Sunday 4 March 2018

A Medieval Trebuchet

Today I'd like to share with you some building fun my boys and I have had this weekend.

I found this kit at a garage sale and so even with the idea of flying objects, 
my boys and I took to building it. :) 

We haven't gotten into medieval things at our home, but my son was learning about levers and such so this was just up his alley and field of study at the moment. 

We got out the instructions and collected all we needed except for the snack part. 
I thought it was so fun that they added that element. 
We had just eaten lunch so more food was not necessary. 

There was a bit of measuring, snapping and cutting to do.  
Good practice! 

There was also lots of glueing and we even needed a small hammer to get all the pieces together. 

The hose pieces that were cut were a bit finicky to get onto the poles, 
but at last it was moving smoothly where it should go. 

We found some gravel in our science kit to add to the bucket, and the clay was rolled into a nice ball. 

Every so often when the mechanism doesn't work just right...there is gravel that goes flying around the room.  

We situated the trebuchet so that it would fire towards the kitchen pantry cupboards so as to protect most of the items in the house from harm.

It was a great activity to do with them.  
Something hands on that helps them to remember the lessons without feeling they're 
"in school". 

A great part of homeschooling is that learning happens in "real life" 
and not just in some classroom.

Thank you for dropping by today! 

I hope you have a beautiful day!

1 comment:

Linda S. said...

What a fun project! :-)