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This is a neat, and very quick little toy that I first came across on the "Happy Scientist" website.

A couple of minute's work, and you have a toy to keep the kids happy, a fun craft activity, a hook for a fascinating science lesson, and probably the cheapest and quickest at that.



 
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Step 1: Materials and tools

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All you need is a flat, thin piece of wood and something to carve it with.

I have successfully used lollipop sticks, tongue depressors, coffee stirrers and chip forks.

I guess it doesn't have to be wood, but it does need to be fairly rigid.

Step 2: What to do

The basic poong stick is simple - carve one end to about the thickness of a matchstick.

For your own comfort, carve, scrape or sand the narrow part to a more rounded cross-section.  Corners and sharp edges will cut your thumbs or increase the chance of blisters.

You don't have to stick with the plain, er, stick.  You can carve and shape to your heart's content.

The basic carving takes only a couple of minutes with a decent sharp knife.  I haven't tried, but if you add a sanding bit to your rotary tool, you could probably churn them out in seconds.


Step 3: Safety

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OK, I don't really have to warn you about safe use of blades, do I?

But, when you throw a poong stick, it can fly off in unpredictable directions, and it has a narrow, pointy end.

If there are several people using poong sticks at once, you should seriously consider issuing eye protection, especially if you are doing this as a group activity with children.
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Kiteman (author) 3 years ago

Poong Stick merchandise is now available from The Complete Kiteman.
Jayefuu made it!7 months ago

Pooooooooooooooooooooooong.

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Kiteman (author)  Jayefuu7 months ago

Awesome !

Awesome thnx man
Kiteman (author)  YankeesFisherman1237 months ago

You're welcome, glad you enjoyed it!

Jayefuu1 year ago
Someone handed out lollies at work today. Guess who had their Instructables leatherman out whittling within minutes.
Kiteman (author)  Jayefuu1 year ago
Hehe, LOL!
chubawabu2 years ago
amazing instructable.
Kiteman (author)  chubawabu2 years ago
Thank you.
coppertop82 years ago
Is it sad that I'm so entertained by this?
Kiteman (author)  coppertop82 years ago
Not at all!
iamdmc2 years ago
WOW! this is very fun! I used a popsicle stick and it worked! it has a range of noises, from medium high to very low. THANKS KITEMAN!!!!!!
Kiteman (author)  iamdmc2 years ago
You're very welcome!
Awesome! Making one right now. I have the materials in front of me. Could I use an X-acto knife?
Kiteman (author)  thomasthetankengine3 years ago
Of course. Just remember to shave rather than hack.
Awesome! Thanks ;) made one..It's pretty simple but it still makes that awesome sound! Glad you could help me. Maybe a mass-produced version will pop up someday? –Thomas
Should not be too hard to mass produce, just need to get a cutting die made and find someone with a clicker press.
http://www.clickerpress.co.uk/
Kiteman (author)  thomasthetankengine3 years ago
Ha, imagine a sweat-shop full of kids eating popsicles and then shaving the sticks...

Lol =P Ice cream shops might be strangely crowded after this 'ible...and whats a sweat-shop? Haha...I was at an international Future Problem Solvers competition over the weekend. Met kids from all over the world..England, Singapore, Malaysia, etc. It was in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Way to represent America, FPS. Lol ;) I will tell you what place I get out of the world. I was inly competing against 23 other kids and I got 1st for the State Bowl. I will probably get something good..it will mean I'm the __ best FPSer in the whole world for my age group. Yay! Sorry for the long comment...you probably wouldn't normally listen to an American 12 year old for this long haha jk.
Redstormx12 years ago
These were used before the computer for sounds effects..

What happens if u attack a string to the end and just spin it around and around
Kiteman (author)  Redstormx12 years ago
I guess it would be a bull-roarer?
demmons12122 years ago
nice man nice
Kiteman (author)  demmons12122 years ago
Thank you.
NE patsrock3 years ago
these things r amazing
Kiteman (author)  NE patsrock3 years ago
Thank you!
ya theyre so addicting i play with then for hours in my room but y6our fingers start to hurt when you snap tham
use some sand paper to round it up
Kiteman (author)  NE patsrock3 years ago
Mind you don't get blisters...
haha ya
jphillips152 years ago
So, are you going to make these commercially? I can help you if you want. mr.jesse.phillips [at] the gmails
I just whipped up a simple one of these in about 5 minutes. I have 74 more Popsicle/craft sticks to experiment with now. Time to see what I can to with these! :D
Kiteman (author)  bluesquirrel2 years ago
Have you seen this challenge?
jphillips152 years ago
holy crap. Best thing ever!
I love these. I saw this 'ible on holiday but didn't get a chance to follow it until today. When I made mine it struck me that these would make fantastic business cards! Mind if I use this?
Kiteman (author)  scarabeetle1013 years ago
Go ahead!

Post a photo of them, if you can (you might want to blur any personal data, though).
Step 1: Make this
Step 2: Wait until a friend is asleep
Step 3: While asleep, whisper, "We're under attack from aliens!", and throw the stick, multiple times.
Step 4: Profit!
haha il try it
Awesome! Widdled and spray painted mine digital camo.
Kiteman (author)  ~•SMART•~3 years ago
Cool, but I think you mean "whittled" - "widdle" is what puppies do on newspaper...

(Any chance of posting a picture?)
Yes, I'll post one as soon as I can find it, they fly everywhere!
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