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  • Corey Irwin | Cooking with Corey

    Craft Stick Catapult | DIY Network: Fun project for those crazy last weeks of school. #kids #crafts #diy #popsicle #stick #catapult

  • Tess Kelley

    Craft Stick Catapult - Because we obviously need a marshmallow catapult in our apartment, tori. :)

  • Lois Joy Wetherington

    Popsicle stick catapult "Made this for preschool. Shoots great! Need to remember this for cub scouts when the time comes."

  • Anaiya Dehn

    Craft Stick Catapult: 8 sticks, 5 rubber bands, a small milk cap, marshmallows. Aim, fire!

  • Amy Elizabeth

    Craft Stick Catapult - Perfect for mini marshmallows!

  • Amy Drummond

    Let's get rid of some of those popsicle sticks at camp... TOO MANY. Levers and Pulleys FOSS unit idea -- will love this!! Really cool idea for force and motion unit!

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