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Finger Basketball

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Finger Basketball

In this activity, learners build mini-basketball courts using cardboard and measuring spoons. Use this activity to introduce learners to catapults, forces, and levers. Note: a drill is used in this activity, and is not included in the cost of materials. [Activity is publicly available through a web crawler capture on]

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per student)

  • 1 large piece of thick cardboard
  • 1 small piece of wood
  • 10" dowel, 1/4" diameter works well
  • 1 measuring spoon
  • 1 small piece of cardstock
  • 1 brass fastener
  • 1 length of string
  • 1 piece of foil
  • 1 small piece of soft plastic tubing
  • 1 sharpie, pencil or marker
  • 1 roll of tape
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun
  • drill
  • drill bit, same size as dowel
  • saw (optional)


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mathematics
    • Geometry
      • Plane Geometry
  • Physical Sciences
    • Motion and Forces
      • Machines
      • Projectile Motion
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Games
  • Sports and Exercise
  • Toys


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

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Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Fresno Community Science Workshop


  • All Rights Reserved, Fresno Community Science Workshop, ©2012

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