Li’l Man loves to play outdoors. He has an incredible imagination and there are moments when I watch through the kitchen window that I wonder what character he has become. Even isolated in a small area, he can take the ordinary and find a new life for it while he sits. His favorite things are sticks. Any kind will do.
It seems the stick has always been something boys (and girls) have gravitated towards. After all it’s natural. Its all purpose. Its free and it’s only limited by the imagination. As New York’s Strong National Museum of Play pointed out when they selected a stick for inclusion in their National Toy Hall of Fame, ‘It can be a Wild West horse, a medieval knight’s sword, a boat on a stream, or a slingshot with a rubber band . . .’
If the imagination doesn’t propel you enough, Fiona Danks and Jo Schofield have created a book, The Stick Book, Loads of Things You Can Make or Do with a Stick. Inside its covers are suggestions, adventures, and creative play all using a stick. There’s woodcraft, conservation, music and more. Dozens of activities, games and crafts with the spotlight is on the stick!
I LOVE this book. First off, it has pictures–full color pictures. We’re talking almost every activity highlighted with a color photograph! It sorta makes you want to squee; doesn’t it!
In addition to the photographs, there’s a page of instructions–but it’s mostly just for inspiration.
The book also ranks the activities based on how many sticks you want to use…from one to three. Three is sorta like the black diamond area as these require adult supervision.
I’m packing this book in our camping bin for entertainment. The children can play (Winnie the) Pooh sticks or make a loom for some outdoor weaving. We can set up camp with a sun clock and if Jake comes along we’ll build him a one-string guitar!
This book is sure to bring the outdoors to life as children discover the beauty in the outdoors at the healm of stick!
Here’s just some of the suggested uses for a stick:
Make a fire
Cook over a fire
Build a den
Make a DIY tent
Make a staff
Make a stick sword
Make a catapult
Make an ancient spear-thrower and a spear
Make a bow and arrows
Make a pea-shooter
Make a star wand
Make a wizard’s wand
Make scavenging sticks
Make a witch’s broomstick
Make a wiggly snake
Make shadow pictures
Make stick characters
There’s even more things you can do! Take a peek in the pages of The Stick Book and find your next adventure!