Design Challenge: Making a Catapult
In this activity, your child will be challenged to use three simple materials to create a launcher for an action figure or small toy. This prompt is intentionally open-ended so that your child can be creative about how they use the materials.
The purpose of this activity, like many design challenges, is for your child to gradually develop skills of empathy, persistence, and resilience. We have given instructions that you can use to guide your child through each step of the design thinking process. Make sure to complete each step in the instructions so that your child can fully experience the design thinking process, which includes phases of brainstorming, prototyping, testing, reflecting, and modifying. However, feel free to go beyond what we have written, and have fun with this activity!