Peapods Favorites is our continuing series about our all-time favorite toys. Keep and an eye on facebook and Pinterest for more favorites through the holiday season!
This is such a simple toy, but it's created a lot of fun in the past 12 years or so! Made in Oregon by Mike Spikes' American Toy Company, the Ping Pong Catapult shoots ping pong balls across the room. We've had many customers who buy this toy for every birthday kid they know from ages 5 to 45.
Kids love the ping pong catapult because it invites experimentation. Can you know down a tower of spools with it? Can you land the ball in a cardboard box? Will it launch an acorn, a conker, or a Lego guy? Can you make the ball go farther by launching it down the stairs? Can you bounce the ball off a wall and catch it?
During all this play and experimenting, your kids will be running back and forth, maybe even up and down stairs, retrieving ping pong balls and launching them over and over. Honestly, we can't think of a better rainy day toy to burn off steam with some creative kinetic energy!