Here’s another fun thing to do with popsicle sticks – build them into stick bombs!
Popsicle stick bombs are quick to make and fun to throw. The boys thought it was cool that they are kind of like ninja stars, and they loved how the sticks fly apart in all directions when they hit something.
The sticks are under tension, which is what makes them pop apart when you throw them. It takes a little bit of practice to learn how to make them, but it’s not difficult. My 8 and 11 year old sons had no trouble building these themselves. My 5 year old couldn’t quite do it, but he and our 3 year old love to throw as many bombs as their brothers will make for them!
This is a good design to start with:
They explode when they land on one side. We had trouble with some not exploding, although if you throw any of them hard enough they will explode! We found that using small popsicle sticks for the horizontal pieces gave them more tension and made them easier to explode.
Here’s another design:
You can find more designs on Make: Projects.
Also, our favorite stick bombs are chain reactions! This one is our new favorite type: