Get your team, family or friends together for the ultimate Instant Challenge! For this Challenge, you will use your creativity, teamwork and problem-solving skills to build a catapult and knock down a wall of stacked “snowmen.” You will have 25 minutes to complete all four parts of this Instant Challenge.

 

Challenge: Use your creativity, teamwork and problem-solving skills to build a catapult and knock down a wall of stacked “snowmen.”

Time: You will have 25 minutes to complete ALL 4 PARTS of this Challenge. Once your team completes a Part of the Challenge, you may immediately move on to the next Part of the Challenge. You must complete Parts 1-4 in order.

Part One: Build a catapult using only craft sticks, rubber bands, a plastic spoon and tape.

Part Two: Decorate 10 paper or plastic cups to look like snowmen. You will have construction paper, glue sticks and a pair of scissors to help you create your snowmen designs.

Part Three: Using only a rubber band and string, create a device to help your team members stack your 10 snowmen into a pyramid shape. (See diagram below.)

Part Four: Use your catapult to launch marshmallows and knock down all 10 snowmen. Note for Team Manager/Adult Leader: To make Part 4 more challenging, give each team only 10 marshmallows for launching.

Materials:

  • Craft Sticks
  • Rubber bands
  • Plastic Spoons (1 per team)
  • Tape
  • String (8 pieces per team)
  • Paper or Plastic Cups
  • Construction Paper
  • Glue Sticks
  • Marshmallows
  • Scissors

 

Scoring: You will receive:

  • 4 points (40 points maximum) for each snowman you knock down.
  • Up to 20 points for the creativity of your team-created catapult.
  • Up to 20 points for the creativity of your snowmen.
  • Up to 20 points for how well your team works together.

 

Click here to download and print a copy of this Instant Challenge.

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