Easy-To-Make Wooden Airplanes and Catapults


We all have times at home with our kids where we wish we had quick and easy ideas to keep everyone occupied and an activity that would allow the family to do something together without turning on the TV again.

Here are 2 easy crafts, Homemade Catapults and Wooden Airplanes, that you can do at home with your kids. These both only take about 5 minutes each, and your kids can decorate them to match their own styles.

Best thing though is, if you do not have the items in your home, you can purchase everything at the dollar store for about 5 bucks. Since the supplies are usually in large groups, you’ll even be able to make multiple editions of each craft!

Homemade Catapults

Items needed:

  • 6 popsicle sticks
  • 4 rubber bands
  • 1 plastic spoon


  1. Stack 4 popsicle sticks together and bind them with rubber bands on both ends.
  2. Place the remaining 2 popsicle sticks above and below the group of 4 and bind with a rubber band. This should create a makeshift triangle.
  3. Bind the spoon to the top popsicle stick with a rubber band.

That’s it! Now you have a catapult. My boys each made one of these and played a game by shooting mini marshmallows into solo cups placed about 6-8 feet apart.

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Wooden Airplanes

Items Needed:

  • 1 Clothes pin
  • 3 Popsicle sticks
  • Glue
  • Markers, crayons, paint to decorate
  • Scissors


  1. Take 2 popsicle sticks and glue them to the top and bottom of the clothes pin about 1/2 in from the end.
  2. Cut the remaining popsicle stick in half and glue it to the top and bottom of the opposite end of the clothes pin.
  3. Let glue dry and decorate however you’d like!

Super simple and quick, but it will give your kids a fun cheap activity to help break up the boredom of the day!

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We would love to see how your projects turned out. Take a photo of the finished project and share it to our social media pages. Be sure to tag them: @TransfigurAdopt


** Transfiguring Adoption is a nonprofit organization. Transfiguring Adoption, its staff and volunteers have provided this activity in order to give parents ideas for how to bond and connect with the children in their home. Transfiguring Adoption intends for a capable parents/caregivers to do this activity with their child. Transfiguring Adoption assumes that caregivers/parents will create a safe and appropriate environment in which children will be able to carry out these activities safely and successfully.**

Written by
Steve is an adoptive dad of three boys living near Grand Rapids, MI with his wife, his cats and dog. Along with his wife, he has fostered many other children in the last 5+ years! He has completed many trainings with the Dr. Karen Purvis Institute and strives to keep up on different trauma training's monthly. His whole family nerds out on comic books, video games, movies and regular books! His family often reads a lot of the same comics and books which can lead to some awesome conversations!

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