Surviving Sick Days – DIY Catapult Game

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I’m happy to be back with Part 3 of our “Surviving Sick Days” series with Children’s Mucinex! In our first post we talked about staying healthy (we all try SO hard) but when the cold or flu does hit I definitely go into full blown Mom mode. In Part 2 we shared a super fun DIY dry erase album that many of you loved! Today I have a game that my sick kiddos really love and I think yours will too! It’s a DIY catapult game!

You’ll just need craft sticks (slotted or not – these were the ones we had on hand), rubberbands (I had the small clear hair elastics), a plastic spoon, and whatever you want to catapult!

The design is pretty straight forward – stack up 6 or 7 sticks and rubberband them together. Make a “V” around the stack with 2 more sticks and secure with rubberbands making an x over the 2 sticks (as shown in the images)

When laying down I used a clipboard for a sturdy base and placed a bucket at the end of the couch to try and launch the balls into.

My boys like it best when I participate by holding the bucket and moving it around to catch the balls. It’s fun to experiment with different angles of the catapult (more sticks on the bottom) and different sized/weight balls to launch into the bucket.

It’s such a fun game to make and play!  Luckily Children’s Mucinex helps them feel a bit more up to playing games since it does help clear their congestion and perk them up a bit when they are fighting the bug. This allows us to experiment a bit more.

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Allison Waken is a wife, mom of boys and Phoenix, AZ native. She has been creating inspiring content for All for the Boys since 2011. Allison loves travel, movies and spending as much time as possible with her family while she can!


  1. My boys love to play board games. I just asked my 5 year old what his favorite game is out of all the ones we play. Not surprisingly he answered, "Mouse Trap" probably because we just got it yesterday. (at a kids consignment store for a quarter!)

  2. My almost five year old son still likes Candy Land and Chutes and Ladders,e specially becuase he wins every time! He is also starting to really like the game of Sorry-which he has won often as well. :~

  3. ThatBrunette Reply

    For the moment, it's chess. He enjoys the battle/strategy aspect.

  4. We got him several cheap small nerve gun and we made a 'target practice' on our glass door (because it sticks better there)! No one allows to shoot people, only the target picture … I write funny words when he misses the target and will get high scores to hit the bull-eye, he really loves this game, especially during rainy days .. even daddy got a little competitive with it 🙂 Thanks for the chance.

  5. I'm a nanny, not a mom, but my nanny girls LOVE to play charades! Any time and any place, "Guess what I am!" So much fun!

  6. For board games, the bigs like No Stress Chess or Monopoly, the littles like Memory.
    For any game, they love to do animal walks for some purpose. For example, crab walk to the end of the hallway to get a puzzle piece, bring it back like a frog and put the piece in.

  7. Not really a game, but my son loves playing with his Hot Wheels Monster Jam trucks.

  8. Jenny Dalley Reply

    And when our sick kids play the catapult game, the bucket can pull double duty to catch, um, er, p-u-k-e. 😉 My kids' favorite game lately has been Uno. Last year it was Sorry Sliders.

  9. Colorful traditional puzzles to put together.
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

  10. My boys love Labyrinth and Battleship – two games from my own childhood!

  11. Barbara Montag Reply

    For cards Crazy Eight and board games Candyland.
    Thank you.

    barbara dot montyj at gmail dot com

  12. When the kids are sick, our favorite game to play is War with a deck of cards 🙂

  13. Different games at different ages but Yahtzee is a predictable go-to game around here.

    ky2here at msn dot com

  14. We love playing bored games. Our current favorites are Apples to Apples and Catch Phrase. On sick days quiet games like Go fish are more popular.

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