Today one of toys for children and adults. (Children with adult supervision, we do not want accidents).
It’s a funny little collection of artifacts that we have found in the net and made in a moment, with popsicle sticks, or those that sell for crafts.
Many image and fewer words because they are self-explanatory.
1 Popsicle sticks bomb:
With 5 sticks intertwined the way you see in the picture, you can make a mini-bomb. It will jump into the air as you release one of the sticks or throw it into the ground. There are many ways to connect the sticks, even to make long chains. This is very simple and quick.
This link (a great blog) there are other types.
Of course, it is a matter of skill and patience, when jumping one, all the others go back.
You will need a stick, a bit of dental floss, and something to use as arrow. We have chosen a swab ears with a cut point, because if it escapes, it will not hurt, if you use a toothpick as an arrow and a carton as a target, the stick will nail.
To do this you just have to leave the stick in water for a while to make the wood a little more flexible. If you do not moisten the stick will break when bent.
Once moistened, you have to make notches on both ends (to hold the thread) and tie a piece of dental floss keeping the curved arc with greatest tension as we can without breaking it. (Please note that with sufficient tension can go really fast and if the arrow is pointed us we can make damage).
This requires a bit more skill, but with a cap, a rubber band (top wide) and two sticks, we can make a small crossbow.
We need to make four holes to plug at 90 degrees from each other, to make them go through the two sticks. Note that two of them have to be above the other two for the sticks intersect but do not stumble. Over the holes that correspond to the upper stick, we will make two round holes where the arrow will be loaded.
Rubber band is placed as in the pictures, and we have a little crossbow.
We have made the holes with an awl and enlarged with a screwdriver. My advice is to use a shampoo cap, or some other pot than soda because the caps in bottles of regular soda are very hard.
In this case the recommendation to use blunt arrows is the same. You can also shoot very strong if we give great tension to the rubber.
Here you have a short video with the three running. (Everything is cooler in super slow motion, although these videos our camera is low resolution)
4 Leonardo’s bridge:
Some time ago we have told you about what it was, you can take a look at this link
As you see, you can also make a self-supporting bridge with these sticks, but it’s more an exercise of patience and pulse than strength of materials.
As we were being too warlike thing ( Leonardo’s bridge was also designed for war ), the latter is a musical instrument.
In this case we used tongue depressors of doctors use , because they are bigger , but can be done with small ones ( it will sound different , of course).
We found the idea on this great blog which has many other great ideas.
We’ve changed a bit. As you can see in the photos, between the cross rubber band and the sticks we have gotten the same rubber bands that will then attach to the sides , one for each side of the rubber that is tight, so it is a bit of separation between the three layers and it’s easier to get sound. Also if we eave one end a little loose, we’ll get different notes while squeezing roughly blow out , and blowing more to the right or the left.
A blow and have fun playing with the sounds !
We hope these toys will give you a lot of fun. Enjoy it !