catapult
When Joe's parents disappear, he becomes the target of the radical militant group that enslaves them and his fate could be worse than death. Available on Amazon
The Art of the Catapult: Build Greek Ballistae, Roman Onagers, English Trebuchets, and More Ancient Artillery

Whether playing at defending their own castle or simply chucking pumpkins over a fence, wannabe marauders and tinkerers will become fast acquainted with Ludgar, the War Wolf, Ill Neighbor, Cabulus, and the Wild Donkey—ancient artillery devices known commonly as catapults. Building these simple yet sophisticated machines introduces fundamentals of math and physics using levers, force, torsion, tension, and traction. Instructions and diagrams illustrate how to build seven authentic working model catapults, including an early Greek ballista, a Roman onager, and the apex of catapult technology, the English trebuchet. Additional projects include learning how to lash and make rope and how to construct and use a hand sling and a staff sling. The colorful history of siege warfare is explored through the stories of Alexander the Great and his battle of Tyre; Saladin, Richard the Lionheart, and the Third Crusade; pirate-turned-soldier John Crabbe and his ship-mounted catapults; and Edward I of England and his battle against the Scots at Stirling Castle. Available on Amazon

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