Ten Things to do with Sticks – Guest Post from Squiggle Mum
Squiggle Mum and I share a mutual love of sticks (among other things!) and Cath has written this fabulous guest post all about them!
Used carefully, sticks can be a valuable (and free) natural play resource for kids. A simple stick is full of potential and has endless possibilities for play.
In our backyard we have a healthy supply of small and medium sticks thanks to our large gum trees. I try to only enforce two rules outside: keep yourself safe, and keep others safe. That’s it. As long as the kids are making safe choices, I encourage playing with sticks. And so far, no one has even come close to losing an eye!
Kate recently blogged about her experience with letting the Picklebums play with sticks. I thought I’d add to it by sharing some ideas your kids might like to try outside with sticks too:
Make a pretend fishing pole.
Design a flag and make a flagpole.
Tie three sticks together to form a teepee.
Create a stick sculpture using wire or a hot glue gun.
Tie your morning tea in a square of fabric and carry it over your shoulder.
Build a cubby house or gunyah.
Use your stick to write in the soil or sand.
Build a bridge for ants, fairies, toy dinosaurs, or small cars.
Create a natural mobile using sticks, string, and other found natural objects.
Build a pretend fire and toast pretend marshmallows (or even better, a real fire with real marshmallows if you can!)
Do you allow your kids to play with sticks?
If so, what other suggestions could you add to this list?
Catherine Oehlman is a mother, teacher, writer, picture book lover, outdoor play advocate, coffee drinker and self confessed bird-nerd. She still climbs trees and eats fairy bread – with or without her two young kids! Cath squiggles about topics close to her heart at her blog Squiggle Mum.
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