pvc slingshot

Launch into this lesson and teach your kid how every action has an opposite and equal reaction. Summer just got way more fun!

Launch into this lesson and teach your kid how every action has an opposite and equal reaction. Summer just got way more fun!

It’s a high-flyin’ summer! Using petroleum-based polyvinyl chloride pipes (PVC pipes) — and a few other things you might have stuffed in the shed — you and your kid can construct a kid-friendly slingshot for some backyard and poolside fun.

PVC Slingshot

Here’s What You Need:

  • Two two-foot sections of half-inch PVC pipe
  • Two half-inch T-shaped PVC joints
  • Two 90-degree half-inch PVC elbow joints
  • Two half-inch PVC caps
  • PVC cement
  • Two 17-inch rubber tubes
  • Four small zip ties
  • 10 inches of felt
  • 1 small metal washer
  • 1 large metal washer
  • Duct tape
  • Rubber bands

Here’s What You Do:

  • With an adult’s help, cut the PVC pipe into: two 3.5 inch pieces, one 6-inch piece and two more sections that measure 6.75 inches
  • Connect two 3.5-inch pieces to the T-joint
  • Then connect the two 90-degree elbow joints on the ends
  • Connect two 6.75-inch pieces to the elbow joints
  • Connect the 6-inch piece to the bottom T-joint
  • Place two caps on the top ends of the slingshot
  • Glue the slingshot together using the PVC cement (but be sure to act fast, this stuff dries quick!)
  • Cut the two 17-inch rubber tubes into four 8.75-inch pieces
  • Cut your felt in half, then poke holes into the corners of each half piece
  • Tie the rubber tubes through the holes in the felt
  • Use duct tape to secure the rubber tubes in place
  • Take your rubber tubes and add secure them to the slingshot with two ties on one side, and two on the other.
  • Secure the tied rubber tubes in place using zip ties

Load up on water balloons, and let ’em fly!