I remember learning about the catapult in social studies class, and at that young age, it was quite fascinating that you could bend a plastic spoon to fling something across the room, and that this was similar to a war machine of long ago.
They didn’t have the plastic we have today, so medieval catapults were usually made out of wood. Here’s a wooden kit that makes building a functional catapult a lot of fun. If you want something super cool and educational for your older child or teenager, look no further. It’s not common that you find an educational toy that combines both history and science.