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Capoodle with a Noodle

Word of the Week

Catapult (cat-uh-pollt): A device used to launch something, often a large rock, a great distance. So we head back to Greece for the origin of this word “kata” meaning ‘against’ and “pallein” meaning ‘to hurl’.


Gram here, and I know that this has been a loooooong summer for everyone. So what could I do to make things a bit more interesting for you? Introduce you to catapults, of course!

If you look at history, you will find that catapults were used by the ancient Greeks and Romans as a military weapon. The simple design made them easy to use, and they were very effective too. We are making a super simple design we will call the “CAPOODLE”. Think of it as a cousin to the catapult that we will craft using a pool noodle! This version is easy to assemble, easy to use for kids of all ages, and safe enough to play with indoors!

July 30th is also International Friendship Day! Grab a friend, create a “CAPOODLE”, and have some fun while there’s a little summer left.

If you are looking for more of a challenge, there are tons of designs available online.


Capoodle 7-30
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