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Cotton ball launcher

What to do with this activity?

Make your own cotton ball launcher from things you have around the house like cardboard tubes from toilet rolls, rubber bands, a pair of scissors, a short pencil, cotton buds and so on. 

Have a look at the video above from Science Buddies for instructions.

Making it should be fun and then you can plan some simple games and experiments:

1) Who can send their cotton ball furthest?

2) Experiment with the angle of the launcher. If you tilt it up, does it send the cotton ball further? 


  • Why am I doing this?

    One of the ways children learn is through play. A child who is playing is refining learning skills that continue to develop during childhood and beyond. Indoor and outdoor games are a great way of practising some of the reading, writing and number skills your child has learned.

  • How can I do more?

    Encourage your child to teach you a game – letting them teach you something is empowering for your child.

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