Invitation to Invent: Can You Build a Catapult?

invitation to Invent: Can you Build a Catapult?

Hey, Diddle Diddle, the Cat and the Fiddle, the Cow jumped over the Moon….

This classic poem by Mother Goose has for years been a favorite of my kids. There are many days that Livia sings it to Roo as he swings back and forth and smiles. Or days when at lunch Meatballs’ dish runs away with his spoon. I have never figured out what it is about that silly rhyme, but my kids love it. So when my kids pulled out their Horizon Snack Grahams while packing their lunches and saw that they were shaped like cows, it was of no surprise to watch them start playing the Cow jumped over the Moon!

invitation to Invent: Can you Build a Catapult?

Watching their imaginations at play so the next day during homework snacks I presented them with an invitation to invent a machine to help their cows jump over the moon.

invitation to Invent: Can you Build a Catapult?

One of my favorite parts about being a mom is the daily challenge to encourage my children’s imagination – to keep them creating, playing, and dreaming. And quite honestly, that is why I love wholesome snacks like this; they encourage healthy choices while feeding your child’s creativity!

invitation to Invent: Can you Build a Catapult?

For this snack time challenge we used:

  • Horizion Honey Snack Grahams
  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Rubber Bands
  • #2 Pencils
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Duck Tape
  • Scissors
  • Magformer Wheels (Lego, K’Nex, Tinker Toys –whatever you have in your home that kids can BUILD with will work)

How to Build a Catapult!

For this invitation to invent, I did not tell my children what to create other than we were building machines to help our cows jump over the moon. I did make a sample catapult to show them the concept as this was a new activity for us. My kids had a BLAST shooting their cows into their Horizon Lowfat Chocolate Milk and on to their plates!

invitation to Invent: Can you Build a Catapult?

When it came time for them to build their was a lot of trial and error.

invitation to Invent: Can you Build a Catapult?

A couple frustrations as some experiments did not work…

invitation to Invent: Can you Build a Catapult?

And a whole lot of laughter, creativity, and fun! This was such a simple snack time set up with huge potential for encouraging learning and imagination. The things that my kids created was a blast to observe- Who would have thought that the cow could visit the man on the moon?! Definitely one for the memory books!

invitation to Invent: Can you Build a Catapult?

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