as i got older they finally tried to teach me to make them. i couldn't actually do it for a while. it requires some coordination and hand strength.
my daughter made one at school on corndog day. those sticks are longer and easier to use. the ones we used in the pictures were harder because they are weird shaped. i couldn't find 5 regular popsicle sticks in the house, how crazy is that? these worked. i colored them different colors so it would be easier to see and explain.
first three stacked and fanned out. the center has to be on top though
it takes some practice for little hands but 7-8 year olds can usually get it. younger takes a little longer.
this is what it looks like finished. i'm sure there are some great object lessons, science lessons and other practical uses for this silly little thing. mostly, they are just fun to throw and watch explode.