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MindWare Contraptions Catapult


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  • No tools required
  • Measure, construct, launch
  • Great indoor activity
  • Ages 7 and up
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- This toy is a small ball. Not for children under 3 yrs.
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 2.8 x 8.1 inches ; 1.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Origin: Made in USA or Imported
  • ASIN: B0043AGA4S
  • Item model number: 48143W
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 7 - 11 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,378 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
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Product Description

Boost their learning trajectory with an authentic catapult! Kids can build their own with planks, a little glue and the help of easy, step-by-step instructions. What shoots farther, a marshallow or a piece of macaroni? How does the object's course change when you pull the arm back to different points? Includes pre-drilled planks, wood glue, leather strap, ruler, rubber bands, cup, 2 balls, target mat, fasterners and instructions.

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Customer Reviews

It's fun and age appropriate.
Misty
A couple of notes about assembly - I'd recommend using a hot glue gun rather than the wood glue provided, as it seemed to hold better.
Allison's Mommy
It is a wonderful kit that a child really can put together!
Annemarie Kis-Horvath

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Little Joey on January 5, 2013
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Overall this is a not a terrible kit. However, although there has been some care taken in the creation of the directions, they are not going to allow the average user to be 100 percent successful. And there are some issues with parts. There is a big sheet of directions meant to look somewhat like "blueprints" and it's a good start. They are clear about how to assemble the smaller sub-assemblies needed before putting those together to make the final product- and the drawings are pretty clear. However, when you get to the end and are trying to assemble the whole thing you realize that small errors made along the way make the final product "iffy". The manufacturer needs another round of real-world testing and editing of the directions. That being said, here's my advice for success. (I say this as a carpenter AND architect)

Use your own wood glue, like a good yellow carpenters glue.
You will need some spring clamps. Jorgensen "Pony" clamps, with the orange rubbery tips, are perfect. (they are like giant clothespins). A couple "small" and a couple of "medium" one will be fine. Check your local hardware store if you don't have these. You really cannot adequately glue up the "sticks" without clamps. We assembled two or three "stick" assemblies with glue and clamps, and left them to dry overnight. If you had a lot more clamps you could do more work in each session. As it was, it took us about 6 sessions. They don't say anything about clamping of course, but there's no way to ensure that the pieces remain tight and aligned while the glue sets up if you do not have clamps.

In Step 6, make user that the "upright supports" are perpendicular to the base. Use a square if necessary. Make sure that the holes at the top of the "upright supports" are level with each other!
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By sfsdmom on December 30, 2010
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I often buy gifts that require a lot of parent/kid interaction, and this has been one of my six-year-old son's favorites. It took us a few days of glueing and some patience on his part, but once it was constructed, it was great. I bought a package of ping pong balls and a package of little nerf bullet-y balls and he has been bombarding everyone and everything in the house, and having a BLAST! I'm sure eventually it will pop apart from overuse, but till then...INCOMING!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Eric Kang on November 15, 2013
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Bought this and catapult for my class. The glue that they use is awesome. It sets in minutes..and I mean minutes. I had a 12 year old making it and a 10 yr old and they made it in about 2-3 hours. They did make some mistakes so I think a competent adult should be present . :). It works pretty awesome. Its not cheap either. We were shooting marshmallows and marbles and it threw them approximately 6 feet. We've used it for 9 weeks and it hasn't busted. the rubber bands on this one has lost some of its power now.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By munchabuncha on January 10, 2011
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My 9 year-old son loves this catapult! It took some time to make this with the gluing of the wood, but once it was finished, look out!!! My only complaint is that the tube of glue was completely dried out, so we had to use our own wood glue. Love the science theories involved in this activity. Would highly recommend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kristin Kamstra on March 18, 2013
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This is great for my older son that loves to put things together! He really enjoyed the process of building it and then playing with it after getting it together!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Smart Momma on May 22, 2013
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love this idea but it broke fast. followed instruction. let it dry for 12 hours before use. but it is just glue together and started coming apart with in the first hour of play. it really should have nails or something more substantial.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Allison's Mommy on January 15, 2013
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My nine-year-old daughter just loves this catapult. She's enjoyed making hypotheses about how far different objects will travel, aiming it at the target provided, & knocking down towers made out of Jenga blocks. The kit comes with a "blueprint" for assembly instructions, which she thought was cool, & I think constructing the catapult was almost as much fun for her as playing with it.

It was easy for the two of us to assemble the catapult; it took us around an hour, not including time for the glue to set. A couple of notes about assembly - I'd recommend using a hot glue gun rather than the wood glue provided, as it seemed to hold better. Also, the instructions show a "flight deck" made from one plain block, but the photo on the front of the box shows 4 plain blocks, which was what we ended up using.

It won't last forever, but it's a fun way to learn a bit about physics. We'll be buying the trebuchet kit soon.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Beverly A. Carlson on November 7, 2012
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7 yr old grandson requested this item after he received the MindWare tribouchet (sp??) Directions for assembly were quite good even though at age 7 he did need adult help. It was working just fine when I left him 2 weeks ago.
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