Catapult Toy

Last week I made this wooden catapult toy. I was originally going to have it toss paper balls but thought it would be cool to sew some instead. (Similar to the yo-yo balls I made awhile back.) It worked really well. The kids both had a real kick trying to make a basket. I made each ball have slightly different weight, so you have to adjust your technique to get them in. If you want to see it in action, check out the video below!


  1. infinitemonkeytheroy
    December 25, 2010 at 12:16 am

    it was a big hit with the grommet, near as we can tell. thanks for making it! it'll be one of those toys he'll keep forever.

  2. Irēna
    December 25, 2010 at 7:04 am

    amazing!! have a nice Christmas!

  3. Muslim Hippie
    December 25, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    Did you know that you are insanely cool!
    You're kids are lucky:)
    Happy holidays!

  4. cristina
    December 25, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    Feliz Navidad, Joel, to you and your family.
    love the new toy!

  5. modernmaam
    December 26, 2010 at 1:36 am

    ooh! I really like this and that there's the little box for catching!

  6. Madame Ca C'est Chouette
    December 26, 2010 at 9:29 am

    I love this ! It's so funny ! Merry Christmas !!

  7. Stephane
    December 26, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    "Insanely cool." I have to agree with that assessment. Oh, to have this amount of imagination supported by this amount of ability . . . !

  8. Eva
    December 27, 2010 at 6:32 am

    I love everything. Please, go on.

  9. Desdemicordilleradelosandes
    December 27, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    genial Joell!!!
    to you and your family.
    love the new toy!

    Embraces from chili

  10. Steph at Modern Parents Messy Kids
    December 29, 2010 at 1:00 am

    Super fun - and how smart to make the balls different weights to make the game more challenging. You just think of everything :)

  11. origanimal
    December 29, 2010 at 3:36 pm
  12. Joel Henriques
    December 29, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    Thanks so much everybody!

  13. Kira
    December 29, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    I just found your blog because a friend posted a link to this post on Facebook. So many craft blogs are all done by's so cool to see one by a crafty MAN! Crafty men are the best! (I'm a bit biased because I'm married to one)
    I'm loving your projects and am delving into the blog's back-entries! Your work is inspiring! Keep up the good work!

  14. Laine
    January 4, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    This one is sooooooooooo cool! You make me dream about my own carpentry!

  15. kristin
    January 15, 2011 at 1:00 am

    this is awesome!!

  16. Inge
    January 19, 2011 at 7:17 am

    I love your ideas, design and Daddy perspective! Great work! I just found your site last night. I really enjoy it! Having three boys, it will be fun to try some of these ideas! Thank you and keep it going!

  17. Anonymous
    February 18, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Greatest family website I've seen in a long time !
    Lucky kids !!

  18. July 23, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    I've always loved everything kids! I found your site last night, and I can't believe I haven't heard of you before! I know I've seen your elephant print, but truly this is the most fun site I've found in a long time! I've got to say this Catapult Toy makes me want to be a kid again, or at least just act like one. Luckily, I'm surrounded by children so I really don't need an excuse.

    1. July 23, 2011 at 2:39 pm

      Thanks everybody! And thanks Mindy. Glad you found the site!

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