How Do You Make a Catapult with a Wishbone?

You can make a toy catapult from a wishbone, matchstick, rubber band and stick of gum.


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  • Chicken wishbone
  • Rubber band
  • Matchstick (might also work with a toothpick)
  • Gum (might also work with Play-Dough, clay or silly putty)


  • Chew gum
  • Turn wishbone so that curved part is up and wide part of connected end is down
  • Stick gum under wide part of bone at the connected end
  • Loop rubber band across the two unconnected ends of the wishbone
  • Thread matchstick between the strands of the rubber band
  • Wind rubberband up by turning matchstick
  • Stick one end of the matchstick to the gum, under the wide part of the bone
  • Wait a few minutes.

What Should Happen

Within a few minutes, the wide end of the wishbone will release from the gum. The matchstick, under tension from the wound-up rubber band, will fling the wishbone in the air.

The movement of the wishbone is like the movement of a catapult, pulling away from the gum.

Experiment by putting small bits of paper on the end of the wishbone before it releases to see how high they will fly.

Click here to read about the history of catapults.

Thanks to “How to Do Nothing with Nobody All Alone by Yourself” for suggesting this activity.

To you and sharing simple delights with your grandchildren.

Carol Covin, Granny-Guru

Author, “Who Gets to Name Grandma? The Wisdom of Mothers and Grandmothers

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