Up at girl's camp I was in charge of putting together a craft/service project for our girls. Unfortunately, due to the hot weather or the fact that they're 15 years old teenage girls, not many participated fully. As a result I came home with TONS of extra Popsicle sticks.
I was putting them away when this idea popped back into my head. I remember playing with these as a kid, don't know when or what the occasion was, but I figured my little boy would have a blast.
Boy was I right!
These are so easy to make. Start with two sticks and make an upside down V.
Put a third stick in the middle of that
Then slide one up about half way, with the two sides on top and the middle stick beneath. (or vise versa, just alternate)
Lastly, use one last stick that alternates opposite of the previous and this will secure the 'ninja star'
They're pretty much harmless and the mess is easy to pick up. My little man has been having fun with these for the last couple days and just giggles and giggles when they explode!