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. I have all boys, and each one of them probably has a different favorite game. One would be marbles; yes marbles…the old fashioned game of getting marbles into a sunken cup. Another son loves board games, with Monopoly (NHL version) on the top of his list, and the last one would play flashlight tag evry night, if I'd let him. But, collectively, their favorite game is playing pranks on Mom. lol When the kiddos are ill, we do word search puzzles, Lego's and go through family photos…all with their favorite afghan.

  2. Kari Flores Reply

    A warm bath & Hot Chicken Noodle Soup. kari_944(at)yahoo(dot)com

  3. Love the idea of this catapult… we'll have to try it! My daughter's favorite games are guessing
    games of all kinds… and word search as well.
    Katharina angelsandmusic[at]gmail[dot]com

  4. Any game involving Mario, but a non-electronic game would be fluxx.

  5. When she was young we liked to play Monopoly and Connect 4. Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. Thank you for the craft project idea! I will be using this for a Cub Scout meeting tonight. You're a lifesaver!

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