Screen Free Week 2012 :: Make a Catapult!

Do you or your kids honor Screen-Free Week?

Screen-Free Week is an annual event in which parents, children, teachers, and others across the country turn off screen media (TV, video games, computers, cell phones, etc.) and celebrate the magic of being unplugged. S

Dates: April 30 – May 6, 2012

My sons school does this every year, and I always think “We are NOT going to make it!” especially when its rainy outside! So I thought I would post each day some Unplugged ideas we could all use to get some Screen-Free time!

Obviously, I work online, so I don’t participate in Screen-Free week, and even if you aren’t participating, once in awhile it would be nice to implement these unplugged, or screen-free ideas!

Make a Catapult! My kids are going to love this!


  • Block of wood
  • Paint (optional)
  • Hot glue
  • Clothespin
  • Jumbo craft stick
  • Plastic bottle cap
  • Paper plates
  • Markers
  • Paper
  1.  To make a launcher, start with a scrap block of wood. Hot-glue a clothespin to the block, and a jumbo craft stick to the clothespin Then glue a plastic bottle cap near the end of the craft stick, leaving a short lip for a release lever.
  2. Create targets of varying point values using paper plates and markers, and crumple small pieces of paper into balls to hurl. Now aim for the highest score.

    You could even use this catapult to play “angry birds” with wooden blocks and pom poms as the birds! 

Tomorrow I will bring even more Screen-Free ideas! And feel free to share yours in the comments!


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